American Heritage Girls is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country. The organization offers badge programs, service projects, girl leadership opportunities, and outdoor experiences to its members. It serves as a catalyst for building young women of integrity and faith. It also broadens girls' social development through extra-curricular activities. This program of character building has successfully served thousands of girls since its inception and will continue to do so long into the 21st century.
For the past year, a group of hardworking moms and excited daughters have been meeting as an informal AHG group to see if there were any interest outside of our families for an organization of this kind. Troy United Methodist was so kind to allow us to meet monthly at church where we had over 60 girls attend our first gathering! The interest is definitely out there for families to have a Christ centered service-oriented organization for our daughters. We have had the privilege to serve homemade dinner that the girls prepared to those in need at a homeless shelter in Granite City, packed and sent out over 100 shoeboxes stuffed with goodies for Operation Christmas Child, had a great time camping this past summer, participated in a walk for unborn babies with Mosaic Crisis Pregnancy Center, walked in the Veterans Day parade and much more!
We are so proud to announce that after months of paperwork and hours of meetings Metro East American Heritage Girls troop IL2911 is now formally established! Troy United Methodist Church has agreed to be our charter organization, and we are very excited to see where God takes this partnership! I had the honor of naming the troop IL2911 after my favorite bible verse Jeremiah 29:11 which reads:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
It is our prayer that AHG troop IL2911 becomes a place where our daughters can investigate their relationship with Jesus Christ, where they can discover God’s will for their lives and where they can develop the heart, hands and feet of the gospel all while building relationships with each other and our community.
We would love for your daughters, granddaughters, neighbors or any other girls God might bring to your heart to come and experience this fantastic group of young ladies for themselves. Our membership is enrolling now from Kindergarten through 12th grade! We would love for you to become part of the Metro East AHG IL2911 family!
Please contact Aimee Folmer at 618-659-3400 or Heather Budwell at 314-363-6011 for more information. Like us on Facebook at Metro East American Heritage Girls (IL)
By Heather Budwell