How We Started...
The Island Friends Guild was started on Mercer Island, Washington in March 2015. Previously, 3 of our members, Kiran D'Souza, Katrina Dumler, and Addi Arvish came up with the idea of a guild for their Girl Scout Silver Award. They asked their friends Tara Manhas, Catherine Fosburgh, and Claire Humphrey to join them. We came to know that the Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit(PBMU) at Seattle Children's Hospital's didn't get much support from guilds. We decided to create a guild that focuses on the PBMU. Now this guild of 8th grade girls is more than earning an award, but to help our community and raise awareness on mental health which is around us everyday. We hope that this guild's help will one day continue as we continue to grow. We are the first guild that is focused on the Psychiatry and Behavioral Unit at the hospital. This makes us want to work even harder and help this cause even more because this is a really important cause.
- Thanks to our Back 2 School Social and Fundraiser, we sent $4000 to the Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit(PBMU) at Seattle Children's Hospital. Our first fundraiser was quite the success!
- We were featured in the Mercer Island Living and Seattle Children's Connections magazine
- We received an Instagram post from both @seattlechildrens and @girlscouts
- Our Instagram has over 100 followers!
- We were featured in the Seattle Children's Guild New magazine in their 2015 overview
- During May which is Mental Health Awareness Month, the Pulse Blog for SCH had a post on us!
- We were on Q13 Fox News to talk about Mental Health Awareness
Did You See Us?
We were on Q13 Fox News to promote Mental Health Awareness Month!
The Pulse Blog on SCH had a post about our guild in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month which is May! So did the Instagram!
We were featured in the Seattle Children's Guild New magazine in their 2015 fundraising overview (on page 4, bottom paragraph).
@seattlechildrens on Instagram posted us on their page with an overview of what we have done! So did @girlscouts!
Seattle Children's Hospital magazine, Connections, most recent issue included information about the mental health unit and our guild!
We were featured in the Mercer Island Living's September issue as the nonprofit. Our own Claire Humphrey wrote the article informing Mercer Island about our guild and what have done and what our future is to hold.