New Event and Guardian ad Litem Community News

New Event

We regularly host, sponsor and support a variety of events that provide community outreach, increase awareness of our program, help recruit new volunteers, raise funds and furnish training to our volunteer guardians ad litem. The following event was recently added to our calendar.

Paul Crawford and Wendy Crews Interview

Paul Crawford, Regional Director for the Third Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program, and volunteer guardian ad litem Wendy Crews were recently interviewed as guests on Perspective, a Florida Gateway College production that airs in the Lake City, Florida area. During the interview, Crawford and Crews discuss the purpose of and need for volunteer guardians ad litem.

You can watch this episode of Perspective on Florida Gateway College's YouTube channel. The episode's runtime is twenty-seven minutes, forty-four seconds.

Women's Council of Realtors Donates Suitcases

On Friday, August 28, 2015, Statewide Guardian ad Litem Program Executive Director Alan Abramowitz announced that the Florida Chapter of the Women's Council of Realtors collected 851 new suitcases and rolling bags to benefit children represented by the program.

The Women's Council of Realtors is a network of successful Realtors who advance women as professionals and leaders in business, the industry and the community that they serve. During their drive, each of the thirty-four Women's Council of Realtors chapters in Florida worked with the twenty programs like ours statewide to collect and donate bags. Their goal was 100 bags, but the successful campaign yielded a total of 851 bags — an increase of 751 percent!

"What started out as a small challenge in January turned into a big impact in August," said Pamela Banks, President of the Women's Council of Realtors Florida Chapter. "We are truly proud of the outpouring of support from our many members and their generosity. We look forward to a continued partnership with the Guardian ad Litem [Program]."

"We have so many people that want to make a difference in the lives of children," said Abramowitz in response to the generosity of this community supporter. "It is inspirational to see the Women's Council of Realtors Florida Chapter step up and be there for abused children, to meet their needs by ensuring they don't have to carry their belongings in a trash bag. Not only did they exceed their goal of giving, but some have since become volunteer guardians to advocate for children."

Thank you to the Women's Council of Realtors Florida Chapter for their support.

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