The hub of information for the Second Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program, our blog contains posts with announcements, news and events, articles, periodicals and additions or updates to our website.

This page contains published posts from the December 2017 archive sorted chronologically with the newest at the top.

New Events: Ten Training Classes For New Volunteers

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 events were added to our calendar.

You can also browse and access events on our calendar grid.

Happy New Year!

Holiday Gift Drive Report, Quilt Raffle Fundraiser Report and New Foundation Logo

Holiday Gift Drive Report

Each year, our all-volunteer nonprofit support organization Guardian ad Litem Foundation Second Circuit, Inc. works with local businesses, community organizations and individuals to ensure that every child represented by the Second Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program receives gifts for the holiday season.

Thanks to the community's generous support, the 2017 Guardian ad Litem Holiday Gift Drive was an outstanding success. Providing gifts to hundreds of local children and youth, the drive brought in an impressive range and quantity of items.

  • $2,645 in gift cards
  • 8,000 wipes
  • 4,500 diapers
  • 150 trucks, dolls and action figures
  • 100 books and board games
  • 100 baby and toddler toys
  • 75 stuffed animals
  • 69 bicycles, tricycles and scooters
  • 60 sets of blocks
  • Clothing items
  • Helmets

"Clearly, the community cares about our youth in care and another holiday will hopefully bring some happiness to these children despite their circumstances," said Jennifer West, Guardian ad Litem Foundation Second Circuit board member.

Thank you to event chair Stacey Burns and everyone who participated in the holiday gift drive.

Happy holidays to all!

Quilt Raffle Fundraiser Report

On Monday, December 11, 2017, Guardian ad Litem Foundation Second Circuit conducted the drawing for the Guardian ad Litem Quilt Raffle Fundraiser. This novel event, culminating with the drawing held at Starbucks on Thomasville Road in Tallahassee, gave people a chance to win a beautiful, handmade quilt in exchange for a twenty dollar donation.

Congratulations to Jan Davis, the lucky winner randomly selected from twenty-three entries. A volunteer guardian ad litem for the past seven years, Davis is now the proud owner of the quilt — "Tied Together to Help the Community" — a 2014 volunteer collaboration by employees with the Florida Office of the Attorney General.

Measuring seventy by eighty-seven inches, the quilt consists of over 175 ties contributed by the employees and was designed and constructed by four of them. The goal of creating the quilt was to raise funds for a worthy cause. The raffle raised $460 for our program.

Thank you to the Florida Office of the Attorney General, event chair Jennifer West and everyone who donated!

Quilt

Three individuals who helped produce the quilt joined by Attorney General of Florida Pam Bondi (right) standing in front of "Tied Together to Help the Community".

New Foundation Logo

Following its recent renaming, Guardian ad Litem Foundation Second Circuit now has a new logo to match. Thanks to the efforts of board member Lilianna Murphy, the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association has allowed the foundation to use a customized version of their logotype. It has replaced the CAII branding on our Foundation page and website sidebar.

In addition, the logo is available to download in three formats and sizes suitable for use on web pages and in small documents printed on home or office printers. The downloads, samples and details on requesting tailor-made versions are available on the foundation's logo page.

Please note that the logo may only be used on official materials produced or sanctioned by the foundation's board.

GAL Guardian ad Litem For Children, Guardian ad Litem Foundation Second Circuit

New Event and Holiday Gift Drive Update

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 added to our calendar.

You can also browse and access events on our calendar grid.

Holiday Gift Drive Update

One addition has been made to the 2017 Guardian ad Litem Holiday Gift Drive event page. The aforementioned Jeff Cameron Show Bowling Tournament was added to the "Supporting Events" section.

Separated from family and siblings, the holiday season can be a difficult and lonely time for the abused, neglected and abandoned children represented by our program. Despite their circumstances and heartbreaking stories, these children and youth still anticipate the season like any other child and teen.

Run by our nonprofit partner Guardian ad Litem Foundation Second Circuit, Inc., the annual holiday gift drive ensures that all children and youth represented by our program are able to receive some gifts this holiday season.

You can learn all about the drive and how to participate by visiting gal2.org/gift today.