The Naples News-Press reports on a a recent wine-tasting event, attended by over 150 people, to raise funds for the “Voices for Kids” program, which organizes volunteers to advocate for children caught in the welfare system. The program is a non-profit agency supporting Florida’s 20th Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties.
The original story on the fundraiser is here.
Children often suffer disproportionately as a family goes through economic or other stresses. The beauty of programs like these, which exist in many counties and states, is that they pair up compassionate, stable adults with children who desperately need stability and an advocate in their lives. Volunteers in these programs don’t often call attention to themselves, but if you talk with them, you will learn how far a little direct care and attention can go.
Half of the children in the Voices for Kids program are under 5, but they go all they way to age 18. Their focus in on abused, neglected and abandoned children. There are even special roles for attorneys, who can provide services on a pro-bono basis.
For more information on Voices for Kids of Southwest Florida, or to learn more about serving as a Guardian ad Litem volunteer, visit their website at http://www.voicesforkids.org/.