The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
205 E. Main Street, Bartow417 W. Main St. Wauchula, FL 338731968 Sebring Pkwy Sebring, FL 33870Bartow (Polk, Highlands & Hardee County), FL33830
Become a voice for children
Everyday we see news stories about children taken from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. We assume there is a program or system that will take care of these children and make sure they are safe and well cared for. There is a story behind the story. It is of a six-year-old girl who has been moved to six different homes and three schools in two years, or the toddler separated from her brothers and sisters. These stories can have a better ending becuase of the trained Guardian ad Litem volunteers who work together with professional staff providing a powerful voice on behalf of these children. Guardians come for all walks of life. They are poeple who believe society has a fundamental obligation to these children and children have the right to be treated with dignity, to be safe and to thrive in a loving hamily. The Guardian becomes a friend, mentor or that special someone who cares. Guardians visit the children and their parents as well as gathering information by speaking to their teachers, doctores and extended family members. The Guardian makes fact based recommendations to the court about what they believe is in the best interest of the children. It only takes approximately 7 - 8 hours a month to make a differenct in the life of a child. Free training is provided. Children in Polk, Highlands and Hardee County are waiting for you.