BENEFITING: GUARDIAN AD LITEM FOUNDATION OF TAMPA BAY INC
The Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay is hosting the 3rd annual SuperHero 5K Run, Walk and Stroller Roll. Our mission is to provide advocacy and support for the 3,000 abused and neglected children in Pinellas and Pasco Counties. Our goal is simple -- that every child has a volunteer Guardian ad Litem to help them navigate the turbulent waters of the dependency system. Guardian ad Litem volunteer child advocates are the voice of the child in court and the child’s best interest is their only interest. Guardian ad Litem volunteers help children both in and out of the courtroom to make sure their needs are met and they are often the only consistent adult in a child’s life. Tampa Bay’s foster children need more help than the system can provide-and you can help. Will you make a difference in the life of an abused or neglected child today? We need your help to raise awareness of the issues children in care face as well as to raise funds to provide resources for children in our local community, such as: basic needs like beds, clothing, uncovered medical expenses, tutoring and school supplies as well as extracurricular activities that allow kids to be kids. Just in the first quarter of this year, we have seen a 70% increase in the needs of the children we serve. More children than ever before (since 2008) are coming into foster care with more complex needs and their stay in care is longer. We need your help to meet this demand! Runners will join us on Saturday, September 23, 2017 along the beautiful Safety Harbor Waterfront, but you can help just by donating here or starting your own fundraiser and getting sponsors to pledge dollars for your efforts to help abused children-whether you walk in person or virtually. $25 provides emergency clothing, $50 provides infant needs like strollers, car seats, or diapers and formula, $100 provides a laptop or other educational supports for our teens, $250 provides an extra-curricular activity to let kids be kids or tutoring to help a child who has fallen behind in their schoolwork. There are over 1,300 children that currently do not have a Guardian ad Litem volunteer to safeguard them or advocate for their needs. Not everyone has the time or the heart to be a Guardian ad Litem volunteer but YOU can be a SUPERHERO in the life of a child just by donating to our upcoming race or starting your own fundraiser. 100% of your sponsorship will be used to further the mission of the Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay. Thank you in advance for your consideration. Your support helps us achieve our vision of a world where every child has a safe and permanent home with the opportunity to thrive. Together, we can make a difference in the life of a child.