FORT MYERS, Fla. (Oct. 24, 2019) – The Charlotte Community Foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant to Guardian ad Litem Foundation, 20th Judicial Circuit, for a program that aims to bring normalcy to the lives of youth in the child welfare and foster care systems.

Through its Children’s Needs Program, Guardian ad Litem volunteer advocates can request financial support for experiences such as Happier Birthdays, summer camps, tutoring, school field trips, sports participation, clothing or a fun outing like a night at the arcade, theme park tickets and more. The grant will be used to assist children in Charlotte County.

The Charlotte Community Foundation focuses on programs that enhance the quality of life in Charlotte County, strengthen the community’s nonprofit organizations and support projects, programs and services that address the community’s most urgent needs. Its Community Investment Grants are awarded to “enhance programs or services of organizations that can deliver measurable improvements in output and demonstrate outcome for those served.”

Guardian ad Litem Foundation ensures that abused, neglected and abandoned youth in Southwest Florida have a voice as they navigate the judicial, education and child welfare system. The nonprofit was among 11 organizations awarded funding through the Charlotte Community Foundation’s 2019 Community Investment Grants.

About Guardian ad Litem Foundation

Guardian ad Litem Foundation, 20th Judicial Circuit, was established in 1984 and is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports Guardian ad Litem programs in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. The Foundation, a United Way Partner Agency, has a mission of ensuring that every abused, neglected or abandoned youth in Southwest Florida has a voice as they navigate the judicial, education and child welfare system. The Foundation raises funds that help meet a child’s health, educational and social needs, as well as provide support for highly trained volunteer advocates who represent the best interests of a child until a safe, permanent placement is established. For additional information, visit VoicesForKids.org or call 239-533-1435.