FORT MYERS, Fla. (July 16, 2021) – The Guardian ad Litem Foundation, 20th Judicial Circuit, received a $2,500 donation of Target gift cards through V & M Mortgage Group at SecurityNational Mortgage Company.

The donation will allow volunteer child advocates to purchase essential items like clothing, linens, toiletries and school supplies for youth in the child welfare system. Guardian ad Litem and its volunteer child advocates serve children who have been abused, neglected or abandoned as they navigate the judicial, education and child welfare systems.

SecurityNational, a retail mortgage lender, selected Guardian ad Litem as its charity of focus for 2021, and Southwest Florida’s Guardian ad Litem Foundation was one of four in Florida to split $10,000 in gift cards. Other recipients include Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay, Voices for Children of Tampa Bay and Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Osceola County.

“Our team is very excited about our new partnership with SecurityNational Mortgage Company and V & M Mortgage Group in Fort Myers,” said Jessica Stanfield, executive director of the foundation. “Their contributions to nonprofit organizations like ours make such positive impacts on the communities in which we live. We are so thankful for their support of the Guardian ad Litem Foundation, 20th Judicial Circuit, and the children we serve.”

Based in Fort Myers, V & M Mortgage Group is led Branch Manager George Voukitchevitch and Sales Manager Aldo Milanes.

“After hearing about the tremendous work that Holly Rodriguez and Jessica Stanfield have been doing with the Guardian ad Litem program, and the work that is still left to be done, we at SecurityNational Mortgage Company felt compelled to contribute to the community that has blessed us with so much success,” Voukitchevitch said. “We will continue to create awareness and raise funds for such an outstanding, and needed, program.”

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.