Our mission is to provide advocacy and support to abused, abandoned or neglected children in the Guardian ad Litem Program of
Pinellas and Pasco Counties.

We envision a world where every child has a safe and permanent home with the opportunity to thrive.
July/August 2018
From the Executive Director...
We hope that you are enjoying a wonderful start to the summer! For so many of the children we serve and their caretakers, summer can be a time of transition and challenge, as our school-aged children are not going to school all day and this has an impact on both the child and the caregiver. We are pleased to have been able to support 52 children with funding for camp and other recreational activities this summer and many more are receiving tutoring throughout the summer. With the generous support of our partners, Wells Fargo, Junior Achievement and the UF/IFAS Extension, we have also been delighted to provide Life Skills Training to more than 60 teens this year, through Financial Literacy, JA Career Success and Cooking Matters. We have also purchased life start kits for 9 youth who have aged out with the generous help and financial support of Aripeka Elks (Pasco) and the White Family Foundation.

Even though our days are long and hot here in Tampa Bay, however, we at the Foundation are already gearing up for the fall and winter – Back to School and the Holidays!  You can help us celebrate Christmas in July by dropping off new toys (a list of popular items can be found here:   http://a.co/iEW0f5Z ), new school uniforms and new school supplies. Perhaps you are a part of or know a civic group or faith community who would like to help conduct a toy, uniform or school supplies drive? We want to be able to provide our children with the best possible start to the new school year. We recognize that many people have gently used items that they would like to donate to our children, but unfortunately we are only able to accept NEW items. If you would like to donate any new items other than toys, school uniforms or school supplies, please reach out to us prior to dropping anything off at our offices by contacting us at iamforthechild@galf6.org.

Our Back Pack pickup days this year, will be Wed, Aug 1 from 4:30 pm-6:30 pm at our ICOT office and Thur, Aug 2 from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm at our New Port Richey office (more details can be found below).

Thank you for all that you continue to do for our children! We couldn’t do any of it without YOU!
SuperHero 5K, Walk & Stroller Roll
Saturday, October 13, 8:30 AM
Safety Harbor Waterfront
Every child needs a hero, but abused children need SuperHeroes. Make a difference in the life of an abused or neglected child today by participating in the 4th Annual SuperHero 5K, Walk & Stroller Roll. GAL assigned children are free using code GALKID by 9/14 and GALs get $5 off registration using code GAL.  
Register to run or walk  here !
View our sponsorship packet here or register to volunteer the day of the event!
Tampa Bay Rays Games
Wednesday, August 22, 7:10 PM
Wednesday, September 26, 7:10 PM
1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg
Join us at this Tampa Bay Rays game to cheer on our local team and enjoy a fun outing at the ballpark.
These tickets were donated for GAL children, adults unaccompanied by a child will not be allowed entry. 
This event is  free  of charge but space is limited and available on a first come-first served basis. Call or email Jonathan at 727-464-7171 or jonathan.friedman@gal.fl.gov for more information and to reserve your tickets. 
Back To School Resource Event
Wednesday, August 1, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
ICOT: 14102 58th St N, Clearwater

Thursday, August 2, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8324 Corporate Way, New Port Richey
Does your GAL child need a backpack and/or school supplies to start the new school year right? We will have backpacks, school supplies and new clothes available on a first come, first served basis. Please note new clothes only available at ICOT location. Thanks to Raymond James Financial for sponsoring our Write Start Program for the past 4 years and Junior League St. Petersburg.
To volunteer on backpack day in Clearwater click here for signup!
1st Annual All-American Charity Golf Tournament
Saturday, September 15, 11 AM
The Groves: 7924 Melogold Circle, Land O Lakes
Please join the Pasco Federated Republican Women's Club & Republican Club of Central Pasco for their 1st Annual All-American Charity Golf Tournament in support of Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay. For more information .
Mad Hatter's Tea Party
Saturday, September 15, 11 AM
St. Petersburg Coliseum: 535 4th Ave. N., St. Petersburg
Kiwanis Sunshine City hosts the annual Mad Hatter's Tea Party to provide an afternoon of fun activities. Please only register if you are sure you can attend. This is a first come, first served event and registration is required by September 10th. Register here .
S.O.L.V.E. of West Pasco
S.O.L.V.E. provides baby food, car seats, diapers, cribs and clothing to pregnant women and mothers of young children. Hours are by appointment. Call (727) 848-0203 for information.

Clothes to Kids
Clothes to Kids provides clothing for Pinellas school age children in crisis. Stores are located in Clearwater and St. Petersburg and an appointment must be made in advance. Please visit their website for more information. 

Back to School Physicals and Health Screenings
Available services include school, sports and will child physicals including immunizations are available at no cost. Free vision screening and basic dental services are also available. Appointments can be made at (727) 824-6900 Menu Option 4.
Does your 15-18 year old GAL youth need some extra spending money for new school clothing, toiletries or other back to school supplies? Thanks to a generous donation from GAL, Norm Bungard, we are having a creative writing contest and up to 10 youth ages 15-18 will win a $250 gift card to help with back to school purchases! Youth should submit their essay, short story or poetry by August 1st at 5pm to iamforthechild@galf6.org - please put Youth Writing Contest in the subject line. Topic of story, poem, or essay should be about: A Person Who Has Helped You and Discuss How S/He Made a Positive Difference in Your Life.

Birthday-Party-In-a-Bag Available Now!
Thanks to generous donors and volunteers, we have bags filled with everything you need to provide a small birthday party for your GAL child-cake mix, frosting, streamers, paper products and, of course, candles! Bags are available first come, first served basis at the ICOT and NPR offices.
Brittany H.
Attending: St. Petersburg College
Purpose: Books and Lab. Supplies

Chelsey S.
Attending: St. Petersburg College
Purpose: Transportation Fees

Genisus T.
Attending: Tallahassee Community College
Purpose: Computer
Thank you to Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg for their $13,000 grant to help Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay increase our organizational sustainability, effectiveness and efficiency to better deliver on the promise of our mission and vision for abused and neglected children.  We will be using the funds to implement an online portal for grant requests to streamline the children’s needs request process; to develop processes for data collect ion and impact measurement; to provide the Developmental Relationships Framework training for GAL staff, volunteers and other child welfare and youth development professionals and lastly to create a lending library that includes resources, training and other tools for GALs and staff.
A BIG thank you to Raymond James for supporting our Write Start Program for the past 4 years by providing backpacks in the fall and tutoring all year long!

And to J unior League St. Petersburg for providing back packs and school supplies this year to help children in Pinellas County have the tools they need to succeed.

Thanks for all you do to help our children and youth start the school year off right! 
Our generous donors are our biggest resource. We can't do it without you. So far in 2018, our financial commitment for children's needs has increased 28% . Here are our current numbers for how your dollars help: 42 children have received clothing gift cards; 181 ch ildren have been provided normalcy resources and activities-i.e. dance classes, football, or summer camp; 39 children have received laptops, tutoring, or other educational support; 220 ch ildren have received birthday bags to celebrate their special day; and 57 ch ildren have received emergency needs such as bedding or medical testing. We are proud that 91 cents for every dollar donated goes directly to support the children we serve. To donate or learn more about how you can help , visit us here

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