Matching Gift Programs are often an aspect of a company’s corporate giving program. These programs encourage employees to give to their favorite charities and the company in turn matches those dollars – often dollar for dollar up to certain amount. Since employees who are more engaged with their company work harder and are more committed, companies are increasingly looking at matching gifts programs as a means to increase that employee engagement. In this way, the company is valuing their employee by supporting their favorite charity and the company gets the added benefit of giving back to the community (plus some pretty decent tax benefits). If you are interested in seeing if your company has a matching gift program, you can check out this (non-exhaustive) list. If your company is not on the list, you can check with your HR representative—many small companies offer a matching gift program as a way to manage their corporate giving. Once you have determined if your company has a matching gift program it is usually just a matter of filling out a form with the nonprofit information and your giving information and we will be sent a check—It’s that easy!
Resource Development/Marketing Committee
This committee is responsible for communicating the message of both the Guardian ad Litem Program and the Foundation while developing resources to meet the needs of the Guardian ad Litem volunteers and the children they serve. Members of this committee work to identify donors or sponsors, plan special fundraising events, work with civic groups and other organizations that host events that benefit the Foundation, and identify in kind resources for special projects. They may also work on e-newsletters, provide graphic design support, or support our work through social media. Other opportunities include identifying and training speakers for our speakers’ bureau and identifying opportunities to tell the story at in person events and/or through the media.
Need a virtual volunteer opportunity? If social media is your talent, we can use your assistance to implement online giving campaigns like Give Day Tampa Bay, Giving Tuesday, and other opportunities
Board Development Committee
Is your knack meeting people and helping identify how their interests may best be utilized? This committee will work to recruit professionals who may serve on the Foundation Board of Directors or one of the Foundation committees. This committee will also identify training and other development opportunities to ensure the Board of Directors has the tools and resources for maximum organizational impact. Committee members conduct annual Board performance reviews and orientation sessions for new Board members.
Program Support Committee
This committee provides resources and time to support the needs of Child Advocacy Managers, Volunteer Child Advocates and the children they serve. Committee members will identify opportunities to get the word out about the Foundation's programs and services. Individual committee members might attend Brown Bag Lunches and In-Service Trainings, maintain inventory of all resource closets so that we can ensure wanted and necessary supplies are available at all time for our children and/or help with projects like the holiday gift drive, back to school supply event, etc.
This committee identifies high priority issues that affect the lives and outcomes of children, youth and families involved in the dependency system. The committee will identify and work with key partners to affect positive change, stay informed about public policy issues affecting children in dependency, and recommend and implement advocacy opportunities as they arise.
Want to volunteer without a year-round commitment?
The Foundation has a number of opportunities that are short term commitments. Let us know you'd like to be contacted when "Done in a Day" type opportunities are available and we will add you to our e-newsletter list that will share upcoming opportunities and needs. Just email AmyF@galf6.org and say "Add Me to the List"!
SuperHero 5K Committee
This committee plans the SuperHero 5K that happens annually in the fall. Volunteers are needed throughout summer for planning and in the fall on the day of the event. Support opportunities include: marketing, securing sponsorships & items for goody bags, registration support, volunteer management, and logistical support.
"Write Start" Committee
This committee only requires a 1-2 day commitment annually in August to assist with the sorting & distribution of backpacks and school supplies.
Opportunities available in Pinellas and Pasco locations.
Holiday Gift Giving Committee
This committee typically requires a commitment from September-December to help implement the annual holiday gift giving program but time commitments vary based on role. Support opportunities include: Chair of program for each county (i.e. 1 Chair for Pinellas and 1 Chair for Pasco), assistance with excel and database support for gift entries, securing donors for the holiday gift drive (to sponsor children and sometimes for pick up locations, storage, etc.), shopping for late shelter children, package pick-up and transport, volunteer management and logistical support on day of pick up in a variety of locations in Pinellas and Pasco Counties.
Want to tell the story of how a GAL can make a difference in the life of a child? This commitment is usually no longer than an hour and is based on your schedule, location, and availability. Training and support materials will be provided in advance of speaking engagements.
READY TO HELP A CHILD HEAL? Fill out our volunteer application today to get started!
Have a skill or talent not identified above? Interested in serving on the Board of Directors? Contact AmyF@galf6.org to discuss other opportunities available.