Officers: Liza Weidle (President), Jordan Samuel (Treasurer),
Linda Sturdivant (VP), Beth McNally (Secretary).
Board Members: Beth Ayers, Dick Hurley, and Janison Dillon
Advisory Board: Babs Wagner, Catherine Joyner, Fred Ames, Lane Tracey and Kate Hinkle
Spotlight on a Volunteer: Babs Wagner
Babs Wagner, Friends of Wake GAL board member and volunteer for almost two decades was named "Tarheel of the Week" for Dec. 15, 2013.
“Being a GAL has truly been the most purposeful thing I’ve done, second only to raising my four children,” Wagner said.
“Babs is the epitome of a nurturing and giving spirit. Our community has benefited by her generosity and advocacy,” said Naeime Livingston, district administrator for the Wake GAL program. (picture on left courtesy of N&O)
A Little Goes a Long Way
We are only able to offer these services to "our" children because of generous donations from our community. The Friends are the funding source of last resort and fulfill needs that would otherwise go unmet.
Because we are an all volunteer organization with less than .5% overhead, we are able to deliver our services - like some emergency basic needs, computers or camps, in the most cost effective manner possible. Please consider the Friends when you are reviewing your charitable donations this year and make your tax deductible donations to "Friends of Guardian ad Litem" and send them to PO Box 4941, Cary NC 27519.
Spotlight on a Project: Computers for Kids:
Friends of Wake GAL partners with local IT professionals including Teaming for Technology (T4T) and and the United Way of the Greater Triangle to bring computers to children in need across the county. In 2013, more than 40 computers were given to children who were struggling with their academics because they didn't have access to computers in their homes. The Friends Computer Donation program was established to
provide school-aged children in need with a computer, a printer and computer
programs to provide them with the digital tools that have become so widely used
by school children today. The Friends organization
purchases refurbished computer systems from Teaming for Technology, an
organization within the United Way of the Greater Triangle. This system consists of a computer with
Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office installed, a monitor, a keyboard and a mouse. To this package we add a printer and a flash
drive, as well as anti-virus and anti-malware software, Microsoft Student with
Encarta and Microsoft Math, as well as a variety of software utilities.
The computer systems are provided for the use of children
identified to the Friends by their Guardian ad Litem and/or Social Worker, or
some other appropriate source, with the specific intent and understanding that
it will remain in the physical possession of the children. It is to remain with them should their
physical or legal guardianship change. Ownership of this computer system is
specifically not granted or transferred to any individual or facility with whom
the children might reside. Should the
children undergo a permanent change of residence the computer should accompany
them when they move. If circumstances
prevent this from happening the system may not remain in their former residence;
it should be removed into the temporary custody of the Social Worker or
Guardian ad Litem for safekeeping until it can be returned to the
If you are working with a child whom you believe is an
appropriate candidate for this program, send an email to computersforkids@FriendsofWakeGAL.org
stating your relationship to the child (GAL, social worker, other) and a brief
statement describing the child’s current situation and the difference this
grant would make in their life. You will
receive a response containing a Friends of the Wake County Guardian ad Litem
Grant Application form, and instructions for completing the form and forwarding
the request for consideration.