Education Advocacy Project
Education can enhance a child's well-being, help them make more successful transitions to adulthood, and increase their chances for personal fulfillment and economic self-sufficiency. That's why we are committed to education and to providing valuable educational resources to our children through our partnership with the Helps Education Fund.
The Friends have partnered with the Helps Education fund with the goal of increasing literacy success among Wake County foster children to help them stay on track as they advance in their studies and move from grade level to grade level. Helps Education Fund aims to strengthen students' skills in various education subjects, such as math, reading, and writing. The Friends works with Helps Education Fund to offer free educational services that remove any financial barriers which may be present in the lives of foster children. Our ultimate goal is to provide every child with the resources, support, and educational assistance they may need to succeed in life. We know that every student is unique, which is why we spend countless hours ensuring that our programs meet these needs for each and every child we encounter.
Friends of Wake GAL partners with the Kramden Institute to bring computers to Wake Co. children in need 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, a flash drive, and office-based computer programs to provide them with the digital tools that have become so widely used by school children today. To this package we add anti-virus and anti-malware software, and a variety of other software utilities to aid them in their work and to protect their data.
Throughout the year, Friends of the Guardian Ad Litem work with the community to collect school supplies and backpacks for children in need. There are many children in our schools who do not have the resources to start school with the necessary school supplies.
The goal of this project is to set each child up for success and have them feel a sense of pride on their first day of school. The classroom environment is a haven for most children that live in poverty and have limited, if any, resources to support their educational needs.
Too often the children in foster care move from placement to placement with their belongings in cardboard boxes or garbage bags. That's why we've started the Comfort Cases project. With assistance from our community, we are working to provide these children with luggage of their own. Our hope is to provide a sense of normalcy with every gifted suitcase or travel bag.
Contact us for more details on how to get involved. Drop-off your luggage or request a pick-up appointment!
Through our advocacy work and fundraising efforts, the Friends partners with local community organizations (i.e. The YMCA) to help fund enrichment camps for children in the Foster Care system.
Each year, the Friends of Wake County GAL provide Holiday presents to over 1200 children in need during the Holiday season. Thanks to Friends volunteers and to our generous community sponsors, the toy donations bring smiles to the faces of at-risk children in Wake County.
For this project, we've partnered with Bovenizer & Baker Orthodontics in Cary, NC to bring children a Chance to Smile. This new project provides orthodontic treatment for kids who may not otherwise have the opportunity. Donations are used to supplement the cost of braces for children who may not otherwise have the opportunity.