PICKENS COUNTY — As part of its community outreach, The Easley Progress presented a check in the amount of $750 to Pickens County Guardian ad Litem to aid the organization in efforts to provide services to children.
The funds were derived from the distribution and sponsorship of a community directory published by the organization once each year and distributed to 8,000 members of the community.
As part of the directory each year, a local organization is tapped to receive funds as the selected charity, with the funds to be used to advance their efforts.
“It’s just tremendous when we get this type of exposure and help from members of the community and they reach out to us,” said Kim Randolph, regional administrator for Guardian ad Litem. “We need members of the community to reach out to us and participate because we are limited in what we can do. By choosing us to focus on sends a message out to the rest of the community about the need for them to invest in these children locally because it will come home to the community in the future.”
The community directories distributed are much like a phone book, with the exception of the highlighted charity, which is featured to raise awareness.
“Our program would not exist without volunteers and donations within and from the members of this community,” said Jason Berry, recruiter and training coordinator. “It’s a sad fact, but without these two things we wouldn’t exist at all, which means we wouldn’t be able to help the children in our community when they are our future and deserve an opportunity to thrive.”
The funds will be used to promote the county’s guardian ad litem services and assist in recruiting those who would like to serve as part of the group’s efforts, with an emphasis on volunteers.
“People are our greatest resource,” Randolph said.
Reach D. C. Moody at 864-855-0355.