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Contact: Morgan Brochetti
St. Pete Young Professionals Select Local Nonprofit to Benefit from 2016 Annual Service Project
St. Petersburg Chamber program will work to benefit Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay
MARCH 18, 2016 | St. Petersburg, FL — The St. Pete Young Professionals (SPYP), a program of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce® announced its partnership with the Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay, a leading nonprofit that aims to provide advocacy and support for abused, abandoned or neglected children in the Guardian ad Litem Program of Pinellas and Pasco Counties, for its annual service project.
In January 2016, SPYP issued a request for proposals encouraging local nonprofits and organizations to submit a proposal for its annual service project. After reviewing, the St. Pete Young Professionals selected the Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay on the basis of need, feasibility, and community impact.
“We’re excited to work with the Guardian ad Litem Foundation,” said chair of the St. Pete Young Professionals, Justin Bean. “We’re going to make a big difference in our community this year. Our annual project is exciting because we will have the opportunity to help an organization realize its goal of engaging a more diverse and younger advocate base.”
The St. Pete Young Professionals will work side-by-side with the Guardian ad Litem Foundation to complete the annual project in three phases:
1. Create a comprehensive marketing plan for targeted volunteer recruitment
2. Assist with the planning and implementation of the annual SuperHero 5K
3. Install shelving and build an organization system to create a space for GALs to “shop” for the children they advocate for
“The Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay is thrilled to work with the St. Pete Young Professionals, our next generation of community leaders, to ensure that every abused and neglected child in Pinellas County has a voice in court,” said Executive Director of the Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay, Amy Foster. “We are excited to connect with active members in a community engagement project that will help build our organizational capacity to serve more children in the years to come.”
Next steps include appointing a service committee to organize the group’s efforts. Visit stpete.com/SPYPoutreach for more information on how to get involved.
About the St. Pete Young Professionals
Established in 2006, the St. Pete Young Professionals is a program within St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce®. The mission is to attract and identify the next generation of community leaders; connect young professionals with the surrounding community through unique opportunities in the areas of service, leadership and advocacy; and engage young professionals in local corporate, community, and cultural settings. Information is available at stpete.com/SPYP.
About the Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay
Foster children need more help than the system can provide. The Guardian ad Litem Foundation was founded to ensure that the basic rights and needs for every abused, abandoned or neglected child in the Guardian ad Litem program are met. Guardian ad Litem volunteers are appointed by the court to be the voice of the child in court and the child’s best interest is their only interest. They help them both in and out of the courtroom to make sure the children’s needs are met and they are often the only consistent adult in a child’s life. Our vision is a world where every child has a safe and permanent home with the opportunity to thrive.