By: Garin Flowers
October 24, 2013
Abused kids in the big bend area are getting help from volunteers.
A group of 20 people joined the 2nd Judicial Circuit of the Guardian ad Litem program - which watches after local youth in troubling situations.
They made their pledges Wednesday evening at the Leon County Courthouse. Senator Bill Montford, friends and family members all showed up to show the volunteers support.
"I'm elated, this is a huge service to the community and I feel really privileged to be a part of it," said Joanna Winters, one of the sworn-in volunteers.
"When you volunteer your time like these people are doing for the well-being and the sake of the children, that's a special calling. For them to do this, especially when it feels such a desperate need we have now, it's just absolutely wonderful," said Sen. Bill Montford (D) Tallahassee.
The volunteers will first connect a peer mentor and child advocate coordinator. They will then get their first case.