You can provide hope to a child that may not have any
Ron Valentini was drawn to the GAL program after learning about it through a young employee at a local restaurant. That young employee, who is a local college student, shared her positive experiences of having a GAL earlier in life. Ron was intrigued to learn about the GAL program and how it helped children who are involved in the foster care system. Shortly thereafter, Ron read an article in the Hickory Daily Record about the GAL program and it’s need for volunteers. As Ron learned about the GAL program, he felt a connection to its mission of being a voice for children. As a grandfather with seven grandchildren, Ron couldn’t imagine a child being in a situation where no one spoke directly on their behalf.
“You’re needed. You have experience to draw on that the child you’re advocating for does not have. You can provide a positive outlook for the child. You can provide hope to a child that may not have any.”