There is a funding gap in caring for Children. Government funding and donations contribute toward the bare necessities for any child. Caring donors have a large impact on filling in the funding gap.
Where we can, we also try to furnish non-essentials that will help a child feel loved and cared for. But often this is where funds run short. We often rely upon outside organizations, such as the Women’s Auxiliary or any number of groups who pitch in to fill gaps and meet needs.
Adopt-a-Caseworker Program Brings Needed Support to Children
Springfield business owner, Cathy Schlichting, is an excellent example of a person with the resources and initiative to get involved in caring for children directly. Cindy found out about some of the children we serve through the Ambassadors for Children’s Adopt-a-Caseworker program. Caseworkers are constantly faced with the fact that their children have needs that can’t be met in any traditional way. For example, when youth have no money, they can’t go to a school dance, they can’t pay for SAT testing or a driver’s license. They may want to play sports, but can’t afford the fees. The needs may be even more basic. They may have one pair of underwear or no socks. With the Adopt-a-Caseworker program, the caseworker can request help from a specific donor and get the child’s needs met.
Cathy Schlicting adopted Alisa Griffiths, a Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services caseworker. Since then, she has donated money for school outings, transportation for parents’ visits, musical instruments for children to participate in band, as well as bras and underwear for girls in need. She has reached out to other caseworkers as well and regularly cares for their children.
“Ms. Schlichting has never turned down an opportunity to assist our children,” said Alisa. “Her support has promoted the work that we do and has positively influenced the many children who have benefitted from her generosity.”
Cathy rarely gets to meet any of the children she is serving, but she says that the occasional card she gets from them makes her feel incredibly special.
“I was raised poor in Springfield,” said Cathy, “so I feel very good about helping children who need someone. There are really simple things that you can do to make a difference in these children’s lives. Something as easy as helping a child buy a yearbook or a game they want is always rewarding. “