Immanuel Lutheran Church in Centralia Donates $5,000 to Guardian Friends Lewis County

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Members of Guardian Friends Lewis County recently accepted a $5,000 donation from Immanuel Lutheran Church in Centralia to fund services for foster kids from Lewis County.

Immanuel Lutheran Church donates at least 10% of its annual tithings to a variety of groups, with a part of that 10% going to Global Lutheran Outreach, another part to local Lutheran synod, and the final part to local nonprofits.

Guardian Friends was one of five local organizations that received money from the church this year.

The money will be used to fund Guardian Friends’ programs for foster kids from Lewis County, such as Duffles of Love, the annual Christmas Wish List and regular tutoring.

“The church was very happy to help support the mission of helping foster children in the community,” said Juvenile Probation Manager Rikki Anders in a written statement.

Guardian Friends also partners with the Lewis County Volunteer Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Program, a member program of Washington State CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) run through the Lewis County Juvenile Court.

There are currently 121 youth in foster care from Lewis County, according to Guardian Friends. Each of these youth receives a GAL court-appointed special advocate.

The court is seeking more volunteers that would like to help speak on behalf of abused and neglected children. For more information on how to volunteer, please contact 360-740-2683 to speak to the GAL Coordinators.