While preparing for joyous holiday celebrations with your friends and family, it’s important to stop and reflect on the joy and blessings in your own life while also being aware that not everyone is so fortunate. That is why we ask that you don’t let this season of joy and giving pass without making a year-end donation to Friends of Pickens County Guardian ad Litem and our vision that no child in Pickens County goes without the love, care, and necessities to have a safe, happy, and healthy childhood while a part of the Guardian ad Litem program. What better way to celebrate Christmas than by sharing what you have with the maltreated children of your community?


Our approach of "one child at a time" not only has a powerful impact on the children that we work with directly, but also on the larger community as a whole by the sheer number of children we provide for. Annually Friends of Pickens County Guardian ad Litem provides a number of greatly needed services to the neglected and abused children of Pickens County – computers, medical equipment, mentoring, summer camps, bedding and so much more with annual expenses being over $50,000. Our annual Heart & Sole Back to School Day this year provided over 200 children in grades K5-12 with back to school clothing and shoes. The cost to provide clothing the past two years for all of the eligible children in grades K5-12 has been $25,000 annually.

We are completely reliant on charitable donations in order to be able to continue to provide these services to the maltreated children of our community. Despite our efforts, the need exceeds our capabilities still. Please help us continue to provide and to expand our efforts into the future to more fully address the overwhelming need of the abused and neglected children of Pickens County. Our donation process has been simplified to allow supporters to donate online at or by mailing the online pledge card to PO Box 1692, Easley, SC 29641. Any amount you can share will be greatly appreciated and put to good use right here at home for the neglected and abused children of Pickens County. We wish you happy holidays and a joyful 2017 – and thank you in advance for your support!


Tammy Clark, Chairperson

Volunteer Board of Directors –

Nika Phipps, Baker Cleveland, Teri Graham, Mary Ann Turner, Stan Whitten, Martha Baker, Adam Lambert, Kathryn Gravely, April Petty, Brandon Cochran


The Friends of the Pickens County Guardian ad Litem have been providing financial assistance for the neglected and abused children and the Guardian ad Litem program of Pickens County, South Carolina since 2002.


Friends of GAL is a non-profit charitable organization (501(c)3) that provides clothing and shoes, school supplies, and other opportunities for neglected and abused children. The children are represented by a Family Court appointed volunteer Guardian ad Litem in Pickens County. All are currently part of the foster and family preservation of Pickens County Department of Social Services.

How Can You Help?

Help by Donating

We are always looking for donations. If you can donate financially or are interested in helping to sponsor an event, please fill out our Donation Pledge Card! Programs and projects supported by Friends of GAL are not funded by other sources. All monetary donations are greatly appreciated, and the need is great, year round.

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Help by Volunteering

Volunteers are needed in many different areas. It doesn't matter if you wish to volunteer as an individual, a family, business, or organization; there is a need for you!

Volunteer as a Guardian ad Litem
Volunteer with the Friends of Pickens County GAL
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Supporting Pickens County's Neglected and Abused Children since 2002