DHHS Daymaker Program Receives LGFCU Excellence in Innovation Award
The 2018 LGFCU Excellence in Innovation Award recognizes Gaston County Department of Social Services for development and implementation of their Daymaker Program
Team Members: Melanie Lowrance, Children and Family Services Administrator; Tara Joyner, Foster Care Program Coordinator; Julie Murphy, Social Worker, Foster Care; and Brittany Swift, Social Service Assistant.
Gaston County Department of Social Services partnered with Daymaker, a platform that helps facilitate gift-giving, to establish the “Daymaker Program.” The program seeks to sponsor foster children and provide them with gifts on their birthdays. Many children entering foster care lose their connections to friends, family, school, church, and other valuable social connections, and the gifts they receive through the Daymaker Program helps remind children they are loved by the community. It also gives the community a way to support the children in foster care and the foster families caring for the children in custody.
About the LGFCU Excellence in Innovation Awards ProgramThe LGFCU Excellence in Innovation Awards program rewards county employees who develop successful programs that help counties improve services to citizens. The program is designed to recognize county professionals for finding new and improved ways to serve their communities efficiently and effectively. The program also shines a spotlight on best practices and allows other counties to emulate worthwhile projects. More information about the program is available here: https://www.ncacc.org/187/LGFCU-Excellence-in-Innovation-Awards