CASA of the South Plains was recently awarded a $40,000 grant from Jewelers for Children (JFC) to increase the number of volunteers who represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in court. The award to CASA of the South Plains is part of a $625,000 grant that JFC made to the National CASA Association.
“Our board has always been focused on charities that primarily benefit children in need and the National CASA Association is a perfect fit for our support,” says David Rocha, the executive director of Jewelers for Children. “CASA excels at helping the most vulnerable children during a very trying time in their young lives.”
Last year, CASA volunteers helped 603 foster children find safe, permanent homes. The program is always seeking new volunteers in its effort to provide a voice to every abused and neglected child.
“Funding from Jewelers for Children will help us recruit and train an additional 30 new volunteers and serve 75 new children. We are grateful that the jewelers and our local supporters are focused on helping our most vulnerable children,” said Lauren Westerberg, Interim Executive Director for CASA of the South Plains.
Jewelers for Children is the charitable arm of the jewelry industry, composed of jewelry retailers, manufacturers, watch companies and trade associations. They are the largest private supporter of the National CASA Association, supporting volunteer advocacy since 2003. In addition to the National CASA Association, JFC’s charity partners include: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Make-A-Wish America, and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. For more information on JFC, please visit www.jewelersforchildren.org.
The National CASA Association provides leadership to 943 state and local program offices that champion the best interests of abused and neglected children. Across the country, over 76,000 highly trained CASA/GAL volunteers serve as powerful advocates for these children, one child at a time, within the child welfare system. For more information, go to www.casaforchildren.org.