United Way Grants $42,823 to CASA Program of Howard County
KOKOMO, IN / PRESS RELEASE – United Way serving Howard and Tipton Counties’ Board of Directors has announced a $42,823 grant to help fund the CASA Program of Howard County, Inc.
Donations given through the Annual Fundraising Campaign, both individually and through workplace campaigns make this $42,823 grant possible. United Ways’ donors enable CASA volunteers to complete 30 hours of extensive hands on training and 12 hours of continual education every year so they can advocate for children in the court system with confidence.
“Every child needs consistency,” said Jenni Cassel, former CASA Board Member and volunteer. “They might have several foster families, DCS workers or be transferred to multiple schools but they only have one CASA volunteer. This grant enables CASA volunteers to be trained to know what to look for and how to be there for each child.”
CASA volunteers advocate for 59 percent of children in the court system by visiting and communicating with their child monthly, contacting adult mentors like teachers, therapists and medical providers to ensure the child is cared for appropriately, observing parental visits, making recommendations on behalf of the child through a court report as well as many other activities.
“We wish to thank our donors for making these grants possible and allowing us to serve our community’s most pressing needs,” said Libby O’Brien, United Way serving Howard and Tipton Counties Interim Executive Director. “This grant allows community members to be strong advocates for children in our court system, giving these children a voice they might not otherwise have.”