CASA of the Eastern Panhandle gets $10,000 to help children
CASA of the Eastern Panhandle, Inc. received $10,000 from Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Washington D.C. (RMHC®) to help abused and neglected children.
“We are thrilled to have such generous support from such a well-known entity,” says Vicki Barnard, Executive Director of CASA-EP, “and we are excited to be in a position to help more abused and neglected children.”
CASA of the Eastern Panhandle is an independent, non-profit program that recruits, screens, trains and supports community volunteers to be Court Appointed Special Advocates for children who have been removed from their homes as a direct result of abuse or neglect.
CASA volunteers meet regularly with the children to whom they are appointed in order to assess their well-being, determine if their needs are being met, and make recommendations to the Judge regarding services and placement.
They act as an extra set of eyes and ears for the Judge, supplying information about the children that others involved in the case don’t have the time to find, and they keep the focus on the needs of the children.
“With this grant, RMHC of Greater Washington D.C. is pleased to support CASA of the Eastern Panhandle’s efforts to represent the best interests of vulnerable children. RMHC welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the positive impact CASA has on the lives of the children it serves.” said Ms. Judson, Director of Programs at RMHC.
“Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington D.C. addresses one of the most urgent issues facing families today – children’s health. They are committed to helping children and young adults reach their full potential just as CASA-EP is. Both our organizations are dedicated to improving the health and well-being of children,” said Barnard. “That is why this grant is so important to us.”
“The next Volunteer Training session at CASA-EP will begin February 20, and we are hoping to add seven-10 more volunteers to our program. These volunteers will, after training, be able to provide advocacy to 20-30 more children in Morgan, Berkeley and Jefferson Counties.”
To learn more about CASA of the Eastern Panhandle, Inc., and how to help abused children find safe and permanent homes, call Vicki Barnard at 304-263-5100.
For more information about the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington D.C. grant opportunities call Karen Judson, Director of Programs at 202-529-8204.