CASA Youth Advocates, Inc., an organization that recruits, trains, and supports volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates who work to ensure that abused and neglected children in Delaware and Chester counties’ child welfare systems find safe, permanent, and nurturing homes, today announces it is the recipient of grants from The Foundation for Delaware County ($100,000) and The Nelson Foundation ($230,000).
The Foundation for Delaware County’s two-year grant enables CASA to launch Delaware County’s Voices for Children campaign, a coalition of human service, government, philanthropic, and individual advocates that will build a safety net of services to ensure each child’s healthy and safe development. As part of the campaign, CASA will also participate in research identifying key areas of vulnerability for Delaware County children and partner with other advocacy organizations in the region to work together on issues of statewide significance.
“We’re thrilled to have received this grant to broaden our impact and collaborate with other organizations that share our mission to improve the lives of youth in the child welfare system and in our region as a whole. The Foundation for Delaware County realizes our needs, and we are so thankful for its support as we enter a new year with this opportunity to widen our reach,” says CASA Executive Director Leigh Anne McKelvey.
The Nelson Foundation, based in Radnor, Pa., awarded CASA a three-year capacity-building grant that will be used to expand and sustain CASA’s development, public relations, and marketing efforts. These components are vital in continuing its growth through fundraising and supporting events and programs throughout the year.
Leigh Anne adds, “The grant from The Nelson Foundation is essential to our ongoing expansion throughout Delaware and Chester counties. We’re so excited for the next three years as we widen our footprint and serve even more children in need of an advocate in their lives.”