EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ -- Investors Bank is teaming with the New York Giants and CASA of New Jersey to help support the organization’s ongoing mission to advocate for children in foster care. The partnership was announced at a press conference following the Giants final pre-season practice open to the public.
Investors Bank and the Giants announced the joint corporate social responsibility program. Each time the Giants score a touchdown, field goal, or safety this season, Investors Bank will donate $250 to the non-profit CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) of New Jersey.
CASA of New Jersey, Inc. is part of a national network of non-profit programs that advocate for children removed from their families because of abuse or neglect. CASA of New Jersey provides a voice for abused and neglected children by empowering a statewide network of 21 county-based programs. Working through community volunteers, these programs advocate on behalf of children in foster care and other out-of-home placements to ensure their well-being and ultimate placement in safe and nurturing permanent homes.
“The Maras and the Giants have always been charitable and philanthrophic, and have supported the communities here and around the New York market,” said President Domenick Cama of Investors Bank. “We are so proud to have an affiliation with the Giants and with CASA. We applaud the good work that an organization like CASA does. It’s what they do that really makes a difference in this community.”
“This partnership with Investors and the Giants is important, not only because it will provide needed financial support to CASA of NJ, but because the awareness it will produce about our work will generate greater interest in CASA, particularly among male Giants fans,” said Liza M. Kirschenbaum, Esq, Associate Director. “ CASA is thrilled to be teaming with such great organizations.”
Kirschenbaum explained that the organization has 2,150 volunteers to serve over 4,000 children, but there are still thousands the group needs to reach. They are looking to recruit more male volunteers, bilingual (Spanish/English) speakers, and volunteers of color, she explained.
“The bottom line is: you can change a child’s story,” said Kirschenbaum. “Our volunteers get to know everything about a child’s life, and they advocate for that child, not only in court, not only in the child welfare system, but with the education system, with healthcare, with mental and behavioral health, and they make sure that those child’s needs are met. And by doing that, they are changing the trajectory of that child’s life.”
Anyone over 21 can become a CASA volunteer once they are screened and trained – no special background or skills are required. For additional information on how to become a CASA volunteer visit about CASA of New Jersey, visit http://www.casaforchildrennj.org
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