Morristown, NJ, September 7, 2016 ---- Court Appointed Special Advocates of Morris and Sussex Counties (CASA) recently received a $5,000 grant award from the Morristown Rotary Club. The grant was awarded in support of CASA’s Fostering Futures Program. This award will allow the child advocacy organization to purchase and distribute essential items for 14-21 year olds in foster care who are in this program. Fostering Futures provides volunteer mentors to help prepare these youth as they approach independent living and are no longer eligible to receive resources from the foster care system.

“Each year, we know how hard The Rotary Club of Morristown works to raise funds to benefit worthy nonprofits in the surrounding community,” said CASA Executive Director, Dr. Lisa Barsky Firkser. “Our entire organization is so proud to be chosen as one of those beneficiaries, and we value this endorsement of our work on behalf of abused and neglected children and youth in the community.”

CASA’s mission is achieved through the recruitment, screening, training, and supervision of community volunteers who commit to become powerful voices for these vulnerable children within the court system. CASA volunteers work one‐on‐one with an abused or neglected child, advocating for his or her best interests. Essentially, CASA volunteers “speak up” for these children in the court and child welfare systems, making sure they are safe and well‐cared for, are receiving the services they need, and are placed in a permanent, safe, nurturing home as quickly as possible.

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The Morristown Rotary’s mission is to pursue the concept of “Service above Self,” and expresses its hope that this grant award will make our community a better place for its children.

About CASA of Morris and Sussex Counties

CASA of Morris and Sussex Counties is part of a statewide network of community-based, non-profit programs that recruit, screen, train, and supervise volunteers to “Speak Up for a Child” removed from home due to abuse or neglect. CASA is the only program in New Jersey that uses trained volunteers to work one‐on‐one with children, ensuring that each one gets the services needed and achieves permanency in a safe, nurturing home. Visit www.casamsc.org or call 973-998-7590 for more information about CASA of Morris and Sussex Counties.

 

About Morristown Rotary Club

Rotary is a worldwide network of volunteers dedicated to create positive change in our community and our world. Rotarians give their time and resources to help others with a commitment to Service Above Self. For more information, visit the Morristown Rotary Club website at http://morristownrotary.org/