CASA commits to 20 new volunteers in 2020

Posted 1/4/20

CASA commits to 20 new volunteers in 2020

At CASA’S NYE Party the community gathered to make their New Year’s resolution to support the children of Bradley and Polk Counties.

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is a nonprofit that works with trained community volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in Bradley and Polk Counties. 

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CASA commits to 20 new volunteers in 2020

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At CASA’S NYE Party the community gathered to make their New Year’s resolution to support the children of Bradley and Polk Counties. 

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is a nonprofit that works with trained community volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in Bradley and Polk Counties. 

The night was filled with live music, dancing, delicious food catered by Tasteful Gatherings, a silent auction, and a live auction led by auctioneer John Sanders Jr. 
Cleveland Mayor Kevin Brooks served at the master of ceremonies for the evening and encouraged the community to come together in supporting CASA in 2020.
The mayor explained CASA currently has the capacity to serve around 240 children each year, yet there are still hundreds of other children who could benefit from having a CASA volunteer in their lives.
Kids Count Data Center reports there are around 1,400 cases of reported abuse each year in Bradley County.

“It is CASA's mission to continuously grow its capacity until it is able to provide a voice for every child who needs one,” said Executive Director Christopher Janetzko. “In order to continue with the agency’s growth, it is the organization's goal to recruit 20 new advocates in 2020.” 

CASA estimates it raised $35,000 from the benefit. The agency plans to use the money to support its efforts to recruit, train and retain additional volunteers advocates. 

“When I first became involved with CASA, it was as a volunteer advocate,”  explained event chair Jennie Evans. “That is why planning a successful event was so important to me. I have seen firsthand how advocating for a child in our community can make a difference.”

Those interested in becoming a volunteer advocate in Bradley or Polk Counties should visit casabp.org or call 423-472-5800. Volunteers will be trained by CASA about child welfare best practices and how to advocate for a child’s best interest. Once completing the training these volunteers will be sworn in by a judge and then will be able to advocate for a child in Bradley and Polk Counties. 
 
Cormetech and State Farm agent Jake Duos were both corporate sponsors of the event.
Other sponsors included Boundless Moving, Cameron Company, Check Into Cash, Complete Restoration Solutions, Cooke's Food Store, The Jenne Law Firm, La Quinta, Servpro, the Simpkins Group, Southern Heritage Bank, and Tri-Con. There were also several in-kind sponsors which included Bender Realty, The Jenne Law Firm, Knights of Columbus, The Press, River Stone Wine Spirits Brew, ServPro, Tarver Distributing, and Tasteful Gatherings.

The event committee included Carolanne Crip, Jenna Duos, Jennie Evans (Event Chair), Kaite Jones, Carol Killen, Jennifer Niez and Jane Wright.

CASA is also funded under a grant contract with the state of Tennessee, The National CASA/GAL Association, and United Way of the Ocoee Region. 

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