McKINNEY (June 26, 2014) — The care of abused and neglected children making their way through the judicial system relies heavily on volunteers.
To help Collin County children navigate the various law enforcement agencies, these volunteers need rigorous training. With this in mind, the CoServ Charitable Foundation (CCF) presented Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Collin County with a $10,000 grant on Thursday, June 26.
The funds will be used to recruit, train and supervise CASA of Collin County Volunteer Advocates.
“In order to keep up with the increases in the growing number of children in foster care, CASA of Collin County must train at least 75 new Volunteer Advocates each year,” Development Director Lori Geer said in her application.
That’s up from 55 recruits in 2013, she said. Services provided by Volunteer Advocates involve dozens of interactions with the child, as well as at least a half-dozen court hearings and staff meetings.
For CCF, the decision to grant the funds was easy, said CCF Executive Director Dennis Engelke.
“These children need as much help as they can get,” he said. “They’re the most vulnerable members of our community.”
For more information about CASA of Collin County, visit their website. For details about CCF and its stewardship, including how to apply for a grant and/or make a tax-deductible contribution to the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization, visit CoServCharitableFoundation.org or click the CCF tab at Facebook.com/CoServEnergy.
About CASA of Collin County
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Collin County advocates for the best interest of children in foster care. Since 1994, we have served 100 percent of the abused and neglected children removed from their homes in Collin County. Within 24 hours of the removal, CASA is appointed by District Court Judges as the child’s guardian ad litem. As the child’s official voice in court, CASA works tirelessly to make sure the child (and parents) receives the services needed and the child’s case moves through the system as quickly as possible. The goal is for each child to be reunited with family if appropriate or to be placed in a safe and loving forever home if reunification is not possible. For more information visit casaofcollincounty.org.
About the CoServ Charitable Foundation
The CoServ Charitable Foundation (CCF) supports activities and organizations making a difference in CoServ communities throughout North Texas. Since its creation in 2004, CCF has provided $5.8 million in grants to more than 184 different organizations in 54 area communities. The foundation is supported by CoServ Electric, and funding is made possible by donations from residential CoServ Electric Members and CoServ Gas Customers who donate to Operation Roundup® by rounding up their bills to the nearest dollar. All the extra pennies are used every month to directly support social, charitable and civic programs in the CoServ service area. For more information visit CoServCharitableFoundation.org.