CASA seeks donations to advocate for abused children


LIMA — CASA of Allen and Putnam Counties will be participating Tuesday in the #GivingTuesday program as it seeks donations to train volunteers to help abused and neglected children in the region.

CASA is a program of Crime Victim Services. Its volunteers are appointed by a judge to speak up for the best interests of an abused or neglected child. The ultimate goal of a CASA volunteer is to help make sure the child has a safe, permanent home. CASA of Allen and Putnam Counties currently has 100 trained advocates, but more are needed. The program has advocated for nearly 900 children since it’s inception in 2009 and will reach approximately 275 children in 2018. Allen County projections indicate close to 150 children for whom a CASA will not be assigned, based on a shortage of advocates.

#GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving to kick off the holiday giving season. CASA has branded its fund-raising effort that day as #givingCASAday.

To learn more about the #givingCASAday initiative, visit www.casaoflima.org. You can donate on Giving Tuesday through the program’s social media pages on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – @casaoflima

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