CASA Volunteers Fight for Foster Kids’ Rights in New Jersey

Child advocates have mobilized and raised over $100,000 for CASA of New Jersey through Members Project from American Express.
Last year, more than 75,000 CASA and guardian ad litem (GAL) volunteers helped 240,000 abused and neglected children find safe, permanent homes. (Photo c/o CASA of New Jersey)
Sep 27, 2011
Jenny Inglee is a Los Angeles-based journalist and the Education Editor at TakePart.

“The mission [of CASA] is so pure,” Keeva Kase says.

For the last eight years, Keeva has worked for CASA of New Jersey, an organization that he explains, “takes everyday citizens and places them in the lives of the most vulnerable people in the country—innocent children who have been abused and neglected in their homes.”

The everyday citizens are judge-appointed volunteers who represent the best interests of children who have been removed from their homes and are now living in foster homes, group homes and treatment facilities.

Funding in the nonprofit world can be difficult and because of this, Keeva, CASA of New Jersey’s director of development, has inspired CASA volunteers to help raise funds and awareness through Members Project from American Express.

Keeva and the staff of Hudson County CASA in New Jersey. (Photo c/o CASA of New Jersey)

CASA volunteers throughout New Jersey simply registered the number of hours they volunteered and then turned those hours into dollars. Because of their dedication, $111,405 has been raised and put back into the organization.

The funds, Keeva says, will “go directly to the local CASA programs” throughout New Jersey. The volunteers and staff will be given support and more children will be given a volunteer who stands up for them when no one else will.

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