After a successful men’s recruitment event earlier in 2023, CASA of Kent County staff realized an important truth: nothing helps break the ice like a slice of pizza!
Did you know that CASA receives funding from the State of Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services? This money goes through Michigan CASA, our state organization, and flows to local programs to help them grow. In 2022, Michigan CASA received $1 million from the State. CASA of Kent County’s portion enabled us to add a part-time advocate supervisor, making it possible for more CASA volunteers to advocate for more children.
Spring is the time when state legislators work on the next year’s budget. In May, CASA of Kent County’s executive director, Stephanie, and development coordinator, Sam, gathered in Lansing with individuals from other CASA programs across Michigan to advocate for continued inclusion in the State budget. CASA employees and volunteers met with state senators and representatives from their districts. Stephanie and Sam met with those who represent Kent County to express gratitude for CASA’s inclusion in last year’s budget, share how vital state funding is for our program, and request their support for continued funding.
After meetings with legislators, Stephanie and Sam also got to explore the Capitol Building, network with other CASA staff and volunteers, and learn about CASA’s impact in counties across the State! Thank you, Michigan CASA, for organizing a great and impactful event and thank you, Kent County legislators, for taking the time to meet with us!
This article is part of the Summer 2023 edition of CASA Connect, CASA of Kent County’s quarterly newsletter. Click here to view a pdf version of this newsletter.
CASA of Kent County held its annual Heart of CASA dinner on October 19, 2023. Familiar faces and new friends gathered at The High Five GR, an exciting new venue, to honor award recipients and garner support for CASA’s mission for the coming year.
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