Several years ago, Kym Matthews met former CASA volunteer and current Michigan CASA employee, Janice Fonger at a networking “power lunch” hosted by WGVU radio host Shelley Irwin. For Kym, this was the introduction into a community she is now passionate about.
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.
For 35 years, local accounting firm EHTC has devoted its annual golf outing, Chipping for Chairty, to raising money for community organizations. Our staff and board of directors were ecstatic when CASA of Kent County selected as the company’s official charity partner for 2023.
CASA volunteers commit time throughout the year to advocate for children, so we love to throw a proper party to express our gratitude for their hard work.
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