"Each Child Valued as our Own"
The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) organization is an important part of Beacon Credit Union's Community Programs. Each year Beacon joins CASA for their annual Heart and Sole Shoe Sale. The event draws in people throughout the Lynchburg area who not only take advantage of the great offers on name brand and designer shoes, but also show support for the great cause.
Founded in 1977 by Judge David Soupup, the CASA organization offers extensive training for its volunteers, giving them the experience and skills needed to speak with abused children. By spending time with these children, CASA volunteers can learn about their situations and circumstances, arming them with the facts needed when confronting a Judge. By giving neglected children a voice, CASA helps to find safe permanent homes for the kids they help.
Sandy Ottmar, retired Program Manager of the King County Dependency CASA Programs states "The biggest reward for me was how CASA leadership has worked with judicial and social services to shorten the time that children spend in foster care. What a CASA volunteer is often able to do to "move" the system has been truly amazing."
As declared in their mission statement, CASA "advocates the best interest of abused and neglected children..." and "recruits, trains, supports and monitors caring volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court."
At Beacon, we take pride in our partnership with CASA and look forward to future events and opportunities as they grow as a charitable organization.
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