The Hancock County Community Foundation and the Rotary Club o f Greenfield recently awarded CASA a $2,000 grant. HCCF matched dollar for dollar the money raised by the Rotary Club of Greenfield at their Steak‘n Bake’n Raffle last fall. East Central Indiana Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) vision is that every child has the right to a safe and permanent home. CASA’s mission is to equip and supervise volunteers who provide hundreds of neglected, abused, and exploited children with a voice and friend in the court process. CASA is the only program in the Hancock County community that provides this type of advocacy services to children. With early intervention, proper treatment and services, and growing up in a loving, safe and nurturing environment, these children will be less likely to become involved in abusive relationships, become abusers themselves, and will hopefully become productive and contributing citizens with stable families of their own someday.
The grant dollars awarded that fund CASA are critical to the success of the agency, and the victims it serves. Children are the future of the County, and CASA strives in being the success factor in breaking the cycle of abuse. Without early intervention, these children are also more likely than any other children in the community to face homelessness, teenage pregnancy, unemployment, and criminal behavior as adults, drug abuse and other harmful outcomes. This program is essential to our county and community because every child deserves a chance for their voice to be heard.
HCCF works with caring individuals, families, and organizations to create or grow existing permanent funds called endowments. These funds generate income that is distributed in the form of grants and scholarships to enrich and enhance life in Hancock County, as well as support the donor’s favorite charitable causes, both at home and afar forever. HCCF has granted over $8.7 million since its inception in 1992.