CASA to expand to North County
Organization recruits, trains and supervises volunteer advocates for abused, neglected and abandoned children
–Local nonprofit Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, recently entered into a four-year partnership with Must! Charities which will provide $262,551 to CASA to help them expand to North County. The investment will allow CASA to focus additional volunteer recruitment efforts, training and assignment of those volunteers to infants, toddlers, children and youth in the North County.
Currently there are 460 youth in the jurisdiction of the court countywide and 180 of those are from the northern region of SLO County. At this point, CASA has the capacity to serve 60 of these children, with 120 remaining on the waitlist.
CASA has selected Melanie Barket as supervisor for the Must! Charities collaboration. Barket is a Cal Poly graduate with a degree in psychology and human development. She has lived in the North County for eight years and has provided health education for local youth in the past. Barket has been with CASA for two years and developed and implemented the CASA Mentor Program for transitional aged youth.
CASA recruits, trains and supervises volunteer advocates for abused, neglected and abandoned children in San Luis Obispo County. CASA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. For information on volunteer opportunities or to make a donation, call (805) 541-6542 or visit www.slocasa.org.