Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) said it will hold its second annual Jammin’ for CASA fundraiser at the Merced Fairgrounds April 28.
Tickets are $50 each and table sponsorships with advertising opportunities begin at $500. Space is limited. For more information, call (209) 722-2272.
The evening begins with a social hour at 6 p.m. and will include live jazz music, a steak and shrimp dinner, as well as a live and silent auction. All funds will remain in Merced County to help local foster youngsters. The funds will help recruit and train more advocates so that every foster child will have a CASA volunteer working with them, according to a CASA news release
Local organizers of CASA of Merced County said new advocates are now workingwith over 33 children. CASA is a national nonprofit organizationthat assists abused and neglected children. CASA volunteers are appointed by a judge to ensure children have an advocate in the court system and to help make sure they are placed in a safe home with an appropriate family.
“We have been tremendously fortunate to have so many qualified and caring people step forward to volunteer their time as advocates,” said Executive Director Shar Herrera said in the news release. “They are making atremendous impact on the lives of Merced County’s foster youth.”
Some 550 foster children livee in Merced County. Since the local chapter beganlast year, 38 advocates have taken part in the required training Becoming an advocate requires 40 hours of training. The first class of Merced advocates included ninevolunteers.
CASA said the funds from Jammin’ for CASA will allow the program to recruit and train an additional 30 to 40 advocates this year. Call the CASA office at (209) 722-2272 for more information about becoming a volunteer.