The holidays will be a little brighter for children in the community thanks to Colonial Life employees who donated to the Richland County CASA holiday drive.
More than $3,700 was raised, and the court appointed special advocates (CASAs) will give out gift cards as Christmas gifts to the children they represent.
“Supporting Richland County CASA is vitally important because we convey a message of self-worth and hope to our community’s children who have been abused, neglected and abandoned,” said Colonial Life community relations specialist Alana Stroker. “The gift cards, whether it be for a retail store or a restaurant, empowers the children with a choice to buy something they want.”
Colonial Life has been supporting organizations that provide programs and services to improve the wellness of individuals and communities for more than 75 years. Founded in 1983 by the Junior League, Richland County CASA advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children in Richland County Family Court system by providing quality volunteer and legal representation to ensure every child a safe, permanent and nurturing home.
You don’t have to be a lawyer or social worker to volunteer with Richland County CASA – all you need is a desire for helping abused children. As a volunteer, you receive training from legal and welfare professionals to help you through each case. Volunteers review records, research information, and talk to everyone involved, including social workers, attorneys, family, teachers and of course, the children. You can fill out the application here.