Dauphin County organization advocating for youth in foster care launches holiday fundraising campaign

Local officials joined members of the special advocates appointed by the Dauphin County court to launch their “Giving Tree” campaign.

Today is “Tuesday I Give”, a day that encourages generosity and supports a good cause.

Special advocates appointed by the Dauphin County Court (DC CASA) hope that during this season the community will consider supporting its mission to help young people in foster care.

“Let’s kick off this season of giving by illuminating the lives of local foster children,” said Lori Serratelli, DC CASA Board Chair.

CASA uses trained volunteer lawyers to help local judges make foster care placement decisions that are in the best interests of the child.

On November 29, the organization kicked off its month-long Giving Tree fundraising initiative with a tree-lighting ceremony outside Linglestown American Legion Post 272.

Until December 31, DC CASA is asking residents and businesses to make monetary contributions to the organization to support its advocacy work. Donors can add an ornament to the CASA virtual Christmas tree on their website.

According to CASA, there are currently around 300 foster children in Dauphin County. It costs the CASA program approximately $ 1,500 per year to recruit, train and supervise each volunteer who works directly with a foster child or group of siblings.

Children with a dedicated advocate do better in school, are more likely to graduate from high school or earn a GED, and are more likely to be placed in a permanent home, the organization said.

“When we launched our first Giving Tree campaign last December, we had six volunteers working with four families in a one-room office in the basement,” said Corey L. Korinda, executive director of DC CASA. “In just one year, we’ve grown to 14 volunteers working with nine families! Thanks to donations from local businesses and individuals, we essentially doubled our impact in 2021 – bringing even more foster children closer to safe, permanent homes.

Sponsors of the Giving Tree campaign include Mid Penn Bank and Enders Insurance.

“Protecting children from abuse and neglect is a community responsibility,” said Heather Hall, Market Chair at Mid Penn Bank.

To donate to Dauphin County CASA’s “Giving Tree” campaign, visit their website. Companies interested in sponsorship can contact Lori Serratelli at 717-540-9170 or [email protected].

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