Thursday, June 9

Two sisters, on their own two feet, supporting a great cause

Starting June 25, 2011, two sisters from New Jersey (Lori and Holly) will use their strength and endurance to raise awareness and funds for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) programs that provide volunteers to watch over and serve as advocates for abused and neglected children.

To accomplish this noble goal the women will cover 363 miles of the Oregon coast on foot. Both sisters have been training for months to prepare for their journey, each covering 800 miles in the past six months. That's an average of more than 33 miles per week just in preparation for the fundraiser!

So what is CASA?
The National CASA Association is a non-profit 501(c)(3) network of 1,000 program offices that recruit, train and support volunteers to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom and other settings. CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children, to make sure they don’t get lost in the legal and social service system.

Why is this important?
CASA volunteers stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many abused children, their CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives. Independent research has demonstrated that children with a CASA volunteer are substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care and less likely to reenter care.

And why are the sisters doing this?
To quote the sisters...
It’s hard to imagine that not every child in this country grows up in a safe, stable and loving home. Last year, CASA programs assisted more than 237,000 children in foster care in the United States.

Lori and Holly know how fortunate they are to have come from a home with two loving parents who supported them every step of the way through life’s unpredictable twists and turns. Now, they will take this journey together to offer their support to those in need.

How can I help?
By visiting the sister's donation page, you can make a donation to:
Essex County CASA
Voices for Children (San Diego)

Please note "Two Sisters" in the memo line if you send a check.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for the support for our Two Sisters Walk! We are still posting about our daily encounters climbing jetties, scaling rocks, forging our way through overgrown trails, losing our way in the Oregon Dunes and many other exciting adventures! Don't forget to check back on our blog page for all of the details!!! Thanks again for following us and supporting our journey to raise awareness and funds for CASA!


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