Wheatland gives grant to CASA

Staff Writer
Garden City Telegram
Spirit of the Plains, CASA, Inc., accepts a $1,000 grant from Wheatland Electric's Sharing Success Funds. Pictured from left: Robert DeLeon, executive director, Ginger Gallardo, volunteer supervisor, and Debbie Reynolds, volunteer coordinator. The funds will benefit recruitment of new volunteers in Scott County.

SCOTT CITY - Wheatland Electric Cooperative, Inc. announced today that its Sharing Success Fund, managed by the Scott Community Foundation, has awarded a $1,000 grant to Spirit of the Plains, CASA, Inc., based in Garden City. These funds will be used to recruit, train, and certify at least five to seven volunteers in Scott County, where a growing need for CASAs (court-appointed special advocates) exists.

CASA volunteers work with abused and neglected children in the court system across the 25th Judicial District. According to agency representatives, they get to know a child and offer a consistent and stable presence in their life during a difficult time. They speak to everyone involved (e.g., family members, teachers, attorneys, social workers, therapists, and more), research the case, create a plan for advocacy, and make recommendations to the court. All this information helps the court make informed decisions in the best interest of the child.

The Scott Community Foundation began formally accepting applications for grants from the Wheatland Electric Sharing Success Fund from non-profit organizations on December 1, 2012. Since that time, more than $85,000 in grants have been awarded to non-profit organizations across Wheatland’s service territory. This year, Wheatland Electric and CoBank have each contributed $10,000 toward this fund.

The program will continue to run until the funds are exhausted. Non-profit groups interested in receiving funding from the Wheatland Electric Sharing Success Fund should contact Alli Conine, Manager of Member Services & Corporate Communications, at 620-874-4563 or aconine@weci.net.