CASA receives award from 100 Women Who Care of Ogle County

Deanna Forrest presents checks to CASA board member and 100 Women member Julie Mann (both pictured center). Also present were (from far left) Arlene Sangmeister, Linda Corwin-Graber, Deanne Haub, (second from right) Jennie O’Rorke and Kim Montgomery (far right).

OGLE COUNTY — CASA of Ogle County (Court Appointed Special Advocates) was the second recipient from the group 100 Women Who Care, Ogle County.
Two organizations were nominated for the quarterly donation: CASA and Village of Progress. Brian Books, director of Village of Progress, and Julie Mann, board member of CASA and a 100 Women Who Care member, gave informative presentations about their respective organizations.
While CASA was the recipient at the July meeting, Village of Progress will be eligible again in October, and CASA can be on the ballot next July. 100 Women members may nominate an Ogle County 501c3 organization for consideration. Once the votes are tallied, the women write a check for the winning organization with the checks going directly to the non-profit.
CASA recruits, screens, trains and supports community volunteers who are court appointed guardians for a child in the abuse/neglect court system. Children often come from a difficult living situation, thus the care and personal attention CASA volunteers provide for these children throughout the duration of the case is invaluable.
“If CASA was not involved in a case, that child is just a a fan in the courtroom, a number on file or the one who falls through the cracks,” Trisha Morrow, executive director of CASA said. “CASA volunteers provide a powerful voice for powerless children. CASA will use the donation from 100 Women to support their volunteer training program.”
100 Women Who Care of Ogle County is open to any woman who is interested in learning more about the non-profits in the county and donating $100 per quarter to the chosen organization.
The next meeting will be Thursday, Oct. 15 at Alfano’s in Rochelle.
For further information, contact Deanna Forrest at [email protected]

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