Phelps County Bank has pledged $15,000 over the next three years to the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children in South Central Missouri.
A check for $5,000 was presented by the employee-owned bank to CASA Board of Directors, staff and volunteers.
“We are committed to giving back to our community,” said David Connell, CEO of PCB. “This is one of our ways to help children who are in real need. The CASA program here is an organization that gets involved with these children and really makes a difference in their lives.”
CASA, a not-for-profit organization, is the only program where everyday citizens are appointed by judges to speak up for a child’s safety and well being. Children with a CASA volunteer are half as likely to spend time in long term foster care.
CASA volunteers come from all walks of life. There is no special educational background required. The volunteers are carefully screened and provided with extensive training.
CASA will host a fundraising event, “Justice Is Served!” The event will be held from 7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 18 at the Missouri S&T Havener Center. Eight judges from the 25th Circuit will be serving up a full course breakfast to the guests. Appellate Court Judge Mary Sheffield, Associate Circuit Judges Ken Clayton, Doug Gaston, Colin Long, Ron White, Circuit Judges Bill Hickle and Greg Warren, along with Senior Judge John Wiggins will be on hand to participate as breakfast servers.
For more information contact the CASA office at (573) 458-6240.