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January 9, 2013

CASA of Parker County adds new recruiter-trainer

Foundation grant funds creation of new position


“Typically a CASA volunteer will spend an average of 20 hours a month on their case,” Duke added.

“The CASA organization embodies the true meaning of community,” Duke added. “People are volunteering their time to invest in the future of their community.”

Volunteers can assist the CASA organization in several ways, including becoming an advocate for children in the court system, becoming a member of the Friends of CASA fundraising and promotion group, or using their talents and skills to benefit the organization.

CASA volunteer Joe Birmingham used his experience to research and write the grant request that was submitted to the Meadows Foundation for the recruiter-trainer position.

“Having Joe put his grant-writing talent to work for us was obviously very beneficial,” Tucker said. “We feel it was his great job in writing the request that the Meadows Foundation found our need for a recruiter-trainer very worthy.”

The Meadows Foundation assists people and institutions of Texas to improve the quality and circumstances of life for themselves and future generations. The Foundation’s vision is to strive to exemplify the principles of its founder in addressing basic human needs by working toward the elimination of ignorance, hopelessness and suffering, protecting the environment, providing cultural enrichment, encouraging excellence and promoting understanding and cooperation among people.

Each Meadows Foundation grant is considered individually. When awarding the grant to CASA of Parker County Inc., Bruce Esterline, the Foundation’s vice president for grants, said, “We appreciate the opportunity to assist your organization’s efforts toward hiring a volunteer recruiter-trainer to expand services for abused and neglected children.”

Duke is ready to speak with anyone interested in becoming a CASA volunteer for the Parker and/or Palo Pinto programs, or about speaking at their club or organizational meeting. Phone Duke at 817-599-6224 or email

To sign up for the next training course, which begins Saturday, contact Duke by today.

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