Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018
CASA is honored to recognize the continued support and partnership of the City of Westminster.
Support from Westminster comes from a variety of sources, illustrating the commitment of the City’s elected officials, community leaders, and citizens to improve the lives of abused and neglected children. For the past eight years, CASA has received funds from the City’s Human Services Board through their annual grant process. Since 2007, the Westminster Legacy Foundation, a community foundation whose mission is “to support and enhance programs and projects that benefit the Westminster community and its citizens” has also supported CASA through its annual grant process. The City has supported CASA’s many events through sponsorship and attendance by City leaders. In addition, CASA has been the beneficiary of the Annual Roast presented by the Westminster 7:10 Rotary Club Foundation for the past two years.
These varied sources of revenue and community engagement are much appreciated, and we are very excited to highlight the latest show of support from the City of Westminster. With the support of Mayor Herb Atchison and the City Council, City Manager Don Tripp and CASA Executive Director Lindsay Lierman have signed a Letter of Understanding that not only formalizes the partnership between CASA and Westminster, it also provides for additional funding support and assistance with outreach and recruitment of new CASA volunteers! Besides helping to open doors to Westminster businesses, the City has committed to providing one new CASA volunteer each year and is giving employees paid leave to attend training, court appearances, and other time commitments required of a CASA volunteer advocate.
Christina Norberg, a Payroll Technician, is the first City employee to participate in this program and become a CASA volunteer. Christina has completed training, has been sworn in, and has just taken her first case. She said she learned about CASA through this program and felt drawn to this volunteer experience to help children in difficult situations. Christina is using this opportunity to share CASA’s mission with other City employees to increase awareness and hopefully add more City volunteers over time. About her decision to become a CASA volunteer, Christina says, “I’m really excited to start on my first case and look forward to being a part of the CASA organization for a long time. I’m so very thankful for the opportunity and to have the ability to really make a difference in a child’s life.”
At CASA, we are so thankful for volunteers like Christina and the amazing support of the City of Westminster. Partners like Westminster play a vital role to help provide a voice for and change the lives of abused and neglected children in our community. CASA Executive Director Lindsay Lierman said, “We are so grateful for these partnerships in Westminster. This support is crucial for the work we do to fight child abuse and neglect throughout both Adams and Broomfield Counties. We truly couldn’t do this without them!”
Incorporated in 1911, Westminster is now the seventh most populated city in Colorado, with more than 100,000 people calling Westminster home. To learn more about the City of Westminster, the Westminster Legacy Foundation, and the Westminster 7:10 Rotary, please visit their respective websites at http://www.ci.westminster.co.us/, https://westyfoundation.org, and http://www.westminster710rotary.org/.
To learn more about becoming a CASA Partner, please contact Executive Director, Lindsay Lierman at firstname.lastname@example.org.