It’s time to order a CASA lunch

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) hosts one of the largest fundraisers of the year to help abused and neglected children in El Dorado County

Child Advocates of El Dorado County is having its annual box lunch fundraiser and will make and deliver 3,000 lunches from Pollock Pines to Rancho Cordova by noon on Thursday, April 10 thanks to more than 100 hundred volunteers.

There are many ways to get involved from donating a Food For Less gift card to help offset food costs to sponsoring the event.

More lunch assembly volunteers are also needed for the lunch consisting of a gourmet veggie or turkey wrap, chips, cookies and Barsotti apple juice.

Funds raised will help pay for recruiting, training and supporting new advocates to help more abused and neglected kids in El Dorado County get into safe, permanent homes.

By helping these kids now, they may avoid long-term foster care, possibly moving multiple times and aging out at 18 which can result in living on the streets, incarceration for crimes, being caught up in sex trafficking, having unwanted babies and living dependent on social services.

Another way to get involved would be to order box lunches at your office for April 10.

Child Advocates of El Dorado County is a non-profit organization providing court mandated advocate services to approximately 350 children annually removed from their homes by the juvenile court system due to abuse or neglect.

Each advocate is matched with a child or sibling group to spend time with them, investigate their life and let the judge know where a safe, permanent home is available.

“We are excited to hold our 18th annual Box Lunch fundraiser thanks to all the help of our amazing volunteers and advocates who annually help make and deliver the lunches. Their passion for helping abused and neglected kids is incredible and extremely appreciated.” said Kathy Hurd, development manager of Child Advocates of El Dorado County.

“Volunteers thank me for the opportunity to help these kids through this event. They’re excited to start helping at 4:30 a.m. and customers anxiously await the lunch order forms each spring. We’re truly blessed to live in such a caring community and thank our volunteers, advocates and donors immensely for all their support,” said Hurd.

The Women in Networking group has been in existence in El Dorado Hills since 2004 and not only is it a group that focuses on growing a business through relationship networking, WIN has donated thousands of dollars to Child Advocates of El Dorado County and has members who also participate in the annual lunch box fundraiser.

The group also regularly supports Child Advocates through its weekly luncheon raffle and recently hosted an open house mixer where proceeds benefited CASA. In addition, some of the WIN members even volunteer for Child Advocates outside the weekly meetings.

The box lunch assembly will take place on Thursday, April 10 starting at 4:30 a.m. at the Diamond Springs Firefighters Hall, 501 Main St. in Diamond Springs.

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Child Advocates of El Dorado County speaks exclusively for and acts in the best interests of, children who have been removed from their family homes due to abuse, neglect, abandonment or molestation.

Part of a national organization, Child Advocates of El Dorado County is a nonprofit organization founded in Placerville in 1992 and provides specially trained volunteers who serve as advocates for hundreds of children transitioning from foster care to adoption, guardianship, kinship care or reunification to their own families.

In 1994 Child Advocates expanded by opening an additional office in South Lake Tahoe to ensure all children in El Dorado County can be served.

Child Advocates is always seeking volunteers. If you would like to make a difference in the life of child contact the office at 530-622-9882 in Placerville or 530-572-3072 in South Lake Tahoe.

Women in Networking is a relationship/referral network designed to support local businesses through:
1. Developing relationships that define the know, like and trust philosophy that is critical in today’s networking and referral groups.

2. Creating centers of influence to expand and grow members’ businesses by sharing information and creating referral networks.

3. Creating power partnerships that create synergies between businesses.

WIN El Dorado Hills meets every Tuesday at Sienna Restaurant, 3909 Park Drive in El Dorado Hills, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

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