CASA Essex is Named the Beneficiary Charity for the 2019 Suburban Essex Best of Essex Contest

CASA For Children of Essex County, (CASA Essex) a program of Court Appointed Special Advocates, appointed by family court judges, which advocates for NJ’s abused and neglected children, from age 0 to 21, is the beneficiary charity for the 2019 Suburban Essex Best of Essex Contest. Through CASA Essex, each child has a dedicated CASA Volunteer who speaks up for them and ensures they do not get lost in the system. CASA Essex has helped over 5,000 children in its 33 years of existence.

“A child may go through multiple placements once removed from their home, and a CASA advocate is usually the most consistent person in their life,” says Tamara Harris, Executive Director, CASA Essex.

Aside from volunteering, she says people can make donations, attend the Ruby Red Shoe Bash on October 19th at the Grove in Cedar Grove, or participate in other events. They can also recruit volunteers or help spread awareness. Harris calls this supporting the ‘3 As’ – Assets, Advocates and Awareness.

“While many people have seen the CASA video at jury duty, sometimes the best recruitment tool is word of mouth,” says Harris. “We look for ambassadors willing to host events in their homes or businesses, where we can meet their network and speak about CASA.”

She adds, “Everyone has currency, whether it’s their network, time, or financial, and each currency purse is unique – but don’t think because you don’t have the time, you can’t make a difference in a child’s life.”

Harris says she’s thrilled to be partnered with Best of Essex. “We are so honored, blessed and grateful to have this partnership,” says Harris. “It’s a natural alliance because BOE also offers the ‘3 As,’ making this a powerful triple threat partnership!”

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06 Sep 2019

By Jackie Schatell