Suzanne Southwell presented Heidi Kone, from Meals on Wheels San Diego County, with a check for $2000. Heidi explained thanked the Club for its long term support of their programs, and explained that Escondido is one of the largest service areas in North County with a large number of seniors living on less than $1500 per month, an d more than half of them over 85 years old. The grant will be used for meals packaging in Escondido.
Joe Giamanco presented Jessica Nolan of Voices For Children a check for $1500. Voices for Children transforms the lives of abused, abandoned, or neglected children by providing them with trained volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs). There are over 4,700 children in the foster care system, over 500 just from Escondidio. CASAs are Court Appointed Special Advocates. Once a CASA volunteer accepts a case, they are officially appointed by a Juvenile Court judge, authorizing them to become involved in the child’s case and gain access to their records. As the Juvenile Court’s eyes and ears for children in foster care, these volunteer advocates speak up on their child’s behalf and help them through what is often a confusing and scary time.
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