Local CASA receives Kentucky Colonels grant

Natalie Cubbage, business support/advocate volunteer manager with CASA of the Heartland, and Gen. James M. Rogers, trustee with the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, pose for a photo as CASA of the Heartland was awarded a more than $2,000 Kentucky Colonels grant.

CASA of the Heart­land recently was awarded a more than $2,000 grant from the Honor­able Order of Kentucky Colonels.

The $2,511.94 grant will be used to purchase items for their program such as a secure filing cabinet and laptop computer for their training room.

“We are so grateful to the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels and their service to so many around the commonwealth and specifically for honoring CASA of the Heartland with this assistance,” Executive Director Norma Hatfield said in a news release. “These items will help us with our mission on a daily basis. We want every child who needs a court appointed special advocate to have a CASA and this support will help us get there.”

According to the release, CASA of the Heartland serves dependent, neglected, and abused children under the protection of the Hardin County Family Court system by recruiting, training and supporting a community of volunteers who advocate on their behalf.

CASA of the Hear­tland’s grant is just a small portion of the $2.1 million the Colonels will award in grants supporting 275 nonprofits, impacting close to 3.7 million Kentuckians, the release said.

Grants are made possible through donations from contributing Colonels from throughout the commonwealth and around the world who chose to exercise this honor in a meaningful way.

“When HOKC Trustees met with grant applicants this year, we were reminded how hard the pandemic has made life harder for many folks, from first responders in community service charities to the clients themselves,” Commanding General Hal Sullivan said in the release. “Thanks to Kentucky Colonels from around the world who donate to the Good Works Program, HOKC can lend a helping hand to so many local charities that provide essential services that lessen the impact. Because a Colonel cares, we make giving to others a proud Kentucky tradition.”

Those interested in being a Colonel or nominating someone to become one can contact HOKC National Headquarters at 502-266-6114 or go to kycolonels.org.

CASA currently has 51 children waiting for an advocate. For information about CASA or becoming a CASA volunteer, contact 270-982-2274 or go to casaheartland.org.

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