The Community Champion Award will support a new part‐time volunteer supervisor who will guide up to 15 volunteers, helping CASA Philadelphia serve up to 50 additional children in the next year.
Philadelphia, November 29th — This Giving Tuesday, Reinvestment Fund is pleased to announce our inaugural Community Champion Award, a $15,000 grant to CASA Philadelphia. The award is part of the Reinvestment Fund’s Employee Giving Program, which launched this year.
Annually, Reinvestment Fund employees are invited to nominate eligible organizations for Community Champion Awards. Nominations are reviewed by a staff award committee, whose recommendations are then approved by the Reinvestment Fund’s Community Advisory Board.
Reinvestment Fund has long supported economic equality through its work, including expanding access to quality education for thousands of children by investing in education facilities across the country. Sadly, the most vulnerable children in our communities, like those in foster care, need further intervention to be able to walk through those doors of opportunity.
We are thrilled to support CASA Philadelphia with this award that will help the organization fulfill its commitment to the health, safety, stability and well‐being of our city’s abused and neglected children and to changing the life trajectory of our city’s most at‐risk youth.
“Reinvestment Fund is excited to launch this Employee Giving Program, and add our institutional support to the nonprofit organizations and social enterprises to which our staff and their families already donate their time and resources,” said Reinvestment Fund’s Chief of Strategic Initiatives, Amanda High. “This Giving Tuesday, we encourage others to also consider supporting the many organizations like CASA Philadelphia that are doing outstanding work.”
CASA Philadelphia’s mission is to train and support community volunteers to advocate for the health, safety, stability and well‐being of abused and neglected children in foster care. CASA volunteers fill a critical need for many of the 6,100 children in foster care in Philadelphia—particularly older youth living in group homes—who often lack any adult to act as a parent or advocate.
“We are grateful to receive Reinvestment Fund’s inaugural Community Champion award,” said Happi Grillon, Executive Director, CASA of Philadelphia County. “Their generosity brings our goal of clearing our waiting list within reach.”
The Community Champion Award will support a part‐time volunteer supervisor who will guide up to 15 volunteers, helping CASA Philadelphia serve up to 50 additional children in the next year.
CASA Philadelphia recruits and trains volunteers to be strong and powerful voices for children in court. Many volunteers serve as sworn officers of the court, with formal responsibility for making recommendations, and closely monitoring the progress of a child or sibling group. CASA volunteers ensure that children receive all necessary services so that each child will find a permanent, loving home. CASA also trains educational decision makers to advocate for children in the foster care system. Many foster children, especially those placed in group homes and institutions, often lack an education champion, and without an invested adult, they languish in inappropriate classroom settings and struggle to graduate. Based on information from the Dept. of Human Services, 52% of Philadelphia’s high school students in foster care do not graduate, which is an economic and education crisis that is preventable.
About Reinvestment Fund
Reinvestment Fund’s mission is to build wealth and opportunity for low-wealth people and places through the promotion of socially and environmentally responsible development. Using analytical and financial tools, Reinvestment Fund brings high-quality grocery stores, affordable housing, schools and health centers to the communities that need better access—creating anchors that attract investment over the long term and help families lead healthier, more productive lives. Reinvestment Fund recently received an investor grade AA rating from Standard and Poor’s and is one of only six CDFIs nationwide with the top Aeris rating of AAA+1. Learn more online at: www.reinvestment.com.
Kavita Vijayan, Reinvestment Fund