I got this attachment from my beer buddy Paul Mulshine over at the Star Ledger...
March 4, 2010
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Middlesex County, Inc. is an independent, non-profit organization (501c3) committed to advocating for the best interest of at risk children in out-of-home-placement who are victims of abuse and neglect. We recruit and train volunteers who ensure that needed services and assistance are made available, in a timely fashion, to children in placement while helping to move them as quickly as possible toward safe and permanent homes. Currently in Middlesex County, there are over 500 children in foster care.
A donation from you would mean an easier life for children stuck in between the court and the child welfare system. Every year, more than 100,000 children are reported abused or neglected in New Jersey. Despite the state's attempts to help, more than 10,000 of these kids each year become trapped between the court and child welfare systems and can spend their childhood moving from one temporary shelter to another. Our cases go throughout the year and a volunteer must commit to at least 12 months to a case.
CASA of Middlesex County, Inc. knows that volunteers are people with a desire to help abused children and will see that every one of these children is placed into a safe, permanent home and to give them hope for a better life. Every child that needs a CASA should have a CASA. Your generous contribution could make our dream a reality.
We need your help and support to ensure that every child has a permanent home.
Middlesex Board Member
P.S. Foster care children need CASA volunteers to have a "Voice in Court" and you can help make that happen.
Thus ends Henry's letter. In a separate note he adds:
There are two ways you can support CASA - purchase a ticket for our "Beer Tasting" fundraiser ($30) which will be held on March 27th at 2:00 at Harvest Moon restaurant in New Brunswick or you can just contribute to CASA. Information about how to make contributions can be found on our website: http://www.casaofmiddlesexcounty.org/index.asp - (if the hyperlinks fail to work just put CASA Middlesex County in Google search.) There is PayPal access (you do not have to join PayPal to make a donation) to simplify the process.
I know times are difficult, but I hope you will be able to help.
OK Beer Lovers…your move.
Cheers till next time…