CASA Receives Grant from the Abigail L. Longenecker Memorial Foundation

Skate for Abbey Event Poster CASA Receives Grant from the Abigail L. Longenecker Memorial Foundation

LANCASTER, PA (March 19, 2015) – CASA of Lancaster County is honored to have received their third grant from The Abigail L. Longenecker Memorial Foundation (ALLMF). CASA was awarded the grant at the 18th Annual Family Skate for Abby at the Lancaster Ice Rink, 371 Carerra Dr, Lancaster, PA 17601.

The Abigail L. Longenecker Memorial Foundation has been "helping nonprofit organizations help children” since 1998. In those 17 years, Abby’s Foundation has awarded over 135 grants to 67 organizations totaling over $206,000. The selection process for grants is unique. The selection committee is made up of young people, ages 11-26. The young selection committee decides which projects to support, just as Abby Longenecker chose the recipient of the Foundation’s first grant. Abby’s Foundation really is kids helping kids.

With money from the Abigail L. Longenecker Memorial Foundation, CASA will recruit, train, and supervise more volunteers in order to serve more of the children in the foster care system.CASA was also awarded ALLMF grants in 2012 and 2014.

CASA was one of seven grant recipients in attendance at the 18th Annual Family Skate for Abby. Other recipients of the 2015 grant include, Aaron's Acres, Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic, Mom's House of Lancaster, Dig It Foundation, Clinic For Special Children, A Woman's Concern, Lancaster County Council of Churches, and Amos Herr Dream Park.

The Family Skate was held on Sunday March 8, 2015. Dozens of families enjoyed the afternoon of free ice skating. Experienced skaters and those putting on skates for the first time had fun together on the ice. Snacks and cake were provided for the families in attendance. CASA staff members joined in the fun and skated as well. It was a day of making memories, and CASA is honored to have been a part of it.

CASA is central to fulfilling society’s most fundamental obligation by making sure a qualified, compassionate adult will fight for and protect a child’s right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect, and to learn and grow in the security of a loving family.

To learn how you can be a part of the CASA movement to make Lancaster County a place where every child grows up in a home free of abuse and neglect, contact us at (717) 208-3280 or casa@casalancaster.org.

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