Fund raising activities in 2017 proved to be quite successful due largely to our status as a Qualified Foster Care Charitable Organization. We enjoyed over $75,000 in donations from individual contributors who then were able to use their donations as a direct Arizona State Income Tax credit! We continue to send out heart-felt thanks to all our generous supporters. This significant increase in assets has allowed us to (1) increase our Back-to-School clothing allowance to $250 per child each year, (2) create a Summer Camp Sponsorship program with the intent to pay for approved camp tuition for as many kids as possible, (3) sponsor 2 of our local CASA volunteers to attend the National CASA Convention, (4) begin work on the creation of a “Vocational Scholarship” program to assist foster kids that age out of the State program who want to attend vocational training programs as opposed to traditional post-secondary education, and (5) assist in helping families who want to license their homes as foster homes but need help in necessary improvements. Of course we will continue our individual grants for specific needs and experiences for dependent care kids and their caregivers, our annual New Winter Coat program, Back-to-School Clothing Program, and our Summer Picnic and Christmas Gift Program.
On May 12 we conducted our annual Family Fun Picnic in Snowflake. Friends of CASA once again partnered with HRT (Human Resource Training), Catholic Charities and Arizona’s Children to sponsor this event with the intent to provide a fun-filled day of food, games, activities and prizes for ALL kids in dependent care in Navajo County along with their caregiver’s family. Strong winds forced us to relocate the event from Snowflake Pioneer Park to a nearby LDS church building, but the kids still had lots of fun and the event was quite a success.
Navajo County Friends of CASA had its first success in helping kids with serious orthodontic needs. Historically, this type of dental work is very expensive and beyond the scope of what we could afford. However, in partnership with an organization called “Smiles Change Lives” which donate orthodontic work for foster and other needy kids, we are able to provide this complete service, which can approach $5000 for a complete program, for about $600. We have now sponsored two kids who are in a 1-2 year program to correct their dental issues.
Lastly, the employees of the Coronado Power Generating Station (a subsidiary of SRP located just outside St. Johns) voted to add Navajo County Friends of CASA to its list of charitable organizations where employees can deduct a portion of their paychecks to go directly to those charities. We are very grateful to these employees and look forward to working with them in the future. Also, it is our intent to share these contributions with the Apache County CASA support organization since many of the Coronado employees live and work in Apache County.
For many years Solterra Senior Living has graciously allowed Navajo County Friends of CASA to use a conference room in their facility for our monthly Board meetings. This generous accommodation allows us to continue to minimize our operating expense and preserve as much revenue as possible to meet the needs of our kids in dependent care. Friends of CASA recently presented a “Thank You” plaque to Sunshine Tippets (Community Marketing Director) and Anita James in recognition of their support of our organization. Shown is George Turner (President, NCFoC) presenting the plaque to Sunshine and Anita.
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