CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE NOMINEES!
And thank you to everyone that nominated these exceptional organizations!
KYG Delegation Advisors – Kim Belanger & Lisa Ubachs
Asotin Co Library Wednesday Shelvers – Jeanette Krause, Melissa Trampel, Janet Cable
ORGANIZATION AWARD WINNERS
The Asotin/Garfield County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program recruits, trains, and supports volunteer appointed guardians in providing advocacy for abandoned, abused and neglected children. Their volunteers advocate for the best interests of children in and out of dependency court, while seeking to protect their right to a safe, nurturing and permanent outcome.
Child welfare systems are in a state of crisis. The average child in foster care spends more than a year in care. One solution to this crisis is the CASA program. Volunteer advocates are screened, trained and supported by CASA staff. Volunteers form a one-on one relationship with a child and get a full picture of the case. Judges depend on CASA volunteers for critical information to help them make the most well-informed decision for the child involved.
Homes of Hope, a Christian Non-Profit Corporation, is dedicated to the equipping and support of foster families and the children in their care. We understand that not everyone can become a foster family, but we believe that everyone can help. All of us working together can make a difference in the lives of our children and in doing so change the face of tomorrow.
Foster parents can take their foster child to receive free clothes and items (crib, bed, toys, blankets, etc) they need at the Hope Room. The child also receives a new toy, book or stuffed animal that is sure to bring a smile to a hurting child. After a child is placed in foster care or adopted through foster care the foster/adopt family can visit the Hope Room up to three times a year to get new sizes and appropriate seasonal clothes.
Homes of Hope has scholarship money available to help foster children attend lessons (piano, gymnastics, guitar, dance, etc.), sports or seasonal activities (aquatic center, Silverwood, ski pass, fairs, etc.).
The Willow Center
The Willow Center for Grieving Children provides support to children, teens and their families who are grieving the death of a loved one. The preventive program provides group support coordinated by behavioral health professionals and trained volunteers.
The Willow Center is the only organization between Boise and Spokane that is dedicated to serving the needs of grieving children, teens and their families in a free of charge, on-going open ended, support group format.
The Willow Center extends their services and resources to the community in need of grief support via web site information, consultation, and presentations. They are a non-profit, charitable organization operating by the hard work of many dedicated volunteers and support from the local community.
Camp Erin is a weekend, overnight camp, for kids ages 6 -17, who have experienced the death of someone close to them. It is a weekend-long experience filled with traditional, fun, camp activities combined with grief education and emotional support – facilitated by grief professionals and trained volunteers from the Willow Center and the community.