WHSV partners with CASA for Children for Good Neighbor Gift project

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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) — WHSV is partnering with CASA for Children as part of an annual effort to help organizations having a positive impact in the Shenandoah Valley.

On April 15, 2017, CASA will host their Superhero 5K Walk and Run at Gypsy Hill Park in Staunton to raise awareness and funds for the organization.

But what is CASA?

The non-profit recruits, trains and supervises volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children in Augusta, Rockbridge and Rockingham counties, as well as the cities of Harrisonburg, Staunton, Waynesboro, Lexington and Buena Vista.

These volunteers from a variety of backgrounds gather information about the life of a child in foster care, which is then compiled and reviewed by a judge — who can then make better informed decisions about the child's future.

CASA helps to relieve the work load of social service workers.

"You wouldn't think somebody that would not be a trained social worker or a lawyer or a psychologist would have such an impact on the life of a child, but they have a huge impact on the outcome of a child after he or she goes through foster care," said Juan Pablo Molina, the Executive Director of CASA. "They're local community folks that really care."

Right now, CASA's 40 volunteers serve around 100 children in the community.

But they're looking to help more.

"We are honored and grateful and amazed by the support that we're receiving from WHSV through the Good Neighbor Gift. This gift is going to allow us to leap in the awareness and outreach we have in the community," said Molina.

WHSV will have continuing coverage of CASA and the 5k event in the coming weeks.

You can register to run in the Superhero 5K starting on March 2nd, and registration is only $25 through March 5th! Just click here to sign up.

You can check out the event's Facebook page here.
You can check out CASA's website here.