CASA gets $262,551 donation to improve North County coverage

Kaytlyn Leslie: 805-781-7928, @kaytyleslie

Templeton-based must! charities has donated $262,551 to Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), as part of a collaboration with the nonprofit to address the needs of the North County.

The funding will cover additional advocate supervisors, AmeriCorps workers, CASA trainers, volunteer recruitment coordinators and an increased number of training classes available to North County volunteers, as well as an investment in marketing CASA in the North County, according to a news release.

It is part of the overall four-year strategic plan to diminish a wait list of 120 children in the North County who cannot be helped by CASA because of capacity constraints.

Melanie Barket will serve as supervisor for the collaboration, known as the North County Expansion of the Court Appointed Special Advocates program.