By MAUREEN DOLAN/Staff writer
Camie Wereley has spent nearly two decades serving North Idaho’s most vulnerable community members: children and adults who have been neglected and abused.
Wereley, of Coeur d’Alene, began volunteering as a court-appointed special advocate with North Idaho’s CASA program in 1997. CASA’s volunteer advocates are entrusted by the courts to look out for the best interests of children who have been removed from their homes due to neglect or abuse.
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North Idaho CASA is pleased to receive a grant from the Women's Gift Alliance Members Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation of $500. The grant was provided on behalf of Pam Ness and Mary Jo Shaw in support of CASA operations. This gift will go towards CASA's advocating for North Idaho children removed from the home due to violence, abuse or neglect. To date this year, CASA has served 303 children. CASA has over 100 volunteer advocates that serve these children in the following ways:
NORTH IDAHO CASA RECEIVES EXCELLENCE AWARD! The First Judicial District CASA Program (North Idaho CASA) was 1 of 6 winners of the Idaho Non Profit Excellence Awards on September 15, 2015. The award was presented to the First Judicial District CASA Program’s CEO, KJ Torgerson, at the 12th annual Idaho Statewide Nonprofit Conference at Boise State University. Out of the 5,500 non-profit (non-religious) organizations in Idaho whose interests are represented by The Idaho Nonprofit Center, only 197 organizations were nominated. To learn more about The Idaho Nonprofit Center and this award, click here.
North Idaho CASA was a recipient of a grant awarded by the Cancer and Community Charities (3 C's) on August 21, 2015 at the 3 C's annual award luncheon at the Coeur d'Alene Resort. This year, the 3 C's distributed over $100,000 between 32 Kootenai County non-profit organizations. CASA appreciates the 3 C's dedication to their community and is proud to be a partner with them in serving the children in Kootenai County.
Sharmon Schmitt, CASA Board of Directors member, received the award on behalf of CASA.
To learn more about 3 C's and how they raise these funds to give back to the community, read the Coeur d'Alene Press article here.