Front Range Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) received a $500 grant from the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) for technology enhancements. Front Range CASA is a member of 3 Rivers Communications and thus was eligible to participate in this grant opportunity.
Kiersta Sullivan, Director of Front Range CASA, explained that the grant has made it possible to buy a new laptop computer. “We have over 50 cases in a four county area that we serve and I use my computer daily to stay in touch with all the volunteers and case workers to monitor the progress of each case. This new laptop will greatly improve our efficiency and keep us going.”
The Foundation received numerous applications this year and the scope and quality of the projects made choosing just three winners a very difficult task. The challenging economic conditions faced by so many rural areas inspired the grant committee to give awards this year that focused on education advancements for rural youth, technology upgrades that benefit the community at large, as well as job creation and retention in rural communities. The winners of these grants clearly demonstrated both the need for their program and the measurable impact it will have on individuals in their community.
Susan Wilson, a 3 Rivers employee and a CASA volunteer, explained, “FRS chose Front Range CASA because they advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children in rural Montana. When awarding this grant FRS stated that this group truly embodied their mission to enhance the quality of life in rural America and help rural communities grow and thrive. I’m glad that through 3 Rivers we were able to make this connection between our local CASA group and the national FRS organization.”
Sullivan went on to say, “We cover over 8,800 square miles of service area which makes constant communication difficult. Updated computer equipment and programming was essential to ensure the on-going well-being and safety of the children, as well as ensure volunteers received consistent direction and updated training materials. We appreciate 3 Rivers supporting us.”