The Curry County Chapter of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) has received a $5,000 grant from Umpqua Bank.

According to its website, CASA advocates work to ensure the best interests of a child are represented in the courtroom. CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children.

Umpqua Bank Supervisor Bonnie Jordan presented the check Thursday to CASA director Mona Chandler.

Chandler applied for the grant through Umpqua’s community giving fund.

Jordan said, “the grants are given quarterly and organizations can re-apply if they are rejected.”

According to Jordan, Umpqua has supported Curry County CASA in the past and has supported CASA in other locations.

Chandler said, “this money will help us recruit, train and support two volunteers through their cases.”

Trained advocates work through child welfare cases from beginning to the end, according to Chandler.

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