CASA of the Flint Hills has received a $25,000 grant from the National CASA Association to begin a Peer Coordinator project. Fifty-three CASA programs in the United States received a grant.
A Peer Coordinator Model uses seasoned CASA volunteers to guide, coach and support advocates. The Peer Coordinator Model goal is to serve more children without having to significantly increase staff and budget.
“It is about working smarter, not harder and about increasing retention by building stronger relationships between all of the organization members: paid staff, unpaid staff and advocates,” said Mickey Edwards, CASA of the Flint Hills director.
The Peer Coordinator Project will assist SOS in increasing its capacity to serve more children while maintaining an accredited level of service to children and their volunteer advocates. The project will build a fluid system of coaching and support for advocates, strengthening connections to the program, expanding the shared knowledge base, building solid relationships between all paid and unpaid staff and working towards the goal of providing a CASA volunteer for every child in care.
“CASA staff and advocates are to be commended for their hard work and dedication,” said Connie Cahoone, SOS executive director. “There are so many children who can’t be served because we just don’t have the funding. So knowing we can soon serve more children is exciting!”