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Wilson County CASA awarded jewelers' grant

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Wilson County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) was recently awarded a $30,000 grant from Jewelers for Children (JFC) to increase the number of volunteers who represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in court.

The award to Wilson County CASA is part of a $625,000 grant JFC made to the National CASA Association.

"Our board has always been focused on charities that primarily benefit children in need, and the National CASA Association is a perfect fit for our support," JFC Executive Director David Rocha. "CASA excels at helping the most vulnerable children during a very trying time in their young lives."

Since July 1, 2016, volunteers helped 168 children find safe, permanent homes. The local CASA program is always seeking new volunteers in its efforts to provide a voice to every abused and neglected child.

"Funding from Jewelers for Children will help us recruit and train an additional 23 volunteers to serve children who have been abused and neglected," Wilson County CASA Executive Director Cathey Sweeney said. "We are grateful that the jewelers and our local supporters are focused on helping our most vulnerable children."

JFC is the charitable arm of the jewelry industry, composed of jewelry retailers, manufacturers, watch companies and trade associations. They are the largest private supporter of the National CASA Association.

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