Many states employ volunteers to a program called CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates. CASA personnel attend court cases where the placement of children is involved and serve as a third party helping the court to make a decision in the best interest of the child they represent. CASA workers also conduct interviews with children who have been part of a traumatic experience in an interview fashion catered to youth. An interview with one CASA worker also keeps the children from having to interview with police, doctors, and other persons, having to relive the event over and over.
The work that CASA representatives do is vital to the safety and wellbeing of children going through very grown-up situations, and Nutrien in Lima, Ohio donated funds at the end of 2018 that have helped make the CASA Building Campaign possible.
“This means that as we have volunteers come here for training and for preparation for casework, they’re coming to a place that is welcoming. They come to a place that has the facilities to be able to utilize them the best,” Director of CASA Tim Thurston said.
Work on the CASA building began this Spring with the onset of warmer weather, and the donation from Nutrien is what pushed the Building Campaign to a point of launch. Children and families in the Lima community can now be better served at the CASA facility.
“We feel really strong to support the communities where we live and work,” Nutrien’s General Manager, Todd Sutton, said. “This was just a great organization that aligned well with our values. It’s all about the kids.”
In addition to their work with CASA in Lima, the Nutrien facility there has also been a part of introducing educational fun to the Lima City Schools by donating money for science and math education activities, donating to Ohio State University’s student life building, and donating to the refurbishment of a treasured Allen County Museum exhibit – Noah’s Ark.
The Nutrien location in Lima, Ohio chose to donate to the CASA facility, the school system and university, and the museum because of the impact these facilities and their workers have on the children and young adults in the Lima community. It all circles back around to the children and to the fact that today’s youth is to be tomorrow’s leaders. By caring for the children of today, Nutrien of Lima is looking out for the future.