On Nov. 9, Farmer John recognized the Court Appointed Special Advocates in Sacramento for its impact in Northern California with a check for $25,000.
The endowment is part of Farmer John’s California Kindness Project, a grant program launched earlier this year to support California nonprofits that are making an impact in their local communities. CASA Sacramento was among the top selected charities to receive a donation in recognition of their tireless commitment to children in the foster care system.
With nearly 60,000 of California’s children in foster care and an overburdened social services system, the grant will help fund additional CASA volunteers – Court Appointed Special Advocates appointed by a judge to advocate for the best interests of a child. To show its support, Farmer John stopped by the CASA Sacramento Volunteer Appreciation event at the Clunie Community Center in McKinley Park to present the $25,000 check and say thank you for the organization’s work. Guests celebrated alongside CASA volunteers with delicious catered food and a raffle.
“We’re honored to celebrate alongside CASA and shine a light on the selfless work they have done and continue to do for the youth of Sacramento,” said Lauren Connelly, brand manager for Farmer John at Smithfield Foods.
“Through our California Kindness grant, we are honored to support the tireless volunteer advocates at CASA Sacramento in their mission to aid youth in foster care who have been waiting for a friend, mentor and voice in court.”
Launched in summer 2022, the California Kindness Project serves as an extension of Farmer John’s California Commitment Tour – an initiative to feed, celebrate and serve residents across the state. Farmer John invited charities and organizations in California to apply for one of the California Kindness grants that support organizations on their mission of improving the lives of local citizens.
After receiving more than 120 applications from charities and organizations in the Golden State, 10 organizations were carefully selected to receive grants ranging from $3,000-$25,000, providing a total of $100,000 in financial support.
“The CASA Sacramento family is thankful to have been selected as a grant recipient of the Farmer John California Kindness Project,” said Carol Noreen, executive director for CASA Sacramento.
“We want to extend a special ‘thank you’ to our dedicated volunteers for their endless support and advocacy for the young voices of Sacramento. Thanks to their hard work and compassion, we’re able to continue spreading kindness to our community and work towards providing children in our city with safe and permanent homes.”
For more information, visit CAKindnessProject.com.