LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The amount raised from the 2018 CASA Cycling Challenge Fundraiser has set a new record, and this is the final week the organization will be collecting donations for the challenge. So far, more than $133,000 has been raised.
CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. These volunteers help more than 500 abused and neglected children in Tippecanoe County.
Some of the volunteers are spending money out of their own pocket to help these kids. That's why Patti O'Callaghan started the CASAs for Kids Fund. CASA spends $20,000 to $30,000 a year on children.
"I did not want anyone to think they could not be a CASA because they couldn't spend that money," said O'Callaghan. "I also knew that their were people who wanted to help, but could not do the hard job of being a CASA volunteer, but they could give money and they could raise money."
The fund helps provide things for kids in the system get things they would not get any other way. This includes extra curricular activities, tutoring, camps or even guitar lessons.
"Sometimes we can make a real difference in these children's lives," O'Callaghan said. "We like to say, to put the normal back in the child's life."
O'callaghan said these things can help the child's self esteem, psychological and educational development. Even though the cycling challenge is over, you can still donate to this good cause until Aug. 31.
CASA is still in need of more volunteers. Email Coleen Connor at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining the team.