A GRANT from the CommBank Staff Foundation will be a welcome boost for CASPA, a leading agency in foster care, guardianship and adoption on the Mid North Coast and Northern NSW.
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The organisation was nominated by a local CommBank employee and then invited to apply for a $10,000 grant to assist them in continuing their work.
Anthony Drew, CommBank Regional and Agribusiness Banking Relationship Executive, nominated CASPA.
“I was very happy to nominate CASPA for one of our Community Grants as I thought the work CASPA do with young people and families, many of whom have been affected by trauma, from around our region fit very well with the goals of what the Community Grants are trying to achieve,“ he said.
Naarah Rodwell, CEO CASPA Services Ltd told News of The Area, “We are incredibly grateful for the support and generosity of the local team at CommBank.
“At CASPA we pride ourselves on being innovative, creative, and flexible.
“Donations allow us to make a real difference in the lives of children and families by ensuring that we have the greatest possible impact on vulnerable children and families.”
CASPA receives requests for homes for 20 children and young people per month.
This equates to 240 requests a year.
In New South Wales there are approximately 18,000 children in foster care currently.
“CASPA is committed to developing innovative and creative programs that will empower families and young people to heal from trauma and achieve their potential.
We want to be a leader in evidence-based therapeutic programs that work to improve life outcomes for those we support,” Ms Rodwell said.
The CommBank Staff Foundation, CommBank’s staff charity, was formed in 1917 to send care packages to Australians fighting in the First World War.
Ever since, it has enabled its employees to join together to give generously to the community, particularly in times of hardship.
Almost 12,000 CommBank employees make regular fortnightly contributions to the program to support the wellbeing of Australian youth.
Every donation made by CBA staff through regular payroll giving is matched dollar-for-dollar by the Commonwealth Bank Group, meaning contributions go twice as far.
Each year, CommBank Staff Foundation runs its Community Grants program supporting the wellbeing of Australian communities.
Since the program began in 2007, the Foundation has awarded over $25m to organisations focused on the health and wellbeing of children, mental health services, disability support and addressing domestic violence.
By Sandra MOON