E.R. Carpenter Foundation Provides $25,000 Grant for CASA of Bell and Coryell Counties

The Yuletide season at CASA got a lot brighter on Thursday, December 16th when the E.R. Carpenter Foundation presented a check to CASA of Bell and Coryell Counties for $25,000 in grant funding.

Thomas Stinson, Division Manager of the Temple Division, made the presentation to CASA Executive Director Kevin Kyle, and Lead Advocate Supervisor, Denise Hanley at the E.R. Carpenter manufacturing facility in Temple.    E.R. Carpenter is the world’s largest manufacturer of comfort cushioning products that include bedding, foam, cushions, carpeting, and other packaging products.   The Carpenter Foundation invests in local agencies and projects that have the opportunity to significantly impact needs in the community such as CASA provides by giving a voice to abused and neglected children that are placed in the foster care system.

Foundation funds provided to CASA will be used to significantly upgrade technology that is needed for CASA supervisors and staff members to serve the children in their care more effectively and efficiently.  It will also be utilized to improve training information and create more volunteer recruiting efforts in 2022.  A portion will also allow the Bell and Coryell Counties office to return to full strength by adding another volunteer supervisor which will allow CASA to serve more children in need.

“This funding is a game changer for CASA” stated Executive Director Kevin Kyle.  “We have been needing a shot in the arm like this for a few months and to get it as we head into 2022 is just a tremendous boost for our office that is already heading in the right direction added Kyle.  Our volunteer numbers are up, our percentage of children served is up, and now we can apply these funds to better support our supervisory staff and find new ways to recruit more volunteers and serve more children in our area.”

Stinson stated that “The Carpenter Foundation enjoys investing in local non-profits and I felt that the difference that CASA is able to make with area children is just huge.  There is no more noble cause than changing the life of a young child when they have been affected by circumstances beyond their control.  After doing a lot of homework on the positive impact CASA has in this community, it was an easy decision to become a partner and help further their efforts to serve more kids.”

CASA is actively seeking volunteer advocates to represent more children in the Bell and Coryell County areas.  If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about CASA, please call (254) 774-1881 or go online at www.casabellcoryell.org.   If your company would like to support CASA of Bell and Coryell Counties, please email casa@casabellcoryell.org or call the office number above.

CASA would like to thank Mr. Tommy Stinson and the E.R. Carpenter Foundation for their generous support of the efforts to provide every child with a voice.

Left to right: Kevin Kyle, CASA Executive Director, Tommy Stinson, Division Manager E.R. Carpenter of Temple and Denise Hanley, CASA Lead Supervisor