Meet our Member Spotlight for July: Carol Palcic, Development Director for CASA of Westmoreland.
CASA of Westmoreland (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is a volunteer-based organization providing a voice in the courts on behalf of abused and neglected children in Westmoreland County. CASA assists the courts to ensure the child’s placement in a safe, permanent and nurturing home. As Development Director, Carol’s responsibilities include fundraising, donor cultivation and event planning, as well as fostering community involvement throughout Westmoreland County.
CASA was initiated by a group of community members, led by Family Court Judge Christopher Feliciani, who recognized the need for a CASA program to advocate for the most vulnerable members of Westmoreland County’s community. With support from the Westmoreland County Commissioners and many community members, CASA of Westmoreland was incorporated in 2006 and recognized as a 501 (c) 3 organization, and opened its doors to start advocating for children in 2007. Each year CASA serves between 185 and 200 children through 75 advocate volunteers, but so many more are needed. CASA empowers everyday citizens to become officers of the court.
What does Carol enjoy most about being involved with the Chamber? She explains, “Being involved with the Westmoreland County Chamber has afforded me the opportunity to meet some really wonderful individuals. The Chamber provides networking opportunities that have led to valuable community relationships/partnerships through programs and events to further promote the CASA mission. The Westmoreland County Chamber provides the resources in order to expand on CASA’s valuable community resource.”
When she’s not working, Carol enjoys traveling with her family and exploring places she has never been. She also enjoys reading, cooking, entertaining, and spending time with family and friends. She also serves as Mayor of Southwest Greensburg.
Find out more at www.westmorelandCASA.org.