$10,000 Grant from Rite Aid Foundation

December 3 2021, New Brunswick, NJ – The Rite Aid Foundation has generously awarded Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of New Jersey a $10,000 grant as part of its 2021 Giving Tuesday grant award.

CASA of New Jersey Executive Director, Angie Waters, said, “We are honored to be a Rite Aid Foundation Grant recipient. This funding allows us to further support local CASA programs providing best-interest advocacy services to children from communities throughout New Jersey. With the Rite Aid Foundation’s support, we can continue providing thousands of children with a well-trained CASA volunteer during the time they are placed in foster care or another out-of-home placement. CASA volunteers protect the rights and ensure the safety and well-being of foster children from their communities. They dedicate time each month to advocate for a child until the child reaches a safe, permanent home. There are fourteen CASA programs serving children from every county in the state.”

In the fiscal year 2021, 1,907 CASA volunteers from New Jersey dedicated 75,000+ hours to advocate for 3,321 foster children and youth. They made more than 20,000 recommendations to the court on behalf of these children to promote their healing, safety, and well-being.

CASA of New Jersey is one of nearly 500 partner charities across the country receiving a Giving Tuesday grant from The Rite Aid Foundation. The grants are funded through the KidCents customer fundraising program. Rite Aid customers enrolled in KidCents can round up their purchases in-store and online. The Rite Aid Foundation reinvests the customer contributions into local charities and missions to drive community change and to support disadvantaged and underserved communities. This year’s total foundation grant allocation was $4.8 million.

CASA of New Jersey shares The Rite Aid Foundation’s caring commitment to creating healthier and more equitable neighborhoods,” said Matthew DeCamara, executive director of The Rite Aid Foundation, a public charity established by Rite Aid in 2001. “All of our Giving Tuesday grant recipients address the profound realities of racial inequities and health disparities through their own ways and strategies –and have done it during an unprecedented public-health crisis that has significantly interrupted normal programming, fundraising events, and daily operations. We’re grateful to support their important work and uplift our neighborhoods together.”