There is an easy way to donate to Grant-Harney County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), and it won’t cost you a dime.
Hannah Hinman, who started her job as CASA executive director in September, said AmazonSmile is a simple way to benefit local kids.
She said, while shopping local is encouraged, there are some items people will purchase online through Amazon, especially during this time of year.
“It’s a really low-impact way for the community to support the organization,” she said. “Even if it’s a small amount, it’s a way to get some of that money flowing back into the community.”
Amazon will donate 0.5 percent of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the local CASA, and there is no extra charge to the person shopping at Amazon.
Here’s how to sign up:
People with an Amazon account can connect with the local CASA’s AmazonSmile program by visiting grant-harneycasa.org; click on “DONATE”; then click on “Go to smile.amazon.com.”
That will take a person directly to the right spot. Hinman noted a person can also sign up through the Amazon page; however, there are other Grant County CASAs in the nation listed.
She grew up in Bend and most recently relocated from Denver, Colorado.
Although Hinman hadn’t worked with CASA before starting her job as executive director, she does hold a master’s of public administration with a concentration in nonprofit management.
She said she’s also worked with youths who’ve had a special advocate and has 10 years experience working directly with youths and families in high-risk situations and traumatic circumstances.
“The opportunity to combine a focus on my education experience with my experience working with families is what really drew me to this position,” she said.
Hinman said she was grateful to see when she arrived that the nonprofit already had a strong existence in the community with experienced advocates as well as long-standing donors and financial supporters in place.
People can volunteer with CASA as an advocate, and they also have a need for administrative volunteers.
“We are always looking for new advocates, and we’re looking to train new people after the holiday,” she said. “We hope for new training at the end of January and into early February, and to have a new set of advocates ready to be appointed to cases in mid-February.”
The Grant-Harney County CASA office is located at the Grant County Education Service District at 835 S. Canyon Blvd. in John Day.
To learn more, call Hinman at 541-575-1349.