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CASA Programs

Holiday Giving Trees

Every Christmas, the Rotary Club of Edmonds manages four gift-giving trees to support the Snohomish County CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates for Children) and the Volunteer Guardian ad Litem program. This long-standing Rotary project allows CASA advocates the ability to provide gifts for infants, children, or teens who are victims of alleged sexual abuse, physical abuse, or neglect.

Mittens are created with the child’s name, age, and gift requests which are then placed on four trees at Harbor Square Athletic Club, Gallaghers’ Where-U-Brew, Axis Pharmacy of Mountlake Terrace, and Crucible Brewery of Everett. In 2021, the Rotary Club of Edmonds fulfilled 290 requests.

The generosity of everyone’s contributions was overwhelming to those that work this program; we cannot express how much joy and love filled our hearts while we processed these gifts. Those 290 kids had glee on their faces and warmth in their hearts on Christmas Day.

CASA-Rotary Literacy Project 

In 2021, because of excess cash received from donors that had not been spent from the Christmas Giving Trees program, Rotary Chair Diane Buckshnis, CASA Division Manager Joelle Kelly and Program Supervisor Lindsay Cortes came up with two pilot projects: 1) providing $100 gift cards for new children or teens entering the system, and 2) creating a CASA library of diverse books geared at helping the child acclimate into the foster system. The books would be utilized by the volunteers and then the book would be left with the child or teen. After testing both projects at a $2,500 limit, it was determined that the literacy project was the most meaningful as Rotary and CASA also gained a valuable partnership with Edmonds Book Store. Additionally, the book would remain at the foster home.

Sharing books and literature has always been a part of the CASA volunteers’ method of helping the foster child acclimate to the foster home, but up until now the supply of books was limited which meant that the volunteer could not leave the books behind. When the list of books was obtained, Diane Buckshnis approached former Edmonds Bookshop owners Mary Kay Sneeringer and David Brewster about arranging for them to manage the book list and purchase. Both Sneeringer and Brewster were excited about the project and its mission and were able to contribute by providing a 20 percent discount on all the books purchased for CASA. Approximately 200 books were purchased and those 70+ CASA volunteers now have books to leave behind after their visits. A new list is being created to purchase books in 2022.

In honor of Black History Month, the Edmonds Rotary and the Edmonds Bookshop once again joined hands with the Snohomish County CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocate) program to provide 175 Black history-themed books for direct distribution to at-risk youths served by CASA.  Thank you to Michelle Bear, Edmonds Bookshop owner for your support.

CASA Books Program CASA staff officially accept the book donation in front of the Edmonds Bookshop. From left: CASA Division Manager Joelle Kelly, Diane Buckshnis, Michelle Bear, Mary Kay Sneeringer, David Brewster, CASA Program Supervisor Lindsay Cortes, and CASA volunteer case worker Hannah Patterson.

Bridge to Success – The Gambia Project

Four members of Rotary Club of Edmonds traveled to The Gambia in February 2019 and conducted a needs assessment in nine Senior Secondary Schools. From that, the Bridge to Success project was born, which will bring science education to provincial students in The Gambia. In rural Gambia, science education enrollment is significantly low and not offered in many high schools. The primary reason for this unfortunate setback is the lack of Science Labs, though it is a requirement for high schools to offer Biology, Chemistry and Physics classes. With the absence of pure science subjects in these schools, it is likely that rural high school students are also not introduced to advance mathematics such as calculus and statistics which denies them the opportunity to pursue higher education in science and technology. MRC Holland Foundation, Edmonds Rotary Club and Brusubi Rotary Club are bridging this gap by building a standard science lab at Kaur Senior Secondary School (with a new construction three classroom block) and refurbish and convert three existing classrooms in Niani Senior Secondary school into a functional science lab.

CASA Books Program CASA staff officially accept the book donation in front of the Edmonds Bookshop. From left: CASA Division Manager Joelle Kelly, Diane Buckshnis, Michelle Bear, Mary Kay Sneeringer, David Brewster, CASA Program Supervisor Lindsay Cortes, and CASA volunteer case worker Hannah Patterson.
Partners in Gambia are the MRC Holland Foundation, The Gambia Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education and The Rotary Club of Brusubi-Serakunda. Rotary Partners include Edmonds Daybreakers, Rotary Clubs of Shoreline, Renton, Alderwood Terrace, Lake Forest Park, Ballard, Auburn, Lynnwood, Emerald City and Kent, Bellevue Breakfast and Lake Union Neighborhood. Private partners include Vicki Giles Fabre, Rick and Charlotte Canning, Sally Hyde, Karen Wiggins, Larry Fuell, Jean Swenson, John Magnuson, Liwanta Lwanga, and Earthbound Expeditions. We thank you all for your generous support.
CASA Books Program CASA staff officially accept the book donation in front of the Edmonds Bookshop. From left: CASA Division Manager Joelle Kelly, Diane Buckshnis, Michelle Bear, Mary Kay Sneeringer, David Brewster, CASA Program Supervisor Lindsay Cortes, and CASA volunteer case worker Hannah Patterson.
The two schools are in the Central River Region, an area which has received some government attention over the past 20 years with the establishment of senior secondary schools. Prior to 1994 there was only one Senior Secondary School in rural Gambia. Since 1994 however, the government has made efforts to increase the number of such schools e.g. Kaur Senior Secondary was established in 1995. Despite these efforts, facilities such as science labs and teaching personnel are needed. The project is also designed to train teachers and provide valuable teaching materials for beneficiaries of several feeder schools around the villages of Wassu and Kaur. The villagers will provide land and unskilled labor for construction. Both senior secondary schools will also share the lab with other schools in the area (some over 40 kilometers away) thereby bringing much needed science education to over 500 students in the Central River Region.
CASA Books Program CASA staff officially accept the book donation in front of the Edmonds Bookshop. From left: CASA Division Manager Joelle Kelly, Diane Buckshnis, Michelle Bear, Mary Kay Sneeringer, David Brewster, CASA Program Supervisor Lindsay Cortes, and CASA volunteer case worker Hannah Patterson.
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Edmonds Weekly Club Meeting
Speaker: Edmonds Rotary Fireside
May 24th 2022 at 6:30 pm
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Edmonds Weekly Club Meeting
Speaker: Happy 70th Anniversary to Edmonds Rotary
Topic: Club members will reflect on the 70 year history of the Edmonds Rotary. Will there be cake?
May 31st 2022 at 11:30 am
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Club Retreat
Speaker: 2022 Edmonds Rotary Club Retreat
June 4th 2022 at 10:00 am
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Edmonds Weekly Club Meeting
Speaker: Ty Reed, Recovery Career Services
Topic: Overcoming Challenging Backgrounds through Employment
June 7th 2022 at 11:30 am
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Alley Pop Up Sale
June 11th 2022 at 9:00 am
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Edmonds Weekly Club Meeting
Speaker: Dr. Amitabha Gupta, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center
June 14th 2022 at 11:30 am
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Edmonds Arts Festival Grotto
June 17th - June 19th 2022 at 10:00 am
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