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CASA volunteers receive big donation from El Capitan Hotel

Members of Merced County’s Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) received an incredible gift from El Capitan Hotel just in time for the holidays. As a part of their efforts to invest in and help out the community, the El Capitan Hotel and its sister entertainment venue, The Mainzer, in downtown Merced have donated $30,000 to…

Pinwheel garden to highlight Child Abuse Awareness Month

A pinwheel garden is getting ready to spring up at the Kids Discovery Station in Merced thanks to a collaboration with CASA of Merced County and the children’s museum. The pinwheel garden commemorates April as Child Abuse Awareness month and the agency is encouraging residents to sponsor a pinwheel in support of the cause. “The pinwheel is a…

Too many foster kids are in need of advocates

They are supposed to be friends, confidants and people who watch out for the best interests of children going through the juvenile court system. Fourteen new Court Appointed Special Advocates were sworn-in during solemn proceedings March 18 to join about a hundred others who represent children of all ages in court settings. But so many…