CASA of Central Virginia is a nonprofit organization that recruits everyday heroes like you to advocate for abused and neglected children in the greater Lynchburg area. Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers are trained and supported by our staff. They are from diverse backgrounds and vary in age. The common thread....their passion for making a lifelong difference for children.
The nation's first CASA program was developed in Seattle, Washington in 1977 by David Soukup. As a Judge, David Soukup realized that he needed help in determining what was in the best interest of the children whose cases he had before him in court. He came up the idea of training volunteers to be advocates for abused and neglected children. Since then more than 1,000 CASA programs have been established throughout the nation.
Judge Dale Harris helped to found a CASA program in Central Virginia in the summer of 1989 for the purpose of providing advocacy services to the abused and neglected children in Lynchburg and Amherst County. By 1991-1992 CASA volunteers were also in demand in Bedford County, Campbell County and Nelson County. CASA of Central Virginia was incorporated in January 1994 and received its status as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization in August 1994. Its service area includes the entire 24th Judicial District, a 2,258 square mile area that includes Lynchburg and the counties of Amherst, Bedford, Campbell and Nelson. Most recently (October 2017) we expanded into Appomattox County with the help of funding from the Department of Criminal Justice Services.
Since 1989, CASA of Central Virginia has helped more than 4,841 children with more than 643 volunteers. Many children can't run from abuse. We dare you to move, to get involved, to make an impact, and help change your community for the better. To find out more, visit our website or facebook page or call us at (434) 485-7260.