From CBS19 News – Piedmont CASA, AHIP awarded WUP grants


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) —¬†Women United in Philanthropy has recognizing local organizations who serve women and children in the community.

The organization chose two nonprofits to receive $50,000 in grants.

The Albemarle Housing Improvement Program and Piedmont CASA will receive $25,000 each.

Piedmont CASA provides trained volunteers to advocate for the best interest of children who have been abused and neglected.

The organization’s president, Alicia Lenahan, says the money will go toward the bridges to success for older youth in foster care program.

“We recognize that our older kids, so ages 13 and up, were not thriving in foster care, and then if they turned 18 and left the system without any strong, natural support, their outcomes were really, really dismal,” she said.

Lenahan says their younger adults tend to live on their own, but are the most vulnerable.

She says the grant will help Piedmont CASA’s coaches better interact with their kids. Coaches provide guidance and support so kids can grow into healthy lifestyles.

Since 2005, Woman United in Philanthropy has awarded almost $650,000 to local organizations.