By: Follow South Jersey Staff
BRIDGETON, NJ – Fusion Church in Egg Harbor Township recently made a generous donation of three dozen backpacks and boxes of pencils, pens, highlighters, crayons, binders, notebooks, and various other supplies to Court Appointed Special Advocates of Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem Counties (CASA of CGS), an organization that provides children in foster care with a court appointed volunteers to advocate for their best interests.
Fusion Church’s donation will support CASA of CGS’s annual Back-to-School Drive to help prepare foster youth in their three counties as they transition back to school in the Fall. The collaboration of CASA of CGS and Fusion Church for the drive marked the beginning of a partnership between the two organizations.
“We are so thankful for the support from Fusion Church,” said Hillary Nichols, Director of Outreach at CASA of CGS. “It’s because of the continued generosity of our community and supporters like Fusion Church that we can do the work we do advocating for children in foster care and their families.”
With services offered in Egg Harbor Township, Somers Point, and a third location opening in Cumberland Christian School in September, Fusion Church is quickly growing their community and spreading their mission to “love like crazy” throughout South Jersey. They are dedicated to filling a need wherever they can as best as they can, from providing care bags to hundreds of local incarcerated people to supporting local hospitals and recovery centers.
“Giving back to the community is so important because not enough people feel loved,” said Heather Knoll, Outreach Director at Fusion Church. “I’ve always wanted to give back as much as I could. I love hearing people’s stories, and I love making people feel included because growing up I didn’t feel that way. I just want people to know how loved they are and how worthy they are.”
In order to reach as many community members as possible and spread the love far and wide throughout South Jersey, Fusion Church creates and distributes a monthly “Go Guide” for their parishioners. The guide is packed with local volunteer opportunities to encourage people to get involved and give back where they can. And now, CASA of CGS will be added to that list.
“We are always in need of donations to support our work, as well as more CASA volunteers to serve children and families in our community,” Nichols said. “There is no other volunteer experience like being a CASA volunteer, and I encourage anyone interested to find out more about the work we do and how you can become a part of it.”
For more information on becoming a CASA volunteer and other ways you can get involved, visit www.wespeakupforchildren.org and follow CASA of CGS on Facebook and Instagram. To learn more about Fusion Church and how to support the work they do throughout the community, visit their website at fusionchurch.cc, follow them on Facebook and Instagram, and reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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