CASA Inc. Critical Needs

Published August 16, 2018

On February 21, 1977, a man was charged with the murder of his 25 year old wife.  Prior to her death, Imogene Knode begged for help publicly to end the nightmare she’d been living since her separation from her husband five month earlier.  She had written a letter to the editor of the Hagerstown paper and received help from the city police ten days after the letter was published.  This is the event that finally raised public awareness in Washington County of the critical need for temporary shelter in the area. With this in mind, CASA, Citizens Sheltering and Assisting the Abused, was formed on February 28, 1977. In that first year CASA served about 100 families. In the first few months of 2018, CASA received an average of 2000 calls to the hotline each month and provided an average of 1500 bed nights per month at the shelter.  There are still persons in our County who fear for their lives and who turn to CASA for help in their most critical moments as they seek assistance and support facing domestic violence.
Now CASA, Inc. is also facing a critical need and is asking the community for help.  Most of CASA’s funding comes from Federal, State, and local grants, but over time some grant requirements change and can affect the funding available for critical services such as the shelter.  And, like most non-profits, CASA has on-going expenses for staff, office supplies, and support services such as legal assistance for clients.  The board of CASA works hard each year with fundraising and awareness events but cannot always close the gap to help the staff of CASA continue to respond to the calls for help.
The good news is that there are some specific needs that the public can meet without a great effort.  Make CASA the designated charity for your “Amazon Smiles” account.  Each time you purchase from Amazon, CASA will receive a donation.  Go to to sign up.  Invite CASA to speak at your house of worship, your club or community meeting.  Remember CASA in your will or estate planning, or empty your change jar and send the total to CASA.  The following list of donations includes items that can fill a gap for the staff, and bring a smile to the face of the women and children in the shelter.   Items may be dropped off during business hours at the CASA office, 116 West Baltimore Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740.  Call ahead for assistance unloading:  301-739-8975.   

For children:  Baby wipes, Baby lotion, Baby bath, Diapers

Pharmacy supplies:  Tylenol, ibuprofen( adult & children), Pepto-Bismol, tissues large boxes

Personal supplies for shelter residents:  Body wash( liquid, not bar soap), Shaving cream, Slippers, Flip flops, Robes for adults and children, Umbrellas, combs, brushes.

Cleaning supplies:  409, Clorox wipes, Magic erasers, Glade air freshener, Paper towels, Toilet paper, Dish soap, Hand soap, Laundry detergent, dryer sheets

Office supplies:
8 ½” X 11” – Copy Paper – 20 lb. 92 bright,
11” X 14” – Legal Copy Paper – 20lb. 92 bright,
1/3 cut file folders – Gray, Blue, Pink, Yellow, and Manila,
1/3 cut Legal file folders – Manila, Blue ink pens,
Super Sharpie permanent markers – Black,  Sharpie permanent markers – Black,
Highlighters – Chisel-tip – Pink, Yellow, Blue, Orange,
File folder labels – Avery 5202,
2” Prong Fastener Sets,
Avery 5389 Postcards (for med cards, client attendance),
Avery 5160 (or equivalent) 1” X 2 5/8” Address labels,
Avery 5163 (or equivalent) 2” X 4” Mailing labels,
3” X 3” Sticky Notes (Staples or Post-Its),
White out,
Small and Medium Binder Clips,
½” – 1” 3-ring binders,
Red/Black – Twin Spool Calculator Ribbons,
2 ¼” Calculator Paper,
Standard Staples,
¾” Invisible Tape for dispensers.

Ink Cartridges:
HP – 410X – Black,
HP – 410-A Cyan/Yellow/Magenta,
HP – 05a,
HP – 26a,
HP – 78a,
HP – 83a,
HP – 85a,
Canon 128 (Fax machine)

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