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Pinellas domestic violence center CASA names Lariana Forsythe as interim CEO

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After an extensive, nationwide search, the St. Petersburg-based Community Action Stops Abuse (CASA) is naming Lariana Forsythe as its new interim CEO. Forsythe brings extensive nonprofit leadership experience most recently serving as the vice president/chief development officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix. During her 17 years with the Boys & Girls Clubs, Forsythe held a variety of roles within the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and Special Olympics. “We set out to find a person who could…

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CASA installs rooftop solar to save money

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CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse) has installed an array of solar panels on the roof of its new domestic violence center. The project was fully funded through a public-private partnership between the Pinellas County Community Development Block Grant Program, CASA and a private donor. Installation was completed by Solar Energy Management, a locally-owned firm selected through a competitive bidding process. In all, 407 solar panels have been installed to create a massive 130-kilowatt rooftop solar system. Most importantly, money spent on…

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CASA domestic violence center celebrates 1-year anniversary

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For nearly 40 years, domestic violence survivors in southern Pinellas County have relied on CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse) for safety planning, judicial advocacy, support groups and emergency housing allowing them to rebuild safer lives for themselves and their children. Unfortunately, the level of domestic violence in our community was such as to overwhelm its domestic violence shelter in recent years — a situation the organization found unacceptable. When special funding became available as seed money to build a larger…

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Creative Clay to join Give Day Tampa Bay fundraising event May 3

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Art-therapy group Creative Clay announced Monday it is joining in on the third annual Give Day Tampa Bay, a 24-hour fundraising event set for May 3 designed to boost philanthropy in the Tampa Bay area. “Give Day Tampa Bay is a wonderful opportunity for the community to support the work of the many nonprofits in the area. Our goal is to raise funds for our programs that serve people of all ages with developmental disabilities and increase our footprint to…

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CASA launches “Soup-er Bowl” food drive

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St. Pete’s main domestic violence advocacy group, Community Action Stops Abuse, is collecting food for its newly opened center. CASA opened a new 100-bed shelter last summer giving the group the ability to serve more than three times the number of victims previously possible. While the new shelter has allowed CASA to better integrate services and serve more families in need, it’s also created a need for more food. To answer the call business owners from across the Bay pulled…

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CASA names Shandra Riffey new permanent director

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Southern Pinellas County domestic violence center CASA announced Thursday that acting director Shandra Riffey will continue as the group’s new, permanent director. “On behalf of the Board of Directors, we are very excited to welcome Shandra as our new Executive Director,” said Nick McDevitt, president of CASA’s Board of Directors. “We are very much looking forward to working together with Shandra and her executive team to build our new foundation and push forward into the future. Riffey has been CASA’s…

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Linda Osmundson memorialized in grand celebration of life

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An entire community said goodbye to one of its toughest leaders Friday afternoon. Friends, family and members of the community gathered in a celebration of life for longtime CASA executive director Linda Osmundson at the Palladium Theater in downtown St. Pete. As those who knew Osmundson would expect, the celebration was just that. Lively music played as people filed into the theater by the dozen. By the time it was time to start, the theater was standing room only –…

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