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Local Nonprofit Moves to New Office with Help from a Gentle Giant

Riverdale has a new neighbor; Court Appointed Special Advocate has moved to new offices in the area. An April open house is planned.

The Court Appointed Special Advocate office for Prince George’s County has moved to a new office in Riverdale. File|Patch
The Court Appointed Special Advocate office for Prince George’s County has moved to a new office in Riverdale. File|Patch

From a news release:

A local moving company stepped in to help the county’s advocate for children move to new offices in Riverdale, waiving its fee for the nonprofit.

The Court Appointed Special Advocate office for Prince George’s County has grown since it first moved into its University Town Center office in Hyattsville 12 years ago. After growing from an office of one executive director handling a handful of cases to a staff of nine serving over 140 abused and neglect children and in anticipation of further growth, CASA realized it was time to move.

With County Executive Rushern Baker’s Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative in mind, CASA took the opportunity to move closer to its service area by leasing an office in Riverdale, a TNI neighborhood. By moving into Riverdale, CASA hopes to contribute to community revitalization efforts, serve as a positive presence and bring their headquarters closer to the children, youth and families they serve. 

CASA’s big move was all but cancelled when it was discovered just two days prior to the scheduled move that the movers lacked the type of insurance required by their new building, according to a news release. Staff members were in a panic and didn't know what they would do. That's when an everyday hero stepped in.

Gentle Giant Moving Company not only agreed to move CASA as scheduled, two days later, but offered to move the offices at no charge.

CASA was not only able to move into the new space on time, but was able to significantly reduce the cost of the move, allowing them to keep funds focused on the kids.

Gentle Giant Moving Company gives back to the communities it works in through its Charitable Foundation. It is also a green moving company that works to reduce its impact on the environment by reusing and recycling boxes, using oxo-biodegradable bubble wrap and using products from sustainable companies.

The momentum is building in Prince George’s County for public-private partnerships like the one between CASA and Gentle Giant Moving Company. CASA continues to seek partners that can help its mission of providing a voice to abused and neglected children by providing opportunities to talk to employees about volunteer opportunities, sponsoring their World of Wheels for CASA family festival or providing in-kind donations like this to offset operating expenses.

CASA will host an open house in its new office in April. If you are interested in attending and learning more about this organization, contact Penny Gerber at 301-209-0491 or via email at pgerber@pgcasa.org.

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