Many Hands Board and Job Readiness Committee members met to present a $58,500 check to Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)/Prince George’s County, our 2019 Tom Marmet Job Readiness Grantee. CASA partners with the juvenile court and seeks to improve the lives of abused and neglected children in foster care. They currently serve 35% of Prince George’s County’s foster children through a network of 150 volunteers, who often become the primary source of stability in that child’s life. CASA will use the Many Hands grant to help launch a new project, Job Readiness for Transitioning Youth, that will prepare foster youth aged 14-20 with job readiness skills and employment.

This year’s Many Hands Job Readiness grant is awarded in memory of Tom Marmet, son of Betsy Marmet, a Many Hands founder and former Board member. Tom committed to a life of service and worked as a Volunteer Employment Specialist, serving formerly homeless clients at a SOME (So Others Might Eat) transitional housing site.