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CASA Hits Milestone – 100 Volunteers

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), was launched in 2005 to provide support for a child going through the court system because of a parent’s or guardian’s abuse or neglect. Despite the doubts of many local officials, the program continues to respond to a child’s legal and social needs, with the support of volunteers. In November, CASA hit a milestone, celebrating more than 100 volunteer child advocates.

Attorney William Cisek, who serves as CYS solicitor and CASA instructor remarks: “Cinnamon Evans, CASA’s executive director, and Judge Lobaugh have transformed the dependency system and it is no longer so adversarial. That has been instrumental in having this be so successful. God has really blessed us with this program.”

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This article was published in the Venango Chamber’s December 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Cranberry Festival – Get Involved

September 21, 2019 – Morrison Park, Seneca

As preparations are underway for our upcoming Oil Heritage Festival, it is time to begin thinking about our next festival. Mark your calendars, Cranberry Festival will be held on September 21.

We encourage you to begin thinking about how you would like to support the festival, whether through sponsorship, advertisements, volunteerism, or attendance. Contact us to get involved!

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s June 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Venango Campus Student Organization Recognized

CU Serve Special Group Equity AwardCU Serve, a Clarion University student organization based at Venango Campus, won the Special Group Award at the University’s 24th Annual Equity Awards on November 14,  in recognition of their dedication and commitment to equity.

CU Serve (formerly SEED Club) has been an integral part of the student life heartbeat at Venango Campus since the 2000s. Their purpose is to connect and engage students through fellowship and service learning experiences that provide them with opportunities to grow their understanding of the world.

Annually, CU Serve participates in activities and events at Venango Campus and beyond, including campus programming, such as their NOLA Campus Fest and Cultural Arts event, service projects across the county, and an annual service trip.

CU Serve will host a dinner fundraiser on Wednesday, December 5, from 4-7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church’s Community Wing, 215 East Bissell Avenue in Oil City, PA, to support their spring break service trip to New Orleans.


This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s December 2018 edition of the VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Youth Connection Seeking Mentors

BYOUTH CONNECTIONig Brothers Big Sisters of the Oil Region has become Youth Connection. After serving the community as an affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA), the organization has decided to disaffiliate from the National Association. Assisting them in their new venture as Youth Connection, they have partnered with The Mentoring Partnership of Southwest PA who will provide support, training and technical assistance.

Youth Connection will continue to serve youth in Venango, Forest, Clarion and Eastern Crawford counties as a program of Family Service and Children’s Aid Society of Venango County and continues to be supported by The United Way of Venango County. Jessica Walters, program director, noted that there are many ways to become involved with Youth Connection, including volunteering as a mentor. As a mentor, you will have the opportunity to make a connection with a local youth and empower them to be successful in every aspect of their life.

Another way to get involved is to join the Advisory Committee, which is always in need of dedicated community volunteers, or by donating to Youth Connection, where your contribution stays in the community. For more information, contact Jessica Walters at 814-676-9940 extension 28 or by email at


This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s November 2018 edition of the VenangoWorks! Newsletter.