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Horizon Bank Awards Grant to Volunteer Southwest Michigan

January 28, 2016 12:20 PM

Volunteer_SW_MI_fbHorizon Bank is pleased to announce the recent grant award to Volunteer Southwest Michigan in Benton Harbor, Michigan. The grant, in the amount of $5,000, was presented by Don Radde, Market President of Berrien County to Executive Director, Judi Burnison, on January 8th.

Grant funds will be used to recruit, screen and train specialized CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Volunteers to work with children in foster care in Berrien County.  CASA is a National Association with over 1000 programs throughout the United States. Berrien County's family court judges, prosecutors and Michigan DHHS managers are strongly in support of this new nonprofit initiative.  

“The need for CASA services in our area is large and growing. In the most recent reporting year, there were 733 confirmed cases of child abuse and neglect in Berrien County. As a result, 289 children were placed in foster care. Our rate of foster care placement exceeds the state average by 42%, ranking Berrien County 63rd of 78 reporting counties.” Burnison stated.

Burnison continued, “Not a single one of these local children is currently served by a CASA Volunteer. Funds will be used to recruit screen and train specialized CASA Volunteers to work with foster children in Berrien County.”

In addition to the social service providers and local family court system, the CASA program also directly benefits the teachers, coaches, health care providers and others involved in the lives of these children until a permanent, loving and safe home can be found.


About Volunteer Southwest Michigan
Their mission is to recruit, train and place volunteers and use their diverse talents to serve local communities. They also help other nonprofits succeed by building their capacity to use volunteers effectively. Learn more at

About Horizon

Horizon Bancorp is a locally owned, independent, commercial bank holding company serving Northern and Central Indiana and Southwest and Central Michigan through its commercial banking subsidiary Horizon Bank, NA. Horizon also offers mortgage-banking services throughout the Midwest. Horizon Bancorp may be reached online at Its common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol HBNC.

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Phone: (219) 874-9208
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