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CASA Endowment Fund
Corkey Nordstrom gave generously to the CASA Endowment Fund because she cares deeply about helping children who have been abused or neglected and she knows that children cannot always speak for themselves. She understood that her initial gift of $10,000 will help Humboldt County’s foster children every year, long after she cannot continue to help them herself. Corkey made her planned gift in memory of her mother, to honor her and continue the tradition of helping others that her mother, Jessie, taught her and her family. To this day, Corkey and her children make annual donations to the Jessie Hansen Endowment Fund, watching the principal balance grow and knowing they are helping to build a solid foundation upon which CASA of Humboldt will stand for decades to come.
CASA Endowment Fund in Memory of Jessie Hansen
Corinne "Corkey" Nordstrom established this fund to honor her mother, Jessie, "A courageous woman" born in 1891 who experienced the San Francisco earthquake and fire in 1906. Jessie graduated from San Francisco State Normal School and accepted a teaching position at a one-room school in Siskiyou County. While there, she lost her eye in a horse and buggy accident. Jessie never complained about her loss and never considered herself handicapped. She went on to teach the first special education classes in Berkeley before marrying Walter Nelson Hansen in 1921.
The Hansens moved to Willow Creek during the 1940's and operated the Hansen Lumber Company until it was destroyed in the 1964 flood. Throughout her life, Jessie was involved with her family, her garden and her volunteer activities; the PTA, the Red Cross, and later, the Eureka Women's Club. The purpose of the fund is to support the work of CASA in Humboldt County.