August 2020: News, Updates, and Opportunities for CASA Volunteers
Letter from the Executive Director
Dear CASA Volunteers,
Happy August! I'm not quite sure where the summer went (or the spring, for that matter), but here we are in Back-to-School season. The children on your cases will have a very different school experience this fall. I am so grateful for each and every one of you for providing the support these kiddos need as the pandemic continues to add to the stress and trauma they were already experiencing.
Something we have been talking a lot about at CASA is the importance of self care, especially during the pandemic. You know how important the work you do is, but that doesn't mean it's not hard. That doesn't mean it is not stressful. During times of stress, I encourage you to take time out and put yourself first. If you need ideas, check out this list of favorite self care practices that the CASA staff put together.
As we move further into the second half of the year, we are still hard at work recruiting new volunteers to stand by the constantly growing number of children entering the child welfare system. You may have heard we are seeing roughly twice as many kids that need a CASA right now compared to this time last year. Recruiting new advocates has never been so important. We swore in 11 new advocates and 1 new SEPT facilitator earlier this month and we have 17 people who just started our latest training class. But we still need more. Historically speaking, word of mouth as been the best form of advertising for us to recruit new people. I urge you, if you do not already do so, to please share with your friends and loved ones the work you do for CASA and the opportunity for them to do the same.
I hope you all are staying healthy and safe. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at email@example.com.
Twelve new volunteers join CASA!
CASA has sworn in 42 new advocates in virtual swearing-in ceremonies since social distancing measures began taking place in Colorado. Last month, 11 new advocates and 1 new SEPT facilitator completed the online training and officially joined the ranks of CASA volunteer.
News from Milton Foster Children's Fund and The Hanger
Please note all teen classes have been postponed for now, but teens are still invited to shop at The Hanger! We will return to Saturday shopping hours in September (closed Sept. 5 for Labor Day)! Also, please stop by and take a look at the bookshelves as we have received many book donations for elementary students! We also have volunteer photographers to do senior pictures for high school seniors. Contact Jill for photography info.
This August, twelve individuals are celebrating milestone years as volunteers for vulnerable children in CASA’s Dependency & Neglect, Supervised Exchange & Parenting Time, Milton Foster Children’s Fund, and Life Long Links programs — including four 10 year anniversaries!
Inclusion Corner: CASA seeking participants for Black Focus Group
In an effort to build a volunteer base that more closely reflects the demographics of the CASA children we serve, we held a Latino Focus Group last fall to learn best practices for recruiting Latino advocates. We learned about their thoughts surrounding the child welfare system, strategies to alter messaging, and suggested avenues to reach the audience. We have been using this information to improve our Latino recruitment efforts. We are now in the early stages of planning a Black Focus Group to improve our recruitment efforts for that demographic. Please Email Keri Kahn if you are interested or if you know someone who would be interested. Thank you so much!