January 2021: News, Updates, and Opportunities for CASA Volunteers


Letter from the Executive Director

Dear CASA Volunteers,

Happy New Year! I hope you are looking forward to a happy 2021. I know that 2020 was a difficult year for most of us. That being said, I think it is important to applaud ourselves for the successes we had over the past twelve months.

For me, the biggest success CASA saw in 2020 was tackling all pandemic-related challenges head-on to ensure vulnerable children still received the support they needed. This could not have been accomplished without all of you. So thank you for your dedication to the children you serve!

Another success we had was our excellent stewardship of donations with 87 cents of every dollar raised being put directly into programs. You'll be able to read more about this in our 2020 annual report which should be available by early next month.

A few reminders as we head into next year:

First, all active volunteers must complete the Mandatory Sexual Abuse Awareness Training by the end of this month if you have not done so already. If you cannot find the original email with the training link, please email Deb at debrac@casappr.org and she will resend it to you. It is important to not share links amongst each other because each of you has a unique link that allows us to track your participation.

Secondly, as El Paso and Teller counties move to different levels on the Colorado COVID-19 dial, we will update our COVID-19 webpage and send emails as necessary. We informed you of some changes last week. If you missed that email, you can see all updated information here.

Thank you all for all you do for our community's children! I look forward to seeing many of your faces at the second Annual CASA-wide Volunteer Impact Event over Zoom on Feb. 22.

As always, please email me at angelar@casappr.org with any comments or concerns.




Vote for CASA in the Gazette's
"Best of the Springs" awards!

CASA has been nominated for BEST NONPROFIT in the "City Life & Recreation" category of the Gazette's Best of the Springs awards. Voting is open until Feb. 14 so please take a moment to vote for CASA!


Advocate Spotlight: Sara Lee

Sara Lee was first sworn in as a Court Appointed Special Advocate in 2018. Coming up on her three-year anniversary, she reflects on how this work has enabled her to use her skills and life experiences to help children in crisis. "The connections made with CASA children are often life changing for the child and their support system,” she said.


Partner Spotlight: Supercuts

Who knew you could get more than a great haircut at Supercuts? Heather Heinbaugh uses her four Supercuts locations to help CASA, and patrons walk away not only with a fresh look but with the satisfaction knowing they supported a great cause!


The Hanger is Reopening!

The Hanger will open by appointment only starting this Friday, January 15th. Shopping appointments will be 30 minutes with 10 minutes in-between for sanitizing. Friday shopping appointments are limited to 5 people and Saturday's are limited to 4. Please only sign up once per month so we can get as many teens as possible in.


On-Call Number for Advocates & PCs to Use Outside Business Hours

Earlier this week, advocates and PCs should have received an email about an on-call number for CASA support outside of normal business hours. If you didn't see this email, please click the button below to read more about this new support tool.


Upcoming Events

1/21: Beyond the Birds and Bees: Becoming a Truly Trusted Adult
1/26: Minimum Sufficient Level of Care In-Service
2/9: Volunteer Information Session
2/22: Annual CASA-wide Volunteer Impact Event
3/11: Volunteer Information Session


Seven Closed Cases in December

Congratulations to advocates who closed cases in December: Paul Nicks, Claire Williams, David Sheldon, Jamie Fabos, Ruth Foster, Stephanie Parker, Elizabeth Hatch! If you are an advocate who has closed a case and you'd like to share the difference you made with others, please email Keri.


January 2021 Anniversaries

In January, we applaud six advocates who have all reached their three-year anniversary with CASA! Thank you and congratulations to Peter Bowlin,
Sue Bruchy, Dian Darr, Brianne Lundmark, Debra Romano, and Dean Snow.


Interested in Practicing Yoga with Other CASA Volunteers?

Being a CASA volunteer is hard work! Yoga can be a great self care tool to help reduce stress and restore calm. If you would be interested in online yoga classes with fellow CASA volunteers, please email D&N Case Supervisor, Jillian Wiker. Jillian is a yoga instructor who is gauging interest in a CASA of the Pikes Peak Region volunteer yoga class. 


Inclusion Corner: Getting Ready for Black History Month

Monday is the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and next month is Black History Month. By Kindergarten, most children have heard of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and have been taught that he was an advocate for peace and equality. There are many other notable Americans from history who you can share with children during Black History Month. If you are looking for some ideas or resources for conversation starters with the children on your cases during February, check out this webpage recommended by National CASA: https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/teaching-your-child-about-black-history-month


CASA of the Pikes Peak Region
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719-447-9898 | kerik@casappr.org

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