January 2022: News, Updates, and Opportunities for CASA Volunteers


Letter from the Executive Director


Dear CASA Volunteers,

Happy New Year! I hope you all enjoyed the holiday season and a pleasant end to 2021.

Each January, I like to reflect on all that was accomplished over the past twelve months while renewing our focus on what we hope to accomplish in the coming year.

2021 was a year which proved CASA's strength. Despite the ever-changing pandemic obstacles and the fact that child abuse cases continue to be referred to us at a higher-than-normal rate, CASA of the Pikes Peak Region is stronger than ever. Financially, we are on solid ground which you will see in our 2020-2021 annual report being published later this month. We closed out the calendar year with a strong turnout to Santa's Shop. Our staff returned to the office full time in 2021, volunteers returned to advocating in-person at the courthouse in 2021, SEPT visits returned to in-person, and we successfully hosted two in-person Light of Hope events.

Now that we have rounded the corner into 2022, we are cautiously optimistic that our flagship Light of Hope event this April will be held in-person. We have however decided to move the Annual CASA-wide Volunteer Impact Event slated for next month to a virtual format. You can read more about that below. A major focus over the coming months will be to recruit as many volunteers as we can, and we plan to meet this challenge head-on by increasing the number of advocate training classes held in 2022.

The next Volunteer Information Session will be held over Zoom on Jan. 25, so please pass that along to anyone you know who would make a great CASA volunteer!

I also wanted to let you know that part of our membership with the National CASA Network is compliance with the National CASA Standards for Local Programs, which was revised last year. In the coming months, you will see some updates to policies and procedures as we work to maintain and/or gain alignment with these revised standards.  In addition, some grant requirements have changed resulting in necessary updates to our background check process.  New volunteers will be required to complete additional background checks, which current volunteers will complete when it is time for their background checks to be renewed. With all of these updates and new requirements, we have been working hard to create a streamlined process to ensure we are in compliance. All changes that will impact you as a volunteer will be communicated in a clear and timely manner.  We thank you in advance for your help in adjusting to these updates as this allows us all to continue to focus on our very important work in this community.

As always, please reach out to me any time at angelar@casappr.org with questions, concerns, or comments.




iInspire Awards recognize youth

The iInspire Awards recognize youth (age 12-21) in El Paso and Teller Counties who have overcome adversity and inspired others. 2022 honorees receive a monetary gift; opportunity to shadow a local leader; framed proclamation signed by the El Paso County Board of County Commissioners; and recognition during the April 12th BOCC meeting.

Spotlight on MFCF Volunteer Shannon Majors

Shannon Majors has a pretty good understanding of the challenges and obstacles faced by kids living in foster care because she used to be one of those kids. Her personal experience is why she chooses to volunteer for Milton Foster Children's Fund.


Upcoming Events

1/18: Placement Process for Children in Care
1/20: Engagement vs. Enmeshment
1/25: Virtual Volunteer Information Hour
2/15: In-person Volunteer Information Hour
2/15: Judicial Professional Panel
2/28: Virtual CASA-wide Volunteer Impact Event
4/6: Light of Hope Breakfast
4/6: Light of Hope Lunch


RSVP to the Annual Volunteer Impact Event - NOW VIRTUAL

This event has been changed from in-person to virtual. If you’re an Advocate, SEPT Facilitator, Life Long Links Volunteer, Hanger Volunteer, Milton Foster Children’s Fund Volunteer, or CFIT Volunteer -- we hope you'll join us over Zoom on Feb. 28.


Inclusion Corner: You're invited to sign up for Diversity University!

CASA volunteers are invited to join Senior Judge Regina Walter, Dr. Regina Lewis, and others for Diversity University. Two sessions are available  (Jan. 27-28 OR Feb. 17-18) and training will be daily over zoom from 8:30 – 4:30 with a 30 minute lunch break. The purpose is to improve the ability of professionals to respond to the needs of a culturally diverse population and improve outcomes for youth. Over the course of two days, participants will address implicit and explicit bias, privilege, microaggressions, poverty, power, racism, abelism, homophobia, and other topics.


283 holiday gifts provided by CASA

CASA closed out 2021 by lifting up the holiday spirits of 283 children through our Santa's Shop and Hanger gift card giveaway. 171 CASA children and 22 SEPT children received gifts from Santa's Shop while an additional 90 teens received gift cards from The Hanger. Thanks to everyone who either donated, volunteered, or shopped for their kiddos!

January volunteer anniversaries

Several advocates and Milton Foster Children's Fund volunteers are celebrating anniversaries in January - including Ann Chellman who has been with MFCF for five years this month!


Free admission to Skate City

CASA has certificates for free Skate City admissions and rentals for kids 18 and under during regular 2 hour public sessions at any of the six Colorado locations (2 in Colo. Springs & 4 in Denver). Check their website for skate schedules and pick up your passes during business hours at the CASA office.

CASA of the Pikes Peak Region
418 S. Weber Street,  | Colorado Springs, Colorado  80903
719-447-9898 | kerik@casappr.org

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