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


Letter from the Executive Director

Dear CASA Volunteers,

Happy fall! We have finally rounded that corner toward the end of the year and I hope you all are enjoying the cool weather and looking forward to the holiday season as much as I am.

CASA recently held its third annual Light of Hope Teller fundraising breakfast (in-person!) and I am pleased to report that we raised over $20,000 for the kids in Teller County! Next up is Light of Hope North which is a fundraising lunch in Black Forest. To learn more about that event or to RSVP, please click here

In addition to fundraising events, we've also been quite busy recruiting new volunteers. We had a very successful in-person Dudes & Brews last week, as well as a handful of other volunteer information sessions.

While the influx of children coming into CASA because of the pandemic reached its height last year and then declined somewhat, we still see more children each month than we did before COVID-19. Right now, about 30 kids per month are referred to CASA's Dependency & Neglect program whereas before COVID, that number was 20. Because we still have many children to advocate for, we are so grateful for your commitment to your role at CASA. We would welcome your friends or family to learn more, so please invite them to check out our website or RSVP to an upcoming information session.

We just started planning our next CASA-wide Volunteer Impact Event which will take place after the New Year. More information will be available on that in the coming months. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at angelar@casappr.org if you have questions or concerns.




Seven SEPT volunteers sworn in

Seven community members took the final step toward becoming a SEPT volunteer facilitator this month when they were sworn in by Judge Jill Brady over Zoom. Congratulations to our new SEPT volunteers!

Winter items available in the Kids Closet for CASA children!

The weather is getting cooler and it's time to think about winter gear for the children on your cases. We have new coats, boots, and other various winter items in the Kids Closet and Volunteer Room. Come during office hours to pick up items to keep your kiddos warm!

How Supercuts is helping to keep an eye on vulnerable kids

Teachers are mandatory reporters, neighbors often hear or see things that need to be reported, but here’s a group you may not associate with the reporting of child abuse: hair stylists. Find out how several local Supercuts watch out for kids and support CASA at the same time.


Upcoming Events

10/16: Family Art Day
10/21: fab'rik Shop With Heart
10/24: Teen Halloween Party
10/25: Virtual Volunteer Information Session
10/26: Minimum Sufficient Level of Care
10/27: Light of Hope North
10/28: All D&N Volunteer Gathering
11/9: Teen Woodworking Class
11/11: CASA office closed for Veterans Day
11/22-30: Santa's Shop (details coming soon)
12/12: Teen Holiday Party


October volunteers anniversaries

Happy CASA-versary to lots of volunteers this month, including Martha Grizzel and Ann Shikles who have both been with CASA for 13 years, and Joe Foreman and Mary Stark who have both been with CASA for nine years. Mary is pictured left with her CASA child Annie and Annie's mom Renae.


Inclusion Corner: Observing National Coming Out Day

Earlier this week, the LGBTQ community observed National Coming Out Day which commemorates the 1987 March on Washington for Gay and Lesbian Rights. It is observed annually and is a good reminder of the challenges faced by many youth on your cases. Learn about resources for LGBTQ youth at Inside Out Youth Services.


Event Committee Members Needed

CASA of the Pikes Peak Region is planning a new event in 2022! If you would like to volunteer on the Event Committee, please contact jillc@casappr.org. The first meeting will be held in November.


Did you know you can help CASA just by shopping at King Soopers?

Log in to your King Soopers account. Once you are logged in, look on the left side of the page and click on "Community Rewards." Search for "CASA of the Pikes Peak Region" and click the "Enroll" button. This will enroll your King Soopers account into the Community Rewards Program and you will earn money for CASA each time you use your loyalty card! 


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

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