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


Letter from the Executive Director


Dear Wonderful CASA Volunteers,

Happy November! In this season of gratitude, I want you to know how grateful I am for each and every one of you.

The past year-and-a-half have not been easy for any of us; yet you have continued to show up and stand up for the most vulnerable kids in our community. We are excited to share with you the impact you have had at our next Annual CASA-wide Volunteer Impact Event this coming February. (Read more about this event in the event calendar below.)

Something else to be grateful for is the overwhelming success of our Light of Hope North fundraising event, which brought in over $90,000 for CASA programs last month. This event was held almost immediately after our Light of Hope Teller event which raised more than $20,000.

Support for CASA is clearly quite strong in the Pikes Peak Region, also evidenced by our consistently full volunteer training classes. If you know someone who would like to be included in an upcoming training class, please make sure they know about our next Volunteer Information Session on Dec. 7.

I hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with loved ones.

Please reach out to me any time at with questions, concerns, or comments.




Advocates: Mark your calendars to shop at or volunteer in Santa's Shop

Santa’s Shop will be open Dec. 15-21 for CASAs to get items for the kid’s on their cases. The hours vary by day, so please see the schedule before dropping by. We are also looking for volunteers to staff the Santa's Shop. Click here to see hours and information about volunteering at the shop.

How Someday became Today for CASA Volunteer Steve South

Several years ago, while Steve South and his wife waited for their movie to start, an ad popped to recruit new CASA volunteers. Steve put CASA in the back of his mind as something he’d do one day... but one day came sooner than he thought.


Upcoming Events

12/7: Volunteer Information Session
12/12: Teen Holiday Party
12/14: Advocate Support Group
12/15-21: Santa's Shop
2/28: Annual CASA-wide Volunteer Impact Event


Inclusion Corner: Introducing MelindaJoy Mingo

CASA is pleased to announce a partnership with Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity (EID) Consultant MelindaJoy Mingo. With 15+ years of national and international experience coaching organizations in effective EID practices, Ms. Mingo brings a wealth of knowledge instrumental to CASA’s EID work.


November volunteer anniversaries

November is a great month to be sworn in as a CASA volunteer! Twenty-two advocates are celebrating anniversaries this month, including Georgeann Barnes and Rob McDonald (pictured) who have both been CASAs for eight years.


Diversity University in 2022!

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.


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.

Free books for all in CASA library

We had some books recently donated to our CASA library, and we are running out of space! We also have backpacks. Stop by (between 8 and 5, Monday-Friday) to grab a book or two for your CASA kiddos. There is something for all ages and interests. No need to make an appointment.



Shop Amazon Smile to help CASA this holiday season

Purchases made on Amazon can support CASA of the Pikes Peak Region. All you have to do us use AmazonSmiles. Go to and log in with your Amazon info. Under "Your Account," select "Change your Charity" and in the search bar  type "CASA of the Pikes Peak Region." Click select and you're done! When you shop in the future, just start from and your purchase will benefit kids in the Pikes Peak Region!


CASA of the Pikes Peak Region
418 S. Weber Street,  | Colorado Springs, Colorado  80903
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