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


Letter from the Executive Director


Dear CASA Volunteers,

It's hard to believe the holiday season is in full swing, and now we're just a few days out from Christmas. I hope each of you has enjoyed the spirit of the season so far and are looking forward to quality time with your loved ones.

December is moving right along here at the CASA office. In addition to our staff's annual Secret Santa fun, we're working hard to close the year out strong. This week, we swore in our final class of new advocates for 2021. In addition, holiday and year-end giving is in full swing and we are so appreciative of the people who will ensure a strong 2022 for CASA through their financial contributions.

If you're an advocate and have not yet made plans to check out Santa's Shop, please do so! The shop opened today and it's a great opportunity to ensure some holiday cheer for the kiddos on your cases. You can read more about the Santa's Shop schedule below.

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




Santa's Shop is open now!

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. Click here to see the hours!

Spotlight on Army Veteran and SEPT Volunteer Joseph Harrison

Joseph Harrison knows what it means to serve. After 20 years in the U.S. Army, he retired from active duty in 2004 but continued to serve through his work with Fort Carson’s Department of Behavioral Health, and as a volunteer in CASA's Supervised Exchange & Parenting Time program.


Upcoming Events

12/15-21: Santa's Shop
1/5: In-person Volunteer Information Hour
1/18: Placement Process for Children in Care
1/20: Engagement vs. Enmeshment
1/25: Virtual Volunteer Information Hour
2/28: Annual CASA-wide Volunteer Impact Event


19 new volunteers sworn in at final swearing-in ceremony of 2021

CASA was pleased to swear in 16 new advocates and three new SEPT facilitators at the El Paso County Courthouse this week. Thank you and congratulations to all of our new volunteers!


RSVP to the Annual CASA-wide Volunteer Impact Event

If you’re an Advocate, SEPT Facilitator, Life Long Links Volunteer, Hanger Volunteer, Milton Foster Children’s Fund Volunteer, or CFIT Volunteer — mark your calendar for February 28th!


Inclusion Corner: Being intentional in learning about EID

Sometimes it may feel like understanding equity, inclusion, and diversity (EID) is just downright confusing! It may easier to just avoid the subject unless absolutely necessary. CASA's new EID consultant, MelindaJoy Mingo, understands. That's why she has provided this article about the value of being intentional in learning about EID.


December volunteer anniversaries

Several advocates celebrate anniversaries this month, including six who have been with CASA for five years! Shannon French (pictured) celebrates her fifth anniversary with CASA in December!


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.



King Soopers "Community Awards" will benefit CASA while you shop!

If you tend to eat more in December, you're not alone, but while you're buying extra food - it may as well benefit CASA! Log in to your King Soopers account 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 |

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