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Highlights & News
Kansas CASA Welcomes New Staff Member
Posted June 24, 2014 6:53 pm
Kansas CASA would like to welcome Samantha King to the CASA family. Samantha was hired in mid-June to fulfill the recently advertised position as Outreach Coordinator. Samantha’s duties will involve facilitating strategies to strengthen the capacity of the Association to effectively increase awareness and which support statewide volunteer recruitment efforts. Samantha recently graduated from Fort Hays State University with a Master degree in Instructional Technology, she also holds a Bachelor degree in Technology Leadership. In her free time Samantha enjoys spending time with her horses and dogs, along with hunting and fishing with her boyfriend Dillon. As a Green Bay, Wisconsin native she loves football season and of course the Green Bay Packers! Kansas CASA is excited to add Samantha to their team and look forward to what she has to offer.
Wichita CASA Director Honored
Posted May 29, 2014 11:04 am
The Wichita Business Journal has revealed the members of the 40 Under 40 class of 2014. The 40 Under 40 program began in 1998 to honor rising leaders in Wichita who excel in their professions and contribute to the community. Congratulations to Ashley Thorne, Executive Director, CASA of Sedgwick County for be selected as a member of this year's class.
Sunflower Foundation Supports Statewide Project
Posted May 6, 2014 2:22 pm
Kansas CASA has received word from the Topeka-based Sunflower Foundation: Health Care for Kansans that it has been awarded a grant by the organization. The grant to Kansas CASA, totaling $31,387, will be used for a statewide upgrade of CASA Manager, our volunteer and case management system. This project will provide updated software and training to the 23 CASA programs in Kansas. The Sunflower Foundation, created in 2000, is a philanthropic organization with the mission to serve as a catalyst for improving the health of Kansans, which it supports through a program of grants, awards and related activities. Kansas CASA is thankful to the Sunflower Foundation for their support of this project.
CASA Kids Studio Closes After 18 Years
Posted March 24, 2014 1:36 pm
Jenny O'Brien started the CASA Kids Studio 18 years ago to help CASA programs across the nation raise funds for their programs. Jenny created unique jewelry featuring child faces made of clay. Programs could order bracelets, necklaces, bookmarks and watches and sell them in their communities. Jenny announced this month that she will be winding down CASA Kids Studio in the next few months. However she plans to exhibit at the National CASA conference in June for one final hurrah. Kansas CASA would like to thank Jenny for her commitment to CASA programs and her support of child advocacy nationwide. Thank you Jenny!
Kansas Health Foundation Supports Local Programs
Posted March 3, 2014 6:26 pm
Through its spring 2014 cycle of Recognition Grants, the Kansas Health Foundation has provided approximately $1.2 million in grants to help organizations across the state accomplish 66 projects that intend to improve the health and wellness of Kansans. Recognition Grants expand KHF’s support to a broad range of health-related organizations throughout the state and are targeted toward organizations and agencies proposing meaningful and charitable projects that fit within the Foundation’s mission of improving the health of all Kansans. Using a competitive Kansas CASA is pleased to announce that the CASA programs in Wichita, El Dorado, Dodge City and Hays are all grant recipients. Funds will be used to recruit, train, and supervise volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children.

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