|Catch the Bug Campaign
Posted October 1, 2014 1:27 pm
Catch the CASA Bug! Be a CASA volunteer today!
As a non-profit organization, Kansas CASA is always looking for ways to recruit volunteers and increase awareness in order to meet the CASA mission. Kansas CASA is a network of 23 community-based programs that recruit and train volunteers who advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children within the court system.
Funds raised through this site will be used to purchase a Volkswagen bug that will be wrapped with a graphic design featuring the CASA logo, information and pictures of kids. The CASA Bug will serve as a moving billboard that will travel throughout the state making appearances at parades, car shows, local CASA program events and visits and several statewide conferences and meetings. These appearances will be highlighted on our website, Facebook page and other media outlets. This project also gives onlookers the opportunity to join in by submitting their picture with the “CASA Bug” for a chance to win a prize. Not only will this project increase the visibility of CASA throughout the state in a fun and creative way, it will assist with volunteer recruitment.
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|Volunteer of the Month September
Posted October 1, 2014 12:51 pm
Congratulations on being chosen as Kansas CASA Volunteer of the Month for Judicial District 7!
Susie Nightingale, from Lawrence, KS has been with CASA for six years.
I was an educator for forty years and a school librarian for over twenty-five years and when I retired in 2008, I missed being around young people and wanted to continue working with children and young adults. I was open to new experiences and wanted to learn more about abused and neglected children. As a school librarian, I had provided sanctuary to many struggling students and had listened to their life stories. They needed someone to be in their corner and to validate their experiences. I knew that there was a tremendous need to provide support to children in need of care. Since becoming a CASA, I have taken advantage of almost every in-service opportunity to learn as much as possible so that I can do the best job possible as a CASA volunteer.
What has been the most rewarding aspects of being involved with CASA? Seeing my first two CASA children adopted into loving forever families and thriving in their new homes. It was a long, hard road in both cases but well worth the effort. When I see their smiling faces and hear about their successes in school and at home, I about burst my buttons with pride.
Why should other people consider volunteering with CASA? Volunteering with CASA is a life-changing experience. It gives your life purpose and meaning. Making a difference in a child’s life is very fulfilling. Children in difficult circumstances are often emotionally challenged and need a consistent adult in their lives. With frequent changes in case managers and foster families, they need someone to stay the course with them and to be their advocate. They need to know that someone cares about them and will be by their side. CASAs are in the unique position of having access to many different sources of information about the children and have more time to devote to their children’s cases, providing much-needed support for the case managers.
The CASA support staff members are incredibly kind and helpful, so knowing that you will not be alone gives you the confidence to help the children and their families. I have done things visiting a parent in jail, working with a probation officer, and attending court hearings that I have never done before. I have had to leave my comfort zone and expand my horizons. I have grown as a person and have become much more compassionate and less judgmental as a result of my experiences as a CASA volunteer. I highly recommend becoming a CASA. It will change your life!
|Volunteer of the Month August
Posted October 1, 2014 12:44 pm
Congratulations on being chosen as Kansas CASA Volunteer of the Month for Judicial District 25 Garden City
As a CASA volunteer, working with my CASA child has been a heartwarming experience that has served to make me even more aware of the importance and need for all children in his situation to have a voice through the CASA advocacy.
Life can't give us joy and peace; it's up to us to will it. Life just gives us time and space; it's up to us to fill it.
|Kansas CASA Outreach
Posted October 1, 2014 12:36 pm
Kansas CASA will now provide a quarterly newsletter. Please feel free to share this link with family and friends.
Click Kansas CASA Outreach to access newsletter (Highlighted Above):
|Volunteer of the Year 2014
Posted October 1, 2014 12:27 pm
***Kansas CASA Volunteer of the Year 2014***
The Kansas CASA Association’s highest honor for volunteers is the Volunteer of the Year award. This award recognizes an outstanding CASA volunteer who has made a significant contribution in the lives of abused and neglected children.
Kansas CASA is pleased to announce that this year’s recipient of the 2014 Kansas CASA Volunteer of the Year award is Jill Kleinberg. Jill has been a CASA volunteer with Douglas County CASA in Lawrence since 2000.