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CASA NEWSLETTER
Fourth Quarter 2018
New Year, New Hope:
The Importance of Advocacy
spread the love 
FOR YOUR NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION
For more info, email joyce@casa17th.com or call 303-946-8873
Dear Friends of CASA,

At CASA of Adams and Broomfield Counties we are committed to our mission of helping to create a world where every child who has experienced abuse or neglect is given the opportunity to grow and thrive in a safe and  loving forever home. To that end, the CASA staff and volunteers, along with our Board of Directors, work extremely hard to provide the support and advocacy services that bolster our kids and provide our judges with the best possible information to make good decisions for their future well-being. Our ever-growing cadre of supporters includes community and business leaders along with ordinary folks who are touched by the plight of hurting children. You and they make it possible for us to do this important work and we are immensely grateful for the necessary volunteer, financial and moral support you supply. 

We provide support to over 240 volunteers who have been screened, trained and appointed by the court to serve more than 525 abused or neglected children in the 17th Judicial District. Studies have shown that the support and advocacy
 of CASA Volunteers reduces the lifetime social costs generated by these children and increases their lifetime earnings. This is a boon to the child, but also a measurable positive impact on our community, economic and business environment. The intervention of a loving and caring CASA Volunteer facilitating placement in a safe and nurturing forever home makes a world of difference. The transformation of an abused youngster into a happy  and productive citizen is an amazing thing to witness and makes our hearts sing!

We are able to do much good, but much more is needed. There are approximately 1,600 abused and neglected children in our community -  over 1,000 go without CASA services.

That's why we have made CASA'S New Year's Resolution to continue to reach out to potential sources of support and volunteers so that we can provide services to more children in need. You, who have been touched by the struggle of kids in the system and have provided much support in the past, can help us a little more by  spreading the love and sharing the CASA mission with at least 5 people who you think might be a great volunteer advocate.  You can also help by identifying to us others in the business community or your social network who might be willing to provide financial support.

CASA is engaged in the work of turning things around for children who have experienced the worst life has to offer at a tender age. It is difficult but meaningful work and we are honored to do it along side you each and every day. Helping these children is our shared passion and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support and commitment to providing a brighter future for children and our community.

CASA Volunteers are Just Like You! 


Pictured from left to right-  
Front Row: Jessica Holzwart, Olivia Albery, Sarah Kumaraperu
Back Row: Christine Polliard, Jamie Bunker, Tina Lyda, Jessica Trujillo, Gina Middleton, Daniel Weichman

9 new CASA Volunteers joined the CASA family last quarter at our November Swearing-In at the Adams County Courthouse, with Judicial Officer Judge Delgado. 

To find out how YOU can become a CASA Volunteer Advocate, contact Outreach and Recruitment Manager, Joyce Sanchez, at Joyce@CASA17th.com or 303.835.5543! 
Our Leaders Are On Fire!

Rockstar of the Rockies
The Metro North Chamber of Commerce recognized two of our CASA leaders at the Annual Rockstar of the Rockies, where emerging leaders were recognized for their service to our community. We were so proud to see both our Executive Director, Lindsay Lierman, as well as one of our newest board members, Nicole Milo, receive an additional award for their "above and beyond" commitment to improving Adams and Broomfield Counties! Our program is grateful for their dedication to children in our community!
Colorado CASA Conference 
We look forward to the Colorado CASA Conference every year, to both connect with our CASA peers and to learn about all that has been  happening in programs across our state. This year was even more memorable with our very own Board Chair, Bob Grant, chosen as Volunteer of the Year! We are so fortunate to have such a motivated and compassionate individual leading our program, and to see his commitment to CASA getting recognized throughout the state!
Closing 2018 In Style!

Light of Hope: Thank You

Our annual Light of Hope event took place in October at Stonebrook Manor. Nearly $100,000 was raised that will help us to provide advocates for more than 80 additional children. 

With 9News Anchor Kristen Aguirre as emcee, guests enjoyed a meal as they gained a deeper knowledge about CASA.  CASA Volunteer Jill Ross delivered a powerful story about her four-year journey supporting her CASA youth through many challenging and difficult situations. 

"I am continuously in awe of our CASA Volunteers and the impact they have on a child's life. Jill's story about accomplishments and struggles with her CASA youth reinforced the importance of this program." shared Lindsay Lierman, CASA Executive Director.
 
Thank you to all who attended and helped make this event possible! 
Cookies Count Success! 
This year's Cookies Campaign was the most successful yet. Nearly 8,500 cookies were sold and we raised over $23,000! THANK YOU to Bluepoint Bakery for donating these delicious cookies for the sixth year in a row!
Celebrating the Most Wonderful
 Time of the Year

Our CASA holiday party took place at The Denver Marriott at Westminster for the children we serve and other foster youth in our community. The turn out was incredible with almost 300 children in attendance, where they enjoyed crafts, cookie decorating, received gifts AND got a picture with Santa!

Thank you to our wonderful partner, A Precious Child, who donated over 1,000 gifts, and to our amazing staff and volunteers!
Great Ways to
 Invest in CASA
                               
In This Issue
Recruiting Now
Joyce Sanchez, Outreach & Recruitment Manager

Thank you to all of our Volunteers that make the CASA program a success! We are always looking for more people to make sure that every child in need has a caring CASA Volunteer. You can make a difference by being that person - say YES to CASA today and advocate for one of the 1,600 children right here in Adams and Broomfield Counties. 

For more information please contact
October Advocate
of the Month
Charlene Campbell

A grandmother of four, a wife, a retired teacher, and a member of a mentor group, Charlene is a perfect example of a person who has given her life to help enrich the lives of others. During her retirement party in 2011, a friend approached her, shared about the CASA organization, and mentioned what a great advocate she would make. Knowing that her time was not finished giving back to her community, Charlene joined the CASA family as a volunteer the following month.  "I have always loved working with kids and thought it would be a great avenue to continue working with them," she says.
 
Charlene just closed her fourth case in August, which involved two adolescent girls who had been neglected.. . READ MORE.
November Advocate
of the Month
Barbara Ziedman

Barbara is avid about being active in her community; she sings in choral groups and teaches local cooking classes.  She also loves to fly-fish and spends any extra time she has with her grandchildren. However, she says the work she has been doing for CASA the past eight years has been some of the most rewarding. She is on her ninth case, and her journey with her current CASA children is a textbook example of the important work CASA Volunteers do.. . READ MORE.
December  Advocate
of the Month
Erika Sell

While she was just sworn in this past August, Erika immediately showed her enthusiasm and dedication to her role as a Volunteer Advocate and took a case right away. Her case involves a little girl who was removed from her home because of the choices her mother was making that put her child in danger. Erika thought she could be a good advocate for this little girl, relating to her in a way that past female role models did for Erika.

Since taking the case, she has diligently visited this little girl twice a month, always bringing activities, arts and crafts, and more to do with her ... READ MORE.
Save the Date!
Please mark your calendars now to make sure you don't miss out on the fun! Stay tuned for more details on the following events.

CASA Celebration
Awards Dinner | 04.26.19

Roast & Recognition 
Event | 05.03.19

CASA Classic Golf 
Tournament   | 05.14.19

For more information, please contact us at 303.835.5531
 or  casa17th@casa17th.com.
CASA 101 Informational Session
 
  
Do you know someone who is looking to get involved with the community? They should become a CASA Volunteer Advocate!

For more information, click HERE, and mark your calendar for these upcoming events:

CASA 101 2.07.19

CASA Volunteer Training | 2.19.19

CASA 101 |  
3.07.19
Window Covering Safety Council Partnership



CASA has teamed up with the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to urge parents and caregivers to check their window coverings. Exposed or dangling cords can pose a strangulation hazard to infants and young children, and it's recommended to retrofit or replace them with today's safer products.

To learn more about window-cord safety, or to order free retrofit kits, go to the Window Covering Safety Council's website  HERE.
Colorado Child Abuse & Neglect Public Awareness Campaign
Help educate and encourage the public to report suspected child abuse and neglect through the  Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline:

1-844-CO-4-KIDS
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