CASA Up Close | August 2020
Welcome to another edition of CASA Up Close Monthly. Please feel free to contact CASA for more information about anything you read. And, as always, thank you for your continued support! Use these quick links to get involved.
In this Issue
  • Welcome New CASA Volunteers
  • Information Sessions - by Zoom!
  • Training Dates - by Zoom!
  • CASA Golf Classic
  • Help Make the Holidays Special
  • Training & Support Center Update
  • The Big Give
  • CASA Superhero Run
  • Review CASA
  • Shop for CASA
  • Events Benefiting CASA
Letter from the Executive Director
How can you support CASA? We have received a letter from our National partners asking for our help, and I am asking for yours.

Please take a few minutes to contact your Senators now and ask for their support of the VOCA Fix Act of 2020.

The Crime Victims Fund (CVF) was established by the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) of 1984 and is administered by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime. The Fund is financed by the collection of federal crime fines, forfeitures and special assessments rather than taxpayer dollars. The Fund helps an average of 3.7 million victims of all types of crime every year.

The Fund is used to fund crime victim assistance grants in every state, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories. States, in turn, provide sub grants to community-based organizations and public agencies that provide services directly to victims. Court Appointed Special Advocate and Guardian ad Litem (CASA/GAL) state organizations and local programs across the country benefit from over $56 million in VOCA dollars annually.

In recent years, deposits to the CVF have decreased dramatically which in turn has diminished VOCA funds made available to states; many of which are passed through to CASA/GAL organizations. The dollars deposited to the CVF have decreased due to less federal fines and fees that fund the CVF and VOCA.

While there are federal guidelines on the parameters for spending VOCA dollars, states exercise significant discretion in spending. A few states are passing through increased dollars to CASA/GAL organizations in their states but the vast majority will be passing less through.
The recent House-passed Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act includes the “Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Fix Act of 2020.” This provision of the HEROES Act includes two important provisions. They are:

  • In addition to the existing funds deposited to the Crime Victims’ Fund, funds collected from deferred prosecution agreements and non-prosecution agreements would also be deposited. This would increase receipts and funds available for VOCA State Assistance Grants.
  • Eliminates the match requirement for VOCA state assistance grants now and for one year after the COVID-19 emergency period expires.

Both of these provisions would greatly benefit the over 500 CASA and GAL state organizations and local programs receiving VOCA funding nationwide and ultimately the children we serve. Please take a few minutes to contact your Senators now and ask for their support of the VOCA Fix Act of 2020.

Thank you very much for your time and support of vulnerable children in need.
Norma Castilla-Blackwell
Executive Director
CASA of Central Texas
"Voices" Information Sessions Online
Meeting times:

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
9 a.m.
Host: Joyce

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
5 p.m.
Host: Nick

Tuesdays and Thursdays
10 a.m.
Host: Eloise

Saturdays
10 a.m.
Host: Rotating

Want to learn more about the
role of a CASA Volunteer?

Join our 30-minute information session and hear how our volunteers advocate for children who have been abused and neglected.

Just pick a time that works for you and use the links below to join us on Zoom!
If these times don't work for you, contact Eloise Hudson and she can do a 1-1 with you at your convenience!
Become a CASA Volunteer
Upcoming Training Sessions

Wednesdays
September 16 - October 14
5 - 8 p.m.

Saturdays*
September 19 - October 17
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
*Last Saturday training session of the year!
Trainings held online and via Zoom.

Application deadline prior to each cycle is two weeks before start of training.

One-hour pre-training interview to occur at least one week before start of each training cycle. Mandatory 10-hour online class to be completed during the training cycle.

For more information on training courses, contact Brandi Raschke at
512-392-3578, 830-626-2272, or by email.
CASA Golf Classic
Golf enthusiasts are uniting for CASA children at the 4th Annual Corridor Title - CASA Classic Golf Tournament on Monday, October 26, 2020. Team, individual, and sponsor registration is in full swing! In even more exciting news, we have introduced a vast range of underwriting opportunities this year. Learn more here!

Register here to play a round of golf at the illustrious Kissing Tree Golf Club and more importantly, participate in transforming the lives of children in state and foster care. Provide a voice of hope to a child today!

 
Player Opportunities
Team of 4- $800
 
Sponsorships: 
Ace - $10,000 (3 teams plus benefits)
19th Hole - $7,500 (2 teams plus benefits)
Front Nine – SOLD OUT
Back Nine - $5,000 (2 teams plus benefits)
Eagle - $2,500 (2 team plus benefits)
Birdie - $1,750 (1 team plus benefits)
 
Underwriting:
Dinner - $2,500 
Lunch - $2,500
Driving Range - $2,500
Media - $2,500
Printing - SOLD OUT
Golf Gift - $2,000
Golf Pro - $1,500
Helicopter Ball Drop - $1,000
Hole in One - $1,000
Golf Cart - $1,000
Golf Ball Launcher - $1,000
Beverage Cart - $1,000
Refreshments – SOLD OUT
Breakfast - $750
Entertainment - $750
Hole Underwriters - $500

2020 Sponsors
Front Nine
Eagle
Birdie
Refreshment Underwriter
Hole Underwriter
Make the Holidays Special

We are preparing now to make our Holiday Gift Drive 100% contact-free in October/November. We need your support to purchase new technology to do this.

Please contact us at info@casacentex.org if you are interested in being a lead underwriter of this year's project to share the holiday spirit with our children.
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Training and Support Center Update
With a mix of emotions, we said "good-bye" last month to our offices at the Hays County Historic Courthouse in San Marcos.
We have so much gratitude for current and past Hays County Judges, Commissioners and Staff for their gracious hospitality in providing office space for CASA of Central Texas for the last 5 years. We will miss everyone at the courthouse! We are still getting our new place ready and will post pictures once we are settled in.
Thank you to our project partners
It's Almost Time to Give Big

Do you have a minute for CASA? That's all - just one minute! Save the date and time to participate in the seventh annual Big Give on Thursday, September 10th, 2020 at 3:15pm to make a huge impact for the littles ones!

Every donation up to $100 made to CASA of Central Texas at exactly 3:15pm will be matched dollar for dollar!
Donations will be accepted all day on September 10th, starting at 12:00am and ending at 11:59pm. Show love to all of the children in foster and state care in a big way by helping provide them with the voice of a CASA volunteer. Your generosity will be revolutionary in the lives of children!
Calling All Superheroes!

Calling all superheroes! CASA of Central Texas is teaming up with Travis and Williamson County CASA programs for the 11th annual Superhero Run.

We’re excited to announce that the 2020 CASA Superhero Run will be going virtual with a full month of running and superhero-costumed challenges during “Super September!” This year, your superpowers are needed more than ever to help our community’s most vulnerable children.
Grab your cape and head to www.casasuperherorun.com to run, dress up, or fundraise to help children in foster care!
How You Can Be A Superhero for Kids:
- Join the online Creel Law Group Superhero Costume Contest to show off your best superhero skills and attire! Watch for one of our very own advocates from CASACenTex who will be serving as a contestant judge!
- Become a Super Fundraiser to help our community's most vulnerable children! Kids 12 and under can even join the Kids Council of Heroes for raising $250 or more!
- Join CASA of Travis County on Facebook Live every "Super Saturday" for fun activities sponsored by H-E-B to help our youngest heroes build up their superpowers! Thanks to Rogue Running and Dragon's Lair Comics and Fantasy Austin for already hosting amazing "Super Saturdays!"
Help CASA with Your Review

If you love our work then tell the world!
Stories from people like you will help us make an even bigger impact in our community. GreatNonprofits – the #1 source of nonprofit stories and feedback – is honoring highly regarded nonprofits with their 2020 Top-Rated List. Won’t you help us raise visibility for our work by posting a brief story of your experience with us? All content will be visible to potential donors and volunteers. It’s easy and only takes 3 minutes!
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Shop for CASA
Still doing most of your shopping online? AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support CASA of Central Texas every time you shop, at no cost to you.

When you shop at smile.amazon.com , you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization.
Just go to www.smile.amazon.com, log on to your existing Amazon account, type CASA of Central Texas in the search box, select us and start shopping! CASA will receive .5% of all eligible purchases when you buy from Amazon!

To date, CASA of Central Texas has received almost $650, from your shopping!
Events Benefiting CASA

CASA of Central Texas welcomes community initiatives to help promote awareness and funding for our program. By taking on this type of project, event organizers assume the responsibility of creating a successful event without a significant level of assistance from CASA. All special events and fundraising efforts conducted to benefit CASA are run by financially responsible and reputable organizations and individuals motivated by a genuine desire to help CASA. If you are interested in hosting a third-party fundraiser to benefit CASA, please review these guidelines.
CASA of Central Texas, Inc. | 830-626-2272 | info@casacentex.org | www.casacentex.org