CASA Up Close | December 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
  • Holiday Wishes Filled
  • Information Sessions - by Zoom!
  • Adoption Day
  • Training Dates - by Zoom!
  • CASA Yard Signs
  • Child Abuse Prevention Training
  • Shop for CASA
  • Community Support
  • Events Benefiting CASA
Letter from the Executive Director
2020 is almost over and we would love to be considered in your end-of-year giving plans.
Here are two easy ways to support CASA!


It’s easy to support CASA with a gift from your IRA!

Did you know….
1)  If you are between 59-1/2 and 70-1/2, you can make a charitable gift from your IRA without penalty. Cash gifts made direct to CASA of Central Texas are eligible for a charitable income tax deduction and may offset the income tax triggered by the distribution.

2)   If you are 70-1/2 or older, you can transfer up to $100,000 directly from your IRA to a qualified charitable organization, like CASA of Central Texas! Although the CARES Act waived the required minimum distribution (RMD) requirement for 2020, you can still make a gift. A direct transfer generates neither taxable income nor a tax deduction, so you can benefit even if you do not itemize your tax deductions.

3)   You can designate CASA of Central Texas as the beneficiary of all or a percentage of your IRA and it will pass to us tax-free after your lifetime.

Next Steps
1.   Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
2.   Ask your IRA administrator about making a direct transfer - known as a qualified charitable deduction, or QCD - to CASA of Central Texas before December 31, 2020. (The donation must go directly from your account to CASA, without passing through your hands.)
Legal name: CASA of Central Texas, Inc.
Address:1619 E. Common, Suite 301, New Braunfels, TX 78130
Federal tax ID number: 74-2403373

A Gift of Stock Can also change a Child's Story!

Did you know...
1)  that a charitable gift of stock or mutual fund share is a great way to improve the lives of children in foster care?

2) you will receive a charitable deduction for the value of the donated shares and will not have to pay any capital gains tax on the increased value of the donated shares? Just follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Initiate Transfer
You may gift the securities by using the DTC (Depository Trust Company) number, or mail the paper certificates to Edward Jones in Step 3.  Either method is acceptable, but it is necessary to contact your broker to initiate the process.

Step 2: Notification of Donor Intent
In order for CASA of Central Texas to properly acknowledge a gift of stock, it is important that we are notified in advance by the donor or transferring broker of the following:
·        Donor’s name and complete address
·        Name and number of securities transferred
·        Date of transfer
·        Restriction on gift (if any)
  
Step 3: Stock Transfer Instructions (Select one delivery option.)
DTC Eligible Securities                                          Physical Certificates Paperwork
DTC# 0057 –                                                           Edward Jones
FBO: CASA of Central Texas, Inc.                     FBO: CASA of Central Texas, Inc.
Jones Account #704-19996                                  Jones Account #704-19996

Wiring Instructions:                                                 Regular Mail:           
Treasuries and GNMA Securities                        Edward Jones         
ABA #021000018 BK of NYC/EDJ                      Attn: Security Processing
Special instructions:                                               P.. O. Box 66906
FBO: CASA of Central Texas, Inc.                       St. Louis, MO 63166-6906
Jones Account #704-19996
                                                                                   
Overnight Delivery: Edward Jones, Attn: Security Processing
201 Progress Parkway, 2nd Floor
Maryland Heights, MO 63043 


For more ways to include CASA in your financial planning, click here.

Information contained herein was accurate at the time of posting. This information is not intended as legal or tax advice. For such advice, please consult an attorney or tax advisor. 
Norma Castilla-Blackwell
Executive Director
CASA of Central Texas
Welcome New CASA Volunteers
We welcomed 3 new CASA Volunteers in November and 8 in December! Thank you to these wonderful community members who completed an intensive 42-hour training and stepped up to be a voice for children in the court system.
Top Row -The Honorable Judge McLenahan, Brandi Raschke, Training Coordinator, CASA of Central Texas, and Norma Blackwell, CASA of Central Texas Executive Director.
Bottom Row - Lane Pippin of Hays County, Cindy Sabalier-Salas of Bexar County, and Melanie Coles-Ruiz of Hays County.
Top Row - The Honorable Judge Stuckey, Brandi Raschke, Training Coordinator, CASA of Central Texas, Jewels Wyatt of Hays County and Jesi Harlow of Comal County.
Middle Row - Kate Jacks of Guadalupe County, Andy Witkowski of Hays County, Anna Ramsey of Hays County and Norma Blackwell, Executive Director, CASA of Central Texas.
Bottom Row- Richard Alexander of Comal County, Alfreda Ritter of Guadalupe County, and Ruby Alvarado of Guadalupe County.
Holiday Wishes Filled
Thank you to everyone who participated in our Holiday Gift Drive this year!

CASA volunteers created wishlists for each child who were then "adopted" by community members.

Because of you, more than 175 children will receive gifts this year, each gift purchased specifically for them!
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Information Sessions Online


Meeting times:


Mondays
10 a.m.

Wednesdays
5 p.m.

Tuesdays and Thursdays
Noon

Saturdays
(1st and 3rd of each month)
10 a.m.




Use this link to join us at any of the times above!

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 link 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!
Adoption Day in Central Texas
November was National Adoption Month creating families just in time for the Holidays.

The month's highlight was on November 23rd, when CASA of Central Texas was privileged to participate in the annual Central Texas Adoption Day and witness more than 20 children officially welcomed into their new family. 

How special this day was for them! Last week they spent their first Thanksgiving as a "forever" family, and now they look forward to the December holidays together.
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Become a CASA Volunteer in 2021
Upcoming Training Courses
Held online via zoom

Wednesdays
January 6 to February 3
1 pm - 4 pm

Thursdays
January 7 to February 4
5 pm - 8 pm


Saturdays
January 9 to February 6
9 am - 12 pm

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.
Show Your Spirit with a CASA Yard Sign!
You can now show your support for CASA right in your own front yard or place of business! CASA yard signs are now available! Help us spread the word!

If you know someone in your neighborhood or circle of friends who would like one, grab a handful!

To pick up a CASA of Central Texas yard sign, please email Kayla at kkostella@casacentex.org.
Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training

Child sexual abuse is an adult issue. One in 10 children in the U.S. will be sexually abused before the age of 18. Darkness to Light ® believes that adults are responsible for the safety of children and that adults should be taking proactive steps to protect children from sexual abuse.

FREE TRAINING OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Using an evidence-informed approach, attendees will be provided with simple and practical actions to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. This is a free training for any community member who has interactions with children in various community settings. We should strive to not only protect our own children, but all children in our community.
This training will be offered by an authorized facilitator on the fourth Friday of each month starting in 2021. If the fourth Friday does not work for you, you may schedule a different date. Please encourage your colleagues, friends, and family to attend this two-hour training with you as it will lead to an improved learning experience through impactful discussion.
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 more than $1,000, from your shopping!
Community Support



Thanksgiving For All!


Thank you to the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce with support from San Marcos BBQ.


They provided Thanksgiving meals to 30 families, which included 75 children!
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