CASA Up Close | March 2019
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
  • Join us in April
  • Big Give
  • Training Dates
  • Continuing Education
  • Your Feedback
  • Help Us Pave the Way
  • Information Sessions
  • Birdies for Charity
  • CASA Day at the Capitol
  • Cars for CASA
  • Events Benefiting CASA
  • Community Support
Letter from the Executive Director
CASA Volunteers are proven to improve the lives of foster children while in care and to prepare them for life after they leave care. One thing that makes the CASA program and our volunteers so effective is our network of partnerships with the many agencies in our community. CASA would like to take a moment to express our gratitude for social workers during March which is National Social Work Month .

At CASA, we see firsthand how social workers juggle multiple cases, work in high-stress circumstances with families facing serious health and legal issues, and stand on the front lines to safeguard children by ensuring they and their families have the necessary resources to heal. Social workers sometimes see the worst of humanity, and yet they keep an optimistic view that, with support, people can change their lives.

Every day, CASA volunteers observe social workers doing very difficult jobs with skill and compassion. CASA knows they are an important piece in the network for protecting our children.

CASA of Central Texas extends our thanks and appreciation to the local social workers whom we work with every day as well as all those across the country who are working to care for our children.  

Norma Castilla-Blackwell
CASA of Central Texas
Executive Director
Welcome New CASA Volunteers
Six new volunteers were sworn in during February. Each volunteer has completed 5 weeks of training, background checks, courtroom observation and is now ready to advocate for children in court.

Our 1st Caldwell County advocate to be sworn in since 2016! Congratulations and welcome, Debbie Love, sworn in on February 28th !

Pictured right: CASA Board President JoAnne Germer, Debbie Love, Judge Thomas Stuckey
Pictured (l-r) Sworn in on February 13th: CASA Executive Director Norma Blackwell, Judge Melissa McClenahan, Jasmine Warner of Hays County, Raymond Kresha of Comal County, Danielle Craig of Guadalupe County, Natalie Cazares of Hays County, Emily Slomka of Hays County, and Board President JoAnne Germer .
Join Us
Here's Looking at You Kid!

CASA of Central Texas Annual Fundraiser
April 12, 2019
6:30 p.m.
Chandelier of Gruene
1924 Bretzke Lane
New Braunfels

You are invited to CASA's annual fundraising celebration, CASAblanca. We truly appreciate your support and hope you join us for this evening to benefit the children in our communities.
    CASA will honor long-time supporters, Barry Williams, Regional President, Prosperity Bank and Debbie Gonzales Ingalsbe , Commissioner, Precinct 1 – Hays County.
Join us for our live and silent auctions for a chance to take home some great items!

Purchase Individual tickets here

Thank you to our sponsors:


Kate & Ken Marx
Greater Texas Credit Union
Felicia James, Realtor, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
Texas Lehigh Cement Company

Click here to support our event as a sponsor
Big Give San Antonio
Ready to be a part of something huge? The Big Give San Antonio kicks into high gear on March 28 th ! Last year, donors gave a total of $14,872 to CASA of Central Texas through The Big Give. This generosity provided voices of trained CASA volunteers to children and youth who had once been abused, neglected and abandoned. With the help of committed advocates, children no longer live as victims. They thrive in safe, permanent and loving homes!
Big Voices for Little Children makes a huge impact! It starts with you, our donors!
Mark your calendar to give between midnight on March 28 and midnight on March 29. To help CASA win extra prize money from our valued partner The McKenna Foundation, the best hour to give is 2 to 4 p.m.

March 28
Midnight - Midnight
Become a CASA Volunteer
Upcoming Training Dates

Wednesdays - San Marcos   
March 27 - April 24
4:30 - 8:30

Thursdays - New Braunfels
March 28 - April 25
1 - 5 p.m.

Saturdays - Seguin
March 30 - April 13
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
For more information on training courses, contact Layla Coleman at 512-392-3578, 830-626-2272, or by email. 
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.

Application deadline prior to each cycle is two weeks before start of training.
Submit your volunteer application here .
"Voices" Information Sessions
Want to learn more about the role of a CASA Volunteer?

Come to our one-hour information session and hear how our volunteers advocate for children who have been abused and neglected.

San Marcos
Wednesday, March 20th, noon 
Historic County Courthouse, 1st floor conference room

New Braunfels
Wednesday, April 3rd, noon
CASA office

CASA staff and volunteers will be on hand to share their stories and answer your questions. 

Please RSVP to Eloise Hudson by email or at 830-626-2272. 
CASA Day at the Capitol
CASA of Central Texas volunteers went to Austin on February 5th as part of the state-wide CASA Day at the Capitol.

Thank you to our four State Representatives Kyle Biedermann, John Cyrier, John Kuempel, Erin Zwiener, and and our two State Senators  Donna Campbell and Judith Zaffirini.

They or their busy staff members took time to visit with CASA volunteers about the needs of children from Caldwell, Comal, Guadalupe and Hays Counties.

A special thank you to CASA of Central Texas CASA volunteers J ohn Barthel and Colette Wollenberg who serve as our Legislative Advocacy Team co-chairs.
CASA of Central Texas Volunteers traveled to Austin and shared experiences with children in the child welfare system.
Representative Biedermann with CASA of Central Texas volunteers.
Representative John Kuempel with CASA of Central Texas volunteers.
Cars for CASA

 Have an old car taking up space in your driveway? Donate it to CASA of Central Texas! CASA partners with CARS on a vehicle donation program. We accept most cars, trucks, trailers, boats, RV's, motorcycles, off road vehicles, heavy equipment and other motorized vehicles. 

Making a donation is EASY ! It's as easy as filling out an online donation form here or picking up a phone and speaking to a live operator at 855-500-7433 seven days a week.
Why donate your vehicle to CASA?
* Avoid the hassles of selling a car * No need to pay hefty repair bills * Free up space in your garage * 100% tax deductible *
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 .
Come to Willie’s Grill & Ice House for Spirit Night benefitting CASA of Central Texas. Mention CASA and Willie’s will donate 15% of your check!
Wednesday, March 26
4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
2966 Coldsprings Drive
New Braunels  
Join us for "Justice is Served", a hamburger fundraiser hosted by Hays County Constable David Peterson and Brandon Peterson at 4 Moose's BBQ!
Thursday, April 4
11:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Hays County Government Center
712 S. Stagecoach Dr.
San Marcos
Community Support
Thank you to every State and Federal workplace that took part in the CFC and SECC Campaigns and encouraged employees to give through payroll deductions.

A special thank you to those who selected CASA of Central Texas as the charity to support.
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