CASA Up Close | August 2018
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
  • A Hole Lotta Love for CASA
  • Upcoming Training Dates
  • CASA Superhero Run
  • Welcome New CASA Volunteers
  • Share Your CASA Experience
  • Employer Matching Donations
  • Information Sessions
  • Payroll Deductions for CASA
  • CASA Training and Support Center
  • Events Benefiting CASA
  • Community Support
Letter from the Executive Director
As the Executive Director for CASA of Central Texas, I strive to ensure that our program is meeting the needs of the community. To do this, I rely on committed individuals who are willing to provide me with their guidance and expertise to shape the program as a whole.

A diverse Board of Directors representing each of the four counties we serve (Caldwell, Comal, Guadalupe and Hays) helps CASA identify needs in the community, and provides the support and connections required to meet those needs. By serving as a Director for CASA of Central Texas, you have a genuine opportunity to have a direct, positive and lasting impact for your community.

There's a lot of responsibility in choosing to become a Board member. Board members must have the ability and knowledge to set policy and approve programs that become the basis for operating the nonprofit. A Board member does not manage the day-to-day business of the nonprofit.

A Board member must have the time, or be willing to take the time, to attend monthly Board meetings as well as special meetings, committee meetings and seminars. Seminars and educational workshops are necessary to keep informed about Board service and the programs we provide as an agency.

If you are interested in serving on the Board, give me a call!

Norma Castilla-Blackwell
CASA of Central Texas Executive Director.
Some criteria for Board members include:

General Expectations
Become knowledgeable about the organization.
Serve in leadership positions or undertake special assignments willingly and enthusiastically.
Keep the executive director informed about community concerns.
Follow trends in the child welfare and juvenile justice fields.
Recruit nominees to the board - women and men of achievement and distinction who can make contributions to the work of the board and the organization.
Contribute financially.

Meetings - Prepare for and participate in board and committee meetings, including appropriate organizational activities.

Avoiding Conflicts - Serve the organization as a whole rather than any special interest group or constituency.

Fiduciary Responsibilities - Exercise prudence in the control and transfer of funds. Faithfully read and understand the organization's financial statements and help the board fulfill its fiduciary responsibility.

Fund Raising - Assist in resource development by implementing fund-raising strategies through personal influence with others.
Show a "Hole Lotta Love" for CASA

All proceeds benefit
CASA of Central Texas

October 29, 2018
River Crossing Golf Club
Spring Branch 

9:30 am:  Check-in & Practice Open
11:00 am:  Tee Time & Play Begins
5:00 pm: Dinner, Raffle Drawings & Awards

Even if you don't have the lowest score, you could still go home a winner! Check out some of our raffle items here !

Make a hole-in-one and you will go home with this  Sportsman Touring ATV 570 SP, Valued at $11,100 courtesy of:

Sponsorships Available:
Ace $5,000 - 2 teams included
Front Nine $3,000 - 2 teams included 
Back Nine $3,000 - 2 teams included
Eagle $2,000 - 1 team included
Birdie $1,500 - 1 team included
Hole - $400

Team Registration (4) $600
Individual Registration $200

Interested in supporting this event?
Check out the sponsorships

Team and Sponsor registration is OPEN!
Space limited to 36 Teams/144 Players
Register early!

Register and find details here .

Thank you to our sponsors:
Hole Sponsors:
CoWork Factory
Davidek Law Firm, PLLC
Dexter Jones
Fuse Architecture Studio
KW Heritage-Sheryl Gibson Team
Taste of New Braunfels
Texias LLC
Utility Engineering Group
Become a CASA Volunteer
Final Training Dates of 2018

Wednesdays-San Marcos   

September 12 - October 10
1 to 5 p.m.
   October 24 - November 14th
4:30-8:30 p.m.

Thursdays-New Braunfels

August 2- October 11
4:30 - 8:30 p.m.
October 25 - November 15
1-5 p.m.

Saturdays-New Braunfels

September 15 - September 29
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Check out our calendar for dates and times for the rest of the year and for information on how to get enrolled. Submit your application for an upcoming training here.

For more information on training courses, contact Layla Coleman at 512-392-3578, 830-626-2272, or by email .

A complete Training Course is required for all new Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers.
No Hero Too Small!
We're calling on all Central Texas little heroes to chase after villains and secure their superhero medals in the CASA Superhero Run Kids 1K on September 16 at the IBM Client Innovation Center at Broadmoor Campus.
   Superhero adults and parent sidekicks are invited as well. Our  5K with chip-timing is the opening race for the 2018-19 Austin Distance Challenge!
    Check out all of the exciting kid- and runner-friendly activities (including our superhero costume contest, BAM Academy Obstacle Course, high-flying aerial superheroes from Violet Crown Collective) on our activities page! We've got superhero photo ops, comic book giveaways, arts and crafts, massage and stretching, tons of tasty snacks and drinks, and so much more.

      Your participation in the CASA Superhero Run helps more than 2,500 children across Central Texas who've been through abuse or neglect. You are helping children reach safe, permanent homes and have brighter futures, so they can grow up to become superhero adults!
We will see you on September 16! 

Thank you for being a superhero!

Registration and fundraising are now open at

After you register, we hope you'll help even more by raising $100 to win a Tek-Tee , $500 to become a CASA Crusader , or even more to win exciting prize packages.
Welcome New CASA Volunteers
Four new CASA Volunteers were sworn in this month. They have completed 5 weeks of training, background checks, courtroom observation and are now ready to advocate for a child in court.

There are only four regular training sessions, and one Saturday session left this year. Visit our calendar to see all of the dates.
Pictured l-r: Dana Cobb, Cathy Young, Jurnee Troublefield and Chris Duran all of Hays County, were sworn in on August 17.
Share Your Experience
If you love our work, then tell the world! Stories about us from people like you will help us make an even bigger impact in our community.

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All content will be visible to potential donors and volunteers. It’s easy and only takes 3 minutes!

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Is Your Company a "Match" with CASA?
Matching gift programs are an exciting way to give. Many companies are committed to helping employees improve their communities by offering to match their contributions to charitable organizations. Companies frequently match these contributions dollar for dollar, but sometimes they will donate double or even triple the original gift amount. Occasionally, companies will match gifts for their employees’ volunteer efforts as well.

CASA of Central Texas is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, eligible to receive matching gifts. Both your donation and your employers’ donation are tax-deductible under the rules of the Internal Revenue Service. If you apply for a matching gift with your employer, CASA will be thrilled to verify your donation.

Both you and your employer can make a difference!
"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.
New Braunfels 
September 5th, noon
CASA office

San Marcos 
Wednesday, September 19th, noon 
Historic County Courthouse, 1st floor conference room
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. 
Lunch provided by Chick-fil-A.
Payroll Deductions for CASA
State and Federal employees may give to CASA of Central Texas through payroll deductions under the State Employee Charitable Campaign and the Combined Federal Campaign.

SECC logo

State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC)
CASA of Central Texas Code  
#475017 (Capital Area)
#475030 (San Antonio Area)

Watch for Campaign drives at your office, or talk to your Human Resources Representative for information.

CFC logo
Combined Federal Campaign
CASA of Central Texas
Support the CASA Training and Support Center
The journey to a new, permanent office located in San Marcos is progressing having recently completed the 100% Design Development stage of the project. Construction permits were filed with the city in June.

To be a part of this exciting addition to CASA of Central Texas, contact Tricia Schneider by email , or visit our website .
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 .
October 6th
Oh My Guad! 5k Run

Oh My Guad! 5K Beer Run
Hosted by Guadalupe Brewing Company
Proceeds to Benefit CASA of Central Texas

Early bird registration

Sign up early (1st 100 registrants will get a t-shirt)

$30 - Until August 31
$35 - September 1 - 15
October 27th
Guadalupe Brewing 5K Beer Run


Upon finishing all runners receive a finisher pint glass and up to 4x 8oz Guadalupe Craft Beer tastings. Runners also get a nice Gildan 4200 tech shirt with included with entry. Food truck with food for purchase will be on site. Families welcome! Minors receive shirt, finisher glass but no beer, obviously.

Register Here
Community Support
San Marcos Bluebonnet Lions
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