A Call For Help
Happy New Year, CASA supporters!

My 3-year-old daughter has taken to watching a kids show in the evenings called “Robocar Poli.” It’s about a little police car (Poli), fire truck (Roy), ambulance (Amber) and helicopter (Helly) who together make up a rescue squad that responds to all sorts of emergencies around the fictional community of Brooms Town.

Every time my daughter asks to watch the show I think of our CASA volunteers. The scenarios aren’t exactly the same, of course, but there are many similarities.

First, the call comes in: A child has been removed from her home due to abuse or neglect. The volunteer responds, agreeing to take the case. She visits the child, gets to know her, and talks with her caregiver and caseworker.

Our advocates put out fires of a different sort. When controversy erupts over a potential placement or a medical or educational need, the volunteer steps in to gather information and make an informed recommendation.

There’s a John Mayer song that describes a relationship as a “burning room,” and that’s sometimes how I think of our children’s lives. They may go to school and play on the playground like typical children, but the abuse or neglect they suffer at home burns through and touches every aspect of their lives.

Just like Robocar Poli, our volunteers respond to the call for help. They provide comfort, safety and support to children in need and valuable information to the judges charged with deciding what the future holds for our kiddos.

If you or someone you know is interested in being part of our “rescue squad” here at CASA, please visit www.casaoftv.org to apply. You can also call us at (903) 675-7070 to get more information. Our next volunteer training class begins Saturday, Feb. 10.

We look forward to hearing from you!
Emily Heglund
Executive Director
Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Luncheon
On Thursday, January 11th, The Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a luncheon at Vetoni's Italian Restaurant in Gun Barrel City. We were fortunate to be asked to join them and speak on behalf of CASA.

Executive Director Emily Heglund and Resource Development Officer Ellen Torres spoke passionately about the work we do at CASA and the difference volunteers make in the lives of the children in Henderson, Anderson and Cherokee counties.

Emily shared a few of our CASA success stories and Ellen followed her by explaining what being a CASA volunteer is all about. The Chamber members were a fantastic and receptive crowd, and we greatly appreciated the opportunity to speak to them.
 
Thank you to the members of the Chamber for hosting us!
Ask Dr. Fran
This year, Dr. Francine McCain is donating $10 of every annual exam to local charities. Your annual exam is likely covered if you have insurance, why not take care of your health while giving back to your community? 

The donations will be split equally between the East Texas Crisis Center, Henderson County Help Center and the Family Peace Project.

You can find out more about Dr. Fran and her practice on Facebook!
TVEC 2018 Government In Action Youth Tour

TVEC is proud to announce its Government in Action Youth Tour contest for 2018. High school sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible to enter the contest to win an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. from June 6-15, 2018.

Winners of this year’s contest will first travel to Austin, Texas and tour the Governor’s Mansion, the Texas State Capitol and the Bob Bullock Museum for a taste of Texas state history before heading to Washington, D.C. There they will join the other 1500 students from across the United States in our nation’s capital. 

Highlights include a visit to their congressional offices, tours of historic monuments, memorials and the Smithsonian Institute. The tour group will also travel to Arlington National Cemetery, Washington National Cathedral, the Supreme Court, and the Library of Congress.

In addition to taking in the sights and sounds around the nation’s capital, all of the state groups will convene for Rural Electric Youth Day and an evening of dinner and dancing. The application deadline for the Government in Action Youth Tour is February 5, 2018. 

If you know of a high school student who would be interested in participating in this fantastic opportunity, we urge you to encourage them to apply via the button below.
2/5/18 February volunteer application deadline
2/11/18 5:00 pm Methodist Men's Chili Cook-Off at First United Methodist Church, Athens
Noon 2/12/18 CASA 101 Cherokee County 506 E. Commerce St. Jacksonville, TX 75766
Noon 2/13/18 CASA 101 Anderson County 1000 N. Church St. Palestine, TX 75801
Noon 2/15/18 CASA 101 Henderson County 1104 E. Tyler St. Athens, TX 75751
Noon 2/16/18 Friends of CASA at El San Luis Mexican Cafe, Hwy 31 E in Athens, TX
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