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CASA CLIPS Newsletter
October 2018
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CASA Celebrates  #GivingTuesday!

  Giving Tuesday
#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.

Occurring this year on November 27, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving to inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back during the holidays in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.

As a supporter of CASA, you understand the needs of children living in foster care. On Giving Tuesday, we ask that you commit to volunteering 12 hours throughout 2019. Your one hour a month, or 12 hours a year, will make a great impact. There are many opportunities to volunteer for CASA through our Friends of CASA volunteer auxiliary group. 
From helping with child-centered activities such as back-to-school and holiday drives, to hosting meals for training classes and special agency receptions, or assisting staff with clerical tasks and agency projects, Friends of CASA allows you to support the organization’s work while also choosing when and how often you want to volunteer. Members are dedicated to helping abused and neglected children reach safe and permanent homes by serving as a volunteer base for CASA. Whether you are able to commit 12 hours, or 50 hours, please consider committing time to the children in our community. 

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 Bring a Smile to a Child this Holiday Season!

Adopt a CASAWe invite you to “catch the holiday spirit” by helping children enjoy the holidays. CASA of Johnson and Wyandotte Counties serves children, birth to age 18, who have a history of abuse and neglect and who reside in foster care. Help brighten the season for our kids by supporting our holiday activities – CASA’s Adopt-A-CASA child program and/or our annual Holiday Party for Kids.

Ways You Can Help:
  • Be a Sponsor for Adopt-A-CASA Child
  • Support CASA’s Holiday Party for Kids
  • Organize a Holiday Toy Drive
  • Donate a Gift Card
We are looking for gift cards valued between $10 and $100. There is no minimum to the number of gift cards you can donate. For more information or to sponsor a Wish List: Nina Kimbrough or call 913-715-4042. To organize a toy drive or support the holiday party: Amanda Volmer or call 913-715-4034.

CASA Trainees Attend Court Night!

Court NightCongratulations to our newest CASA volunteers who were recently sworn in by Judge Sloan!  We are excited for these trainees to begin their role as CASA advocates, as each will be matched to one of the many children on our waiting list. 

You are making a difference by volunteering your time to stand up for a child who has been abused or neglected. We greatly appreciate you!


CASA Day at The Kansas City Zoo

FOC_Logo_FinalCASA families enjoyed a beautiful day at the Kansas City Zoo on September 29th. More than 100 tickets were graciously donated by The Kansas City Zoo and given to CASA kids and their foster families to enjoy one of Kansas City's great attractions. Friends of CASA volunteers served lunches to the kids and families.

Thank you to Stevie Pessin, Jodi Gearon, Erika Winters-Downey, Angie Leondedis, David Platt, Peggy Rusbarsky, Betsy Montolio, Cindy Meeker, and Bob Fowler for helping to make this a wonderful day for the CASA children! If you'd like to get involved in Friends of CASA, our volunteer auxiliary, please contact Amanda Volmer at  913.715.4034.

 Join Us for Our Open House!

Conversation with CASA
 Conversation with CASA 

Learn more about our agency at our next Conversation with CASA. This one-hour program includes information on CASA's mission and history, local child abuse statistics, the role of volunteers and a story from an active CASA advocate.

The next Conversation is:
Thursday, January 10
12:00 noon to 1:00 pm

This event is free and refreshments will be provided.  

If you are interested in joining a training class, we encourage you to attend this Conversation so that you will be well-equipped for the class.  RSVP to Alli Zuel or call 913.715.4033. This will be held at our office located at: 6950 Squibb Rd., Suite 300, Mission, KS 66202.
For CASA Volunteers 

Volunteer In-Service:
KVC Kinship Care
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
CASA Training Room

Please join us on Tuesday, October 30th from 2:00 -4:00 p.m. for an in-service focusing on KVC Kinship Care.  Evan Wood, KVC Kinship and CPA Supervisor, will be joining us for a question and answer session to specifically address any questions volunteers may have regarding placements with family and/or foster homes, as well as how the process works.

Please RSVP to Alli Zuel at 913.715.4033 by Friday, October 26th. With your RSVP, please send your questions for Evan.


Coffee, Conversation and Camaraderie

Join us for an opportunity to share stories, brainstorm, and find solutions to the problems challenging you as a CASA volunteer. 
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Working With Younger Youth
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
CASA Training Room
Facilitated by: David Platt
You will earn 1.5 in-service credits
Please RSVP by email or call 913.715.4032 no later than November 8th.

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