Charity Spotlight: CASA

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is making a huge difference in the lives of countless children in Travis County. CASA believes every child who’s been abused or neglected deserves to have a dedicated advocate speaking up for their best interest in court, at school and in our community. CASA is the only child advocacy group working in the court system that provides a caring, consistent adult focused on the well-being of a single child. To accomplish this, CASA educates and empowers community volunteers who ensure each child’s needs remain a priority in an over-burdened child welfare system.

CASA has helped change the lives of kids like Adrian. Ten years ago, when Adrian’s 1st grade teacher noticed bruises on his arms and legs, he was removed from his home and never went back. He’s lived at 10 foster homes or treatment centers. CASA took Adrian to get his driver’s license, helped him open a bank account, and showed him how to file income tax forms for the very first time. Adrian will graduate from high school in May, works at Sonic Drive-In, and plans to go to ACC and become a paralegal so he can help make the legal system better.

For children who’ve been abused or neglected, CASA means having a home instead of feeling lost, and being a priority instead of feeling invisible. For volunteers, CASA is a life-changing experience that makes our community a better place. CASA volunteers come from every walk of life and share a commitment to improving children’s lives, a willingness to learn, and an open mind towards life experiences different from their own. Visit CASATravis.org to learn more about becoming a volunteer.

And join me in making a $10 donation to CASA.

Don Vanderslice is the Director of Partnership Development at Snoball – an online platform that is empowering change by revolutionizing the way non-profits raise support. Through Snoball.com, anyone can create automated and personal ways to support their cause – from Foursquare check-ins and Facebook likes to a football team’s performance and personal workout data. Before joining forces with Snoball, Don spent twenty years volunteering with and working for non-profits – doing more than his fair share of fundraising. His favorite things in life include hanging out with his family and riding his bike.

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