• Be a pest… but a nice one!

    Apr 17 2014

    Be a pest… but a nice one!

    By Laura Wolf

    "Be a pest...."

    "But a nice one, and never to your supervisor".

    This was among the calls to action issued to our CASA volunteers at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner by our keynote speaker Ian Spechler. Ian is an attorney with Disability Rights Texas and is well-known to all of us at CASA for his tireless advocacy on behalf of children with disabilities. Given his own fearlessness as an advocate, it was especially gratifying to hear Ian talk about the admiration he has for the work done by CASA volunteers. He spoke eloquently about the needs of children with disabilities in the foster care and juvenile justice systems and made a convincing case for needing a CASA volunteer for EVERY child. So another call to action Ian gave to our volunteers was: recruit more people like you to become CASA volunteers! Read more

  • Meet Volunteer Advocate Jack Marshall

    Apr 09 2014

    Meet Volunteer Advocate Jack Marshall

    By Callie Langford, Originally published in TODO Austin Magazine

    Jack Marshall grew up an Army brat traveling around the world. He graduated from high school in Vicenza, Italy, went to college at West Point, and his military career ultimately landed him in Austin where he ran the Army ROTC program at UT.

    Jack and his wife Sue have 2 sons and 5 grandchildren. After retiring from the military, Jack ran the investigations division for the Texas Board of Law Examiners for 26 years until he really retired in 2010.

    After this final retirement, Jack says he “wanted to find something to do that I would find worthwhile and would give back to the community,” and volunteering with CASA turned out to be a perfect match. He enjoyed the training process and has learned a lot. Read more

  • Presidential Proclamation: Child Abuse Prevention Month 2014

    Apr 01 2014

    Presidential Proclamation: Child Abuse Prevention Month 2014


    In the United States of America, every child should have every chance in life, every chance at happiness, and every chance at success. Yet tragically, hundreds of thousands of young Americans shoulder the burden of abuse or neglect. As a Nation, we must do better. During National Child Abuse Prevention Month, we strengthen our resolve to give every young person the security, opportunity, and bright future they deserve.

    We all have a role to play in preventing child abuse and neglect and in helping young victims recover. From parents and guardians to educators and community leaders, each of us can help carve out safe places for young people to build their confidence and pursue their dreams. Read more

  • Meet Volunteer Advocate Mandeep Chatha

    Mar 26 2014

    Meet Volunteer Advocate Mandeep Chatha

    By Callie Langford, Originally published in TODO Austin Magazine

    Mandeep Chatha was born in India and immigrated to the United States at a young age. She was raised mostly in Fort Worth and moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas where she studied Government, Asian-American Studies and Philosophy.

    Mandeep returned to Austin after law school at Texas Tech and currently works in civil litigation. She’s a member of The Junior League of Austin, the Austin Bar Association and the Austin Young Lawyers Association. She was also selected to the State Bar of Texas Leadership Academy for 2014.

    Mandeep learned about CASA through her time volunteering at the Austin Children’s Shelter. “I saw so many CASA volunteers there and the kids really seemed to have a positive experience with CASA,” said Mandeep. Read more

  • 6 Reasons to donate to CASA during Amplify Austin

    Mar 17 2014

    6 Reasons to donate to CASA during Amplify Austin

    Update: You helped CASA raise $25,009 during Amplify Austin 2014! Thank you Austin!

    Amplify Austin is a city-wide day of giving to raise millions of dollars for Austin nonprofits between 6 pm Thursday, March 20th and 6 pm Friday, March 21st! Last year you helped us raise $17,555 – enough to give more than 11 children who’ve been abused or neglected a CASA volunteer for an entire year. 

    For 2014, our goal is to raise $22,500 to give 15 children a CASA volunteer for a year! We need your help to hit that high note, so here are 6 reasons why you should donate to CASA during Amplify Austin:

    1. Our kids are our community’s future.

    They are the ones who will continue to Amplify Austin down the road and we have to watch out for them now. We have to make sure their futures are bright. One out of four youth in foster care will end up homeless or in prison. CASA is working hard to change the negative statistics around kids in foster care and build a better future for our youth, and in turn, for Austin. Read more

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