Lessons from the Hundred Acre Wood

Lessons from the Hundred Acre Wood

Jan 18 2017

Today, we celebrate the birthday of A.A. Milne, the creator of Winnie the Pooh, whose stories have delighted millions of children and adults alike for the past 9 decades. Milne's stories doubtless have much to teach children, about loyalty, kindness, curiosity, and friendship. Looking back on Winnie the Pooh, I was surprised to realize how much wisdom there is for adults, particularly CASA volunteers, in the pages of his stories. Read More

Everybody Can Be Great Because Everybody Can Serve

Everybody Can Be Great Because Everybody Can Serve

Jan 12 2017

This weekend, hundreds of Austinites will give their time and talents to nonprofits throughout the city, during the annual MLK Day of Service. It’s a beautiful way to honor Dr. King, who famously stated, “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.” The acts of giving that we see this weekend will prove, once again, just how great a city Austin is. Read More

Meet Volunteer Advocate Bob Jefferis

Meet Volunteer Advocate Bob Jefferis

Dec 06 2016

Bob Jefferis is no stranger to responsibility and his 35 years as a geologist, engineer and project manager for the energy industry prove that. Working for a global company, Bob found himself on very diverse teams, getting to meet wide varieties of different people. He got to manage enormous projects on land and on the ocean, both in the US and abroad. Some were enormous, including a $16 billion project with more than 50,000 workers. So when he neared his retirement and considered what to do in his "next life," Bob was drawn to CASA.  Read More

Thankfulness or (How CASA Volunteers Are Like Farmers)

Thankfulness or (How CASA Volunteers Are Like Farmers)

Dec 01 2016

A CASA volunteer and close friend of mine recently explained to me that being a CASA volunteer is a lot like being a farmer. Because of CASA, seeds of love and hope for the future are planted in each child served. Even though you work hard to ensure that these seeds grow, for both our volunteers and the farmer, the harvest comes later. You may or may not get to see all the fruits of your labor. Much like the farmer dedicates each day to tending to his crops, volunteers dedicate their time to helping kids in care. With no immediate results, this hard work can often feel unappreciated. Even though they may not get to see the end result of all their hard work, CASA volunteers can be certain that their efforts are appreciated.   Read More

A Memorandum of Understanding from the NPCMAT

A Memorandum of Understanding from the NPCMAT

Nov 16 2016

We at the North Pole Council for Mythical Artisans and Teamsters (NPCMAT) have some serious concerns that must be heard. Read More