• Alpha Kappa Alpha: Over a decade of partnering with CASA

    Mar 18 2015

    Alpha Kappa Alpha: Over a decade of partnering with CASA

    By Callie Langford

    We recently spoke with Reshanta Stewart, a member of Beta Psi Omega, the local alumni chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha (which is the oldest Greek-lettered organization established by African-American college-educated women). Reshanta has been coordinating our partnership with the women of Alpha Kappa Alpha since 2005 and has helped build and enhance this wonderful relationship for CASA.

    “I joined this chapter in Austin in 2005 and CASA was hosting the Casas for CASA program raffling off playhouses. We would help sell tickets at the mall. I don’t know what prompted me to say, ‘Hey, let’s do other stuff for CASA,’” said Reshanta. She struck up a conversation with a CASA employee, learned more about the program and finally asked what else CASA needed. “We started doing an Easter Egg Hunt. We did a Halloween party one time that was really fun. And it went from there!” Read more

  • 6 More Reasons to Give to CASA during Amplify Austin

    Mar 03 2015

    6 More Reasons to Give to CASA during Amplify Austin

    Update: You helped CASA raise $36,834.22 during Amplify Austin 2015! Thank you Austin!

    By Callie Langford

    Last year we shared 6 excellent reasons to give to CASA during Amplify Austin. This year we'd like to share 6 more reasons to donate: Ben, the Gutierrez siblings, Mikaley, Deana, Oscar, and Millie and Jonathan. Ok... it's actually 10 reasons to donate this year! Meet the reasons

  • Meet Volunteer Advocate Barb Kowal

    Feb 27 2015

    Meet Volunteer Advocate Barb Kowal

    By Callie Langford, Originally published in TODO Austin Magazine

    Barb Kowal grew up in Massachusetts, graduated from Smith College as a two-sport (basketball and softball) athlete, and spent all her time in New England before moving here in 1997 to work for the University of Texas, "taking my Boston accent with me forever" she says.

    She worked for many years as the Assistant Athletics Director of Media Relations at UT, working 7 days a week to oversee all the public relations and communications efforts for women’s athletics. She now serves as the Director of External Affairs for CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America). Read more

  • 30 for 30

    Jan 22 2015

    30 for 30

    By Sonia Kotecha

    This year marks CASA of Travis County’s 30th anniversary! As we celebrate 30 years of empowering Austin to speak up for children, I will celebrate my last year in my thirties, and I cannot help but reflect on the year I turned 30, the year my journey with CASA began.

    After spending my twenties in Washington, DC as a child protective service worker, at the eve of my 30th birthday, I packed my bags to return home to Austin, TX. As a young twenty-something thrust into the world of child welfare, I found myself in an overburdened system feeling as though I could never do enough for the number of innocent children served. Every morning, I had to decide which child’s case I would prioritize, because there was never enough time in the day to address the needs of the 20 to 30 kids on my caseload. As I continued to witness children as young as 3 years old move foster home to foster home within short periods of time, my frustration with the community’s lack of response grew. I fantasized about ways to improve the system from lowering caseloads to raising community awareness about the needs of children in foster care. Read more

  • Welcome to 2015 and 2 Big Milestones for CASA

    Jan 15 2015

    Welcome to 2015 and 2 Big Milestones for CASA

    By Laura Wolf

    2015 is a big year: CASA of Travis County turns 30 this year! Since we were born in 1985, we've been empowering the Austin community to speak up for children who’ve been abused or neglected.

    Like any big milestone, this is cause for both celebration and reflection. We will be proud to recognize, commemorate and appreciate all the people --- volunteers, Board members, Judges, supporters, professional staff, community partners and friends --- who have been with us along this journey and who have helped achieve so many important milestones possible along the way (The most recent milestones include the launch of our Drug Court, Transitioning Youth, Trauma-Informed Advocacy and Family Finding programs, as well as the tremendously successful switch to the Superhero Run theme for our 5K). We will be celebrating all of you throughout this year in big and small ways. We are grateful to you every day. Read more

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