What I’ve Learned in Four Years of Superhero Fundraising

What I’ve Learned in Four Years of Superhero Fundraising

Jun 26 2015

I'm a creature of habit. My fundraising tactics have remained the same since I wrote my fundraising advice after my first CASA Superhero Run: virulent enthusiasm, dogged persistence and knowing my audience. But I'm also a lazy creature of habit. Over the last four years I've learned to work smarter at my fundraising instead of working harder (and then sometimes working harder) and I've raised $13,122.50 doing it. Read More

A Father’s Day message from DFPS Fatherhood Specialist Kenneth Thompson

A Father’s Day message from DFPS Fatherhood Specialist Kenneth Thompson

Jun 19 2015

A young man called me who had heard me speak about the value of fathers. He told me he didn’t know what I was talking about. He had a 5-year-old son. I asked him to visit museums around town. I said, ‘Go, walk through them, meet the curators.” Then I told him to go back to the museums a few weeks later with his kid. He called me and said, “I now understand the value. When I took my son, he looked at me as if I knew everything there was. I have never had anyone look at me like I was that important.”

Kenneth Thompson, Fatherhood Program Specialist at the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), shares some of his own experiences getting fathers engaged in their children’s lives, as well as how CASA volunteers can help, in a special Father’s Day weekend blog post. Read More

Inaugural Theta-CASA Ambassadorship a success

Inaugural Theta-CASA Ambassadorship a success

Jun 17 2015

After an inspiring meeting with representatives from Kappa Alpha Theta at last year’s National CASA conference, we decided to build our relationship with the Texas Theta chapter. We are incredibly appreciative for the support of this group of impressive young women, which has been raising money for CASA for years. This year, we took our relationship to the next level by developing a Theta Ambassadorship program to support teens in our Transitioning Youth Project. Read More

High school graduation equals empty nests to fill

High school graduation equals empty nests to fill

Jun 16 2015

Being a CASA volunteer has been a blessing. It keeps me busy after my daughter left for college and keeps me from being sad. And frankly my daughter is a much happier person for it.

I was one those parents that was involved in my child's education. I spent hours volunteering at her school and doing different things to benefit that community. When my daughter was in her senior year of high school, I was contemplating what I was going to do. I knew that, come the fall, things were going to open up for me and I would have a lot more down time.  Read More

Meet Volunteer Advocate Hubert Bell

Meet Volunteer Advocate Hubert Bell

Jun 11 2015

When Hubert Bell Jr. "got more sense" and gave up drag racing, he started breeding race horses. When he wanted to make a difference, he became a CASA volunteer. Bell, a civil practice attorney who still restores performance cars and also raises beefalos (a cattle/bison hybrid) on his Burleson County ranch, knew he wanted to help children. "They don't have a say, a voice in their life experience," he explained.  Read More