Judge Byrne swears in 40 new CASA volunteers

Judge Byrne swears in 40 new CASA volunteers

Oct 20 2016

You know, life kind of gets in the way a lot and often throws up reasons to say, "I'll do that next year," "I'll do that later in my life." It's easy for us to say "I've just got too many things on my plate."

The one thing I know that you can never make, recreate, revisit is your time. It's our most valuable thing. We're going to spend about the next thirty minutes together celebrating your commitment to the children of Travis County. You will never ever get those thirty minutes back, ever, and I know that. And I know you've got lots of things to do in your life. Read More

Someone in their Corner: Bilingual volunteers needed to advocate for children

Someone in their Corner: Bilingual volunteers needed to advocate for children

Sep 29 2016

"Are you able to be at the meeting Thursday morning," asked the volunteer. "There have been multiple misunderstandings between [CPS] and the family. I believe it is in the family's best interest if someone who knows the language and culture and is familiar with the case is there." Read More

Runners (and Singers) We Love: Tracy Hamilton

Runners (and Singers) We Love: Tracy Hamilton

Sep 15 2016

Five minutes before the start of a Walk to End Alzheimer's in Temple, Texas, someone approached Tracy Hamilton and mentioned that they had no one to sing the National Anthem. It took only a moment for Tracy to step up and volunteer. Five minutes later, she was singing for the crowd. That's just who Tracy is. When there is something that needs to be done to help others, she will step up and do it without a second thought. For six years now, she has sung the National Anthem for the CASA Superhero Run, she was our number one fundraiser for the race in 2015, and she's a runner we love. Read More

Seven Principles to Unlock Your Fundraising Superpowers

Seven Principles to Unlock Your Fundraising Superpowers

Sep 06 2016

Nancy Pollard is a superhero twice over: a CASA volunteer and a superhero fundraiser. Last year, on the strength of her superhero fundraising emails, she raised more than $3,000 for CASA kids, taking the prize as the second largest fundraiser of 2015 and the fifth largest fundraiser in the history of the CASA Superhero Run. We asked her to share her advice for other superhero fundraisers and she took a break from fundraising to explain her seven principles.  Read More

Meet Volunteer Advocate Fawn Jackson-Young

Meet Volunteer Advocate Fawn Jackson-Young

Aug 30 2016

"It felt like I always had a heart for helping," explained Fawn Jackson-Young, a Utility Account Analyst who has worked for the City of Austin for 23 years. "As I got older it seemed like that heart was coming out more and more."

Fawn always devoted herself to helping others, volunteering with organizations like Family Eldercare and Foundation Communities. Her family has long since gotten used to Fawn missing family dinners to spend her holidays feeding the hungry. Read More