Runners We Love: #BrianPartyOfFive

Runners We Love: #BrianPartyOfFive

Aug 04 2017

For the Brian family, being a superhero is a job that begins before you even start walking. About to enter their sixth year of the CASA Superhero Run, they started running after Julia stumbled on a Facebook post. She knew that her son, Will, then two years old, was developing a fascination with superheroes, so she signed up. She and Jason ran the race and Will came along in a stroller. They had a great time at the race and Will loved meeting all of the superheroes, but what really sold them on making the CASA Superhero Run a yearly event was someone they met along the way. This woman was an adult now, but had grown up in foster care and was running with the woman who had been her CASA volunteer back when she was a child. Meeting this woman and her former CASA volunteer helped the Brians understand what it was they were running for, and they decided to come back again the next year and for four more after that. Read More

A Different Kind of Summer Travel

A Different Kind of Summer Travel

Jul 25 2017

It’s summer in Texas and, as the temperature climbs into triple digits, many of us are dreaming of travelling to chillier climates. By necessity, CASA volunteers learn to balance their plans to visit family or see new cities while still keeping up with their requirements to see the children on their cases face to face a minimum of once per month. They know that keeping up these regular visits allows them to build and maintain a relationship with the children and, sometimes more importantly, gives them the chance to lay eyes on the children, to see that they are healthy and their placement is safe. Read More

Top 10 Reasons to Volunteer with CASA: 2017 Edition

Top 10 Reasons to Volunteer with CASA: 2017 Edition

Jul 19 2017

Years ago in one of our earliest blog posts, former CASA volunteer Marissa Marquez shared her "Top 10 Reasons to be a CASA Volunteer." This was her countdown:

10 - To add experience in your resume
9 - To develop people skills & communication skills
8 - To develop new job skills
7 - To have fun!
6 - Allows you to explore possible career paths
5 - To build on your self-esteem and self-confidence Read More

Runners We Love: Christophe Ponsart and the Team at OnPrem

Runners We Love: Christophe Ponsart and the Team at OnPrem

Jul 13 2017

On September 18th, 2016, Christophe Ponsart put on a green and yellow body suit and headed to the Domain for the CASA Superhero Run. It was a plan that was set into motion months earlier when the Outreach Pod, the team of staff members at his office who also plan activities to build a positive office culture, approached him. They had an idea for fundraising that involved transforming him into Michelangelo, the Ninja Turtle.

OnPrem, where Christophe is a Founding Partner, is a consulting and software development firm, which opened an Innovation and Development Center in Austin three years ago. True to form, the Outreach Pod approached fundraising in the most consultant way possible. Read More

In Pursuit of “Independence”

In Pursuit of “Independence”

Jul 03 2017

We like to think of ourselves as independent. We wake ourselves up, drive ourselves to our grown-up jobs and do our own laundry. We floss, or if we don’t floss we make our own appointments at the dentist. This weekend some of us even managed to go grocery shopping before our cupboards were entirely bare. In short, we are “independent” adults.

It’s not until something goes wrong that we realize just how very interdependent we are. This morning I helped a colleague whose email stopped syncing to her phone. I emailed a friend to ask for advice on buying a new laptop. When situations get particularly dire, I call my dad. And heaven forbid I get a flat tire, because I might as well just abandon the car and start over. Still, I’m “independent.” Read More