Building Permanency for Kids: Safety, consistency, normalcy and more

Building Permanency for Kids: Safety, consistency, normalcy and more

Mar 15 2016

From time to time, it is important for organizations to look at the terminology that they use and to ensure that the words we say reflect who we are and what we want to achieve. As we are in the midst of Settlement Week this week, it seemed an apt time for us to focus on the idea of "permanency." Read More

What music means to CASA kids

What music means to CASA kids

Mar 07 2016

With SXSW and Amplify Austin rapidly approaching, it feels like everyone in our city has music on the brain. At CASA of Travis County, we've been thinking about what music means to some of the children we serve.

For one girl in our care, music means community and stability. She was proud to play the trumpet in her school band and, through practices, playing at games and band camps, she built a solid circle of support.  Read More

The Court Calls a CASA! A Tribute to Dr. Seuss

The Court Calls a CASA! A Tribute to Dr. Seuss

Mar 02 2016

In the county of Travoodle,
In the Lone Springle State,
Where the hippies were dippy,
And the music played late. Read More

Donating Your Influence During Amplify Austin

Donating Your Influence During Amplify Austin

Feb 25 2016

One of the most important concepts in creating a movement of donors and volunteers to work for the best possible outcome for children is that of social proof, the idea that seeing a person you trust perform an action lends credence and makes it easier for you to do the same. Knowing that a friend supports CASA, as a volunteer or a donor or just as a person who cares about kids, makes it easier to take the leap to getting involved. The act of providing social proof is another way that supporters donate. It's a donation of influence. Read More

Introducing Board President Ben Rubenstein

Introducing Board President Ben Rubenstein

Feb 15 2016

Last year Bloomerang published a list of “8 Attributes Of An Outstanding Nonprofit Board Chairman.” The top three attributes they listed were the ability to see the big picture, exuding enthusiasm, and a personal commitment to the nonprofit. Those three attributes happen to be perfect descriptors for our 2016 Board President Ben Rubenstein.

Ben sees the big picture and this was clearly a skill he developed early in life. Ben went to college at the University of Pennsylvania where he studied diplomatic history, international relations and Latin American studies. “I studied diplomacy, and that’s very important in the workplace,” said Ben of his chosen fields of study.  Read More