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
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
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
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
Jun 28 2017
Texanna Turner knew she would be a special education teacher ever since the second grade. That’s when she first saw reports that public schools would begin enrolling children with developmental disabilities.
As the eleventh of thirteen children in northeast Arkansas, her path to earning her master’s degree and becoming a middle school principal wasn’t easy, but she could always rely on her family’s support. “We were a poor family but we learned how to take care of each other,” she says. “My older siblings took care of us. I knew I could do that for others and that’s always what guided me.” Read More
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