Jan 02 2013
By Callie Langford
It’s the beginning of 2013 and that means it is resolution time for many of us. Some resolutions may have already been made and broken over the past 2 days, and some may be going strong (keep up the good work). Whatever great personal resolutions you have made, we hope you’ll consider an additional but very meaningful New Year’s resolution for CASA.
My personal CASA resolution is to make sure even more of the local Austin media outlets know and are talking about CASA and our great volunteer opportunities.
To help you out, we’ve got resolution options for whichever role you currently play helping children here in Austin who’ve experienced abuse or neglect, and don’t be afraid to get creative and make up your own original resolution for helping CASA:
I resolve to complete my volunteer training as soon as possible so I can be sworn-in and take my very first case. I will check out the training schedule and figure out my plan for the remaining classes and court observation hours I need.
I resolve to strongly renew my commitment to the children I am currently serving and to enhance my advocacy skills by participating in more continuing education activities and workshops.
I resolve to get in touch with my CASA supervisor and take on a new case to help even more children in need. If I can’t do that right now, I resolve to help CASA by recruiting my friends to volunteer, making a financial contribution or fundraising for CASA (see Resolutions #5, #6 and #7 for more info).
I resolve to make sure more of my friends, family and coworkers know about the great work CASA is doing for children, and to introduce potential volunteers to the program through an Open House or the volunteer team. I know that the majority of new volunteers come in through a friend who tells them about the program, and I want to spread the word about CASA!
I resolve to become a sustaining donor by making a recurring gift of $5, $10, $25 or more to CASA each month. I know that my sustaining gifts will help CASA grow to serve more children in need here in Austin and am happy to give what I can throughout the year.
I resolve to ask my friends, family and coworkers to do what they can to help CASA by participating in a fundraising program like the CASA Superhero Run in the fall, or the upcoming Amplify Austin (more info to come about how you can help with this!), or by working with CASA’s Development Director, Robin Bradford, to introduce new potential donors to CASA. I know that I can contribute a lot to CASA by uniting my networks to give what they can to support children in need.
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