News/Events

In Case of Inclement Weather

January 13, 2020

With winter upon us, please note that in the case of inclement weather:

YWCA will operate consistent with Clark County office closures. If the Clark County offices are closed, the YWCA Community Office will be closed and volunteer training scheduled will be canceled.

To find out the latest closure status check the radio, TV news,
or the Internet http://www.flashalert.net/news.html?id=642.

January 8, 2020

We want to thank Fairway Coffee for hosting our 2nd Coffee with CASA event this past Saturday!  Owner and Managing Member Amy Bernash and her team at Fairway opened their doors and provided a large space for us to share more about CASA and our volunteer opportunities.  We felt very encouraged by the response from the community and her patrons and are in the process of welcoming some new volunteers to participate in our winter training cycle who attended the event!

If you were unable to make it to our event this past weekend but are interested in learning more about how you can become a volunteer over coffee please join us Saturday, February 1st at 10:45a.m. at Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar at 205 E 39th St. Vancouver, WA 98663 in their Garden Room.  Owner, Scott Flury  and his team have created a cozy environment that frequently holds neighborhood events and fundraisers for local non-profits including CASA!  We’ll have a carafe of coffee to share with those who approach us and want to learn more about our program and how to get involved as a volunteer.  We’re looking forward to reaching more of Clark County and expanding our presence and ability to further impact foster youth.

CASA Information Sessions

Clark County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) is hosting multiple 1-hour informational sessions for interested volunteers or community members who want to learn more about the program.

  • Thursday, Feb. 13 at Noon
  • Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 6:00pm
  • Monday, March 2 at Noon
  • Tuesday, March 10 at 6:00pm

CASA volunteers advocate for the best interest of children who have come into the state’s care as a result of abuse, neglect, or abandonment. All are welcome to join us in the Community Room at YWCA, 3609 Main Street, Vancouver. You may also visits us at https://www.facebook.com/casaclarkcounty/ or email our Volunteer Specialist at kbenzel@ywcaclarkcounty.org.

The program’s vision is that volunteers from the community engage in the process to provide a unique perspective to the court about the child’s immediate needs and long-term permanency. Clark County CASA is a program of YWCA Clark County.

Upcoming CASA Information Sessions

December 11, 2019

Clark County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) is hosting multiple 1-hour informational sessions for interested volunteers or community members who want to learn more about the program.

Monday January 6th at 12:00 noon

Monday January 6th at 6:00p.m.

Thursday February 13th at 12:00 noon

Tuesday February 18th at 6:00p.m.

CASA volunteers advocate for the best interest of children who have come into the state’s care as a result of abuse, neglect, or abandonment. All are welcome to join us in the Community Room at YWCA, 3609 Main Street, Vancouver. You may also visits us at https://www.facebook.com/events/527307104765411/ or email our Volunteer Specialist at kbenzel@ywcaclarkcounty.org.

The program’s vision is that volunteers from the community engage in the process to provide a unique perspective to the court about the child’s immediate needs and long-term permanency. Clark County CASA is a program of YWCA Clark County.

Coffee with CASA

December 9, 2019

This past weekend we held our first Coffee with CASA event at Paper Tiger Coffee Roasters!  Owners Kenny and Sue Fletcher opened their place of business to allow CASA to host a table and share more about our program and volunteer opportunities with their incoming patrons.  In addition to providing a welcoming space they also offered a drink special for those that showed an interest in becoming a CASA and took the opportunity to learn more about how they could impact a child’s life as a volunteer.  We are grateful for the opportunity to engage with our local community and thankful for Paper Tiger staff for supporting our mission to bring awareness to CASA.

If you were unable to make it to our event this past weekend but are interested in learning more about how you can become a volunteer over coffee please join us Saturday, January 4th at 9:00a.m. at Fairway Coffee at 11504 NE 119th St, Vancouver, WA 98662.  Amy Bernash, Owner and Managing Member and her team will host CASA and will also provide an incentive for patrons to engage with our CASA team over coffee.  We’re looking forward to reaching more of Clark County and expanding our presence and ability to further impact foster youth.

Upcoming CASA Information Sessions

November 19, 2019

Clark County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) is hosting multiple 1-hour informational sessions for interested volunteers or community members who want to learn more about the program.

Wednesday December 2nd at 6:00p.m.

Tuesday December 10th at 12:00 noon

Monday January 6th at 12:00 noon

Monday January 6th at 6:00p.m.

CASA volunteers advocate for the best interest of children who have come into the state’s care as a result of abuse, neglect, or abandonment. All are welcome to join us in the Community Room at YWCA, 3609 Main Street, Vancouver. You may also visits us at https://www.facebook.com/events/527307104765411/ or email our Volunteer Specialist at kbenzel@ywcaclarkcounty.org.

The program’s vision is that volunteers from the community engage in the process to provide a unique perspective to the court about the child’s immediate needs and long-term permanency. Clark County CASA is a program of YWCA Clark County.

Welcome To Our New Volunteers!

November 9, 2019

On Thursday the 7th we were pleased to see nine new CASA volunteers sworn in!  This group from our community completed both CASA training and the YWCA core training required and are now ready to start representing the voice of a child in court.  They join our other 116 volunteers who are providing an invaluable service to the foster youth of Clark County.  As a program contracted to serve every youth that enters into the foster care system as a result of abuse or neglect we are reliant upon these amazing volunteers to help support our efforts in ensuring that each child is able to establish a safe and permanent home as quickly as possible.  Thank you for making a commitment to CASA and to these children!

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Upcoming Information Sessions

November 6, 2019

Clark County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) is hosting multiple 1-hour informational sessions for interested volunteers or community members who want to learn more about the program.

Thursday November 14th at 12:00 noon

Wednesday December 2nd at 6:00p.m.

Tuesday December 10th at 12:00 noon

CASA volunteers advocate for the best interest of children who have come into the state’s care as a result of abuse, neglect, or abandonment. All are welcome to join us in the Community Room at YWCA, 3609 Main Street, Vancouver. You may also visits us at https://www.facebook.com/events/527307104765411/ or email our Volunteer Specialist at kbenzel@ywcaclarkcounty.org.

The program’s vision is that volunteers from the community engage in the process to provide a unique perspective to the court about the child’s immediate needs and long-term permanency. Clark County CASA is a program of YWCA Clark County.

CASA Information Session November 6th

Clark County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) is hosting a 1-hour informational session on Wednesday November 6th from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. for interested volunteers or community members who want to learn more about the program. CASA volunteers advocate for the best interest of children who have come into the state’s care as a result of abuse, neglect, or abandonment. All are welcome to join us in the Community Room at YWCA, 3609 Main Street, Vancouver. You may also visits us at https://www.facebook.com/events/527307104765411/ or email our Volunteer Specialist at kbenzel@ywcaclarkcounty.org.

The program’s vision is that volunteers from the community engage in the process to provide a unique perspective to the court about the child’s immediate needs and long-term permanency. Clark County CASA is a program of YWCA Clark County.

October Community Partner – Davidson & Associates Insurance

October 4, 2019

We’re partnering with Davidson & Associates Insurance as a community partner for the month of October!  For every referral that Davidson & Associates receives they will donate $25 to our CASA program.  Simply by meeting with one of their knowledgeable staff for a free, no obligation insurance quote you can help support the work we do to support foster youth through the dependency system.  They have a wide scope of insurance coverage options including auto, home, business and life insurance and have been identified as “Best in Business” for four years running by the Vancouver Business Journal.  It’s easy to see why as one of their core values is identified as being service oriented – to honor their clients, partners, and community through gifts and acts of service.  They routinely practice this by partnering with local non-profits each month as a rewards partner.  To see our feature and find out more about the products they offer please visit their website at: https://www.davidsoninsurance.com/referral-rewards-partner-of-the-month.  You’ll also read testimonials from happy clients who have identified the agency as going above and beyond to meet their needs and deliver an honest and personal approach.  Thank you Davidson & Associates for your support of our CASA program and local foster youth in Clark County!