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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!

CASA Information Session Wednesday October 9th

October 2, 2019

Clark County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) is hosting a 1-hour informational session on Wednesday October 9th 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.

CASA Information Sessions

Upcoming Dates:

  • Wednesday, October 9th at 12:00pm
  • Tuesday, October 15th at 6:00pm

Clark County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) is hosting a 1-hour informational session 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 email our Volunteer Specialist at kbenzel@ywcaclarkcounty.org.

 

National CASA Grant Moves Clark County CASA Closer to Goal

August 9, 2019

Care about the Kids in Our Community by Supporting CASA

We have wonderful news to share!

We received a grant from the National CASA Association to support the Clark County CASA and YWCA of Clark County’s “Change a Child’s Story” joint fundraising campaign! National CASA will fund $29,000 per year for two years to support a Volunteer Recruiter for 20 hours a week.

This generous grant moves us nearly halfway to our goal of raising $120,000 by Aug. 31 so that we can welcome a full-time Volunteer Recruiter to the CASA team and retain a Program Specialist position.

This Recruiter position is key to ensure that the majority of at-risk children we serve are paired with a volunteer. Research tells us that children in our care do best when they have a committed volunteer advocating on their behalf. Having a dedicated Recruiter focus on bringing more volunteer advocates to the ranks is just one of our strategies to better serve the children of Clark County.

Recruiting committed volunteers takes a special person. That is why we are so grateful for National CASA’s support. With financial help from the community, we should soon be able to begin our search for a Recruiter.

Why we are asking for community support

The recent loss of a key funder meant CASA and the YWCA had to seek new sources of support. Since the campaign launched in July, the community has stepped up with over $22,000 in donations.

“The expiration of a federal grant this summer left a critical gap in our ability to recruit and support volunteers, who are the lifeblood of CASA’s mission,” said Sheryl Thierry, Director of Clark County CASA. “YWCA and CASA have developed a strategy and revised budget for the program that will greatly strengthen Clark County CASA in the future, enabling it to better serve our most vulnerable children.”

But, Thierry says, “we need to fill that funding gap before we can set our new direction. The National CASA grant moves us much closer to our goal.”

YWCA’s Board of Directors is 100% committed to the campaign. Along with other key donors, they have agreed to match the first $15,000 raised through community donations.

“We would love to see the community match that amount through online donations,” said Board President Sherri Falkner.

CASA’s role and community impact

No one knows better than our volunteers how their work can change a child’s life.

Clark County resident Louise Liston, a CASA volunteer, knows how powerful the CASA role can be.

“As a CASA I work together with a team of professionals to ensure that the best interest of our communities most vulnerable children is served,” says Liston. “I feel fortunate to have been given this opportunity to work directly with the child and their families.”

Judy Walter, a CASA since 2014, says it has been the most rewarding volunteer role of her life.

“I have worked with many kids and their families over the last 5 years. I’ve lost some sleep, shed some tears, but have never considered quitting because these kids and families need CASA volunteers like me,” Walter says.

Walter’s CASA work was so impactful to the lives of children that she was named Washington State’s Volunteer of the Year in 2017.

“I really do love being a CASA, because I know first hand what a difference we make for these kids and our community,” says Walter. “I hope you can find it in your hearts to donate to the YWCA CASA program and help kids like those I work with. CASA needs help financially and more dedicated volunteers who care about the kids in our community.”

If you would like to make a positive impact in the life of a child today, please visit CASA Clark County’s Donation Page or read more about the Change a Child’s Story! campaign.

Making a Difference: CASA works to Protect Our Most Vulnerable Children

July 3, 2019

The boy, tiny for his seven years, sat quietly in the room with the adults. They were there to tell him he’d be moving — again — to yet another foster home. A new family, new neighborhood, new school, new everything.

Everything except for his friend, Judy Walter. A volunteer with Clark County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), Judy had been with the child through every move during the past three years. The boy’s brown eyes rested on Walter, seeking reassurance.

“Don’t you worry,” she said. “Miss Judy’s going to be there with you. Isn’t she always?”

The brown eyes lit up. “Yes!” he said.

“He’s tearing at my heartstrings,” Walter said later. “We’re having a tough time finding a final foster home that’s right for him, so he can be adopted. I have been the only constant in his life during this period. And I’ll be there for him until he finds the right home.”

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Volunteer Spotlight & Partnership with Alaska Airlines

May 24, 2019

Emily Edwards (pictured left) and Julie Haro (pictured right) are Clark County CASA Volunteers but they have something else in common—they both work for Alaska Airlines. Emily and Julie found their way to the CASA program from different paths but they both bring a level of compassion and dedication that comes from the heart.

Making a Difference

Emily joined our program in 2016 and she says “My inspiration is the lasting change and positive impact that comes from my participation with CASA and being involved in a more in-depth way with the families and lives that make up Clark County. I feel most accomplished knowing that I played a role in the kids returning to a safe and happy home where they feel loved and wanted. Spending time with a child to learn about them so I can be their voice is one of the most rewarding things about being a CASA. Providing consistency and loyalty to stay with them throughout the case is one of my greatest contributions. The CASA Program is a great place to volunteer for a person who really wants to help the community but most of all to help a child’s voice be heard.”

Julie joined our program just recently in March 2019 and she saysBefore I became a foster parent in 2010, I had never even heard of the CASA program. After our first placement in 2011, I met the CASA volunteer and was so touched that this woman volunteered her time for vulnerable children in our community. I then realized just how important the CASA program is for the well-being and justice of foster children. I knew that after I moved on from fostering children, my next journey would be with CASA. I feel honored to be a part of such a critical and wonderful program. Volunteering opens your eyes, your heart. If you’re looking for a way to enrich your life, join CASA.”

Getting Involved

In order to encourage staff to volunteer in areas they are passionate about, Alaska Airlines provides support for some of the time employees spend volunteering. We are so grateful that Emily and Julie have chosen to volunteer for CASA and that Alaska Airlines is behind them all the way.

You too can volunteer with CASA. Join us at any of the upcoming one-hour long CASA of Clark County Information Nights:

  • Monday, July 8th at 6:00pm
  • Wednesday, July 17th at12:00pm
  • Tuesday, August 13th at 6:00pm
  • Wednesday, August 21st at 12:00pm

Thank you Emily, Julie, and our wonderful community partner, Alaska Airlines!