Thinking Outside The Box

Thinking
Outside
The Box
Optional Ways to Help Support the CASA for Kids Mission
 
The Washington County CASA for Kids Program offers many ways for businesses and
individuals to support our CASA volunteers as they "Speak Up For A Child.”
Your donation can make a difference every day to a victimized child  by
supporting our volunteer initiatives.

Website 
Help cover the expense of maintaining our website which helps us educate others about the CASA for Kids program, recruit new volunteers, provide updated information for our volunteers and supporters and provide valuable resources/links for our volunteers and others interested in helping to make a difference in the life of abused/neglected children.
Office Space
The CASA for Kids office works as the hub of the work of the staff and volunteers and currently, we are bursting at the seams. Your donation to help cover the cost of this expense supports the important work done by the organization.
Volunteer Training
Prospective Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Volunteers must complete at least 30 hours of pre-service training. These training sessions work to educate the volunteers and help prepare them for this challenging volunteer opportunity. Costs for these training includes the printing of volunteer manuals, DVD copies for volunteer resource materials, speakers fees (if required) and food.  After being sworn in as a CASA volunteer, each volunteer, as part of National CASA standards, is asked to complete 12 hours of on-going training as part of National CASA standards. Costs for these training include speaker fees (if required) and food.
Support Services / Staff Salaries
The CASA for Kids office staff are an invaluable support network for the CASA for Kids volunteers. Whether planning training sessions, recruiting new volunteers, sharing the message of the CASA program, talking volunteers through the complicated child welfare system, lending a listening ear, supporting volunteers through court hearings, taking referrals for new cases, and more the office staff is an important link in the chain that makes up the program.
Gas / Phone Fund to reimburse volunteers 
Although cases are under the jurisdiction of Washington County, many of the children for whom the CASA volunteers advocate are located outside in foster homes, or group homes outside the county – some as many as four hours away in special programs, or special foster homes. As volunteers are asked to have face to face contact with their CASA kids at least once a month, transportation costs can be a burden. It is also quite common for volunteers to use their own personal cell phones as their CASA phone to call the children’s family members, service providers, teachers, medical provider and more, at a significant cost to them.
Volunteer Recognition Luncheon Sponsor
Once a year CASA for Kids hosts a luncheon to recognize the valuable work done by the CASA volunteers and to thank them for the work they do. Your support can help defray these costs and give much deserved appreciation to our tireless and gifted volunteers.
Conference Reimbursement 
Volunteers and staff are encouraged to attend conferences and courses to further their skills as child advocates. National CASA hosts a yearly conference to give individuals the opportunity to learn from knowledgeable presenters as well as a network with other volunteers and staff. Your donation can help defray these costs or cover the cost to send a volunteer or staff member.
Technology Needs 
As technology changes there are always needs for additional equipment to help make the CASA office run more efficiently and productively. Donations of new or gently used (good working condition) office equipment and furniture are always considered. The office also has expenses in maintaining certain databases that can be underwritten as a way to help promote the work of CASA.
Volunteer Recruitment Initiatives
Because volunteers are the heart and soul of our program, volunteer recruitment is a vital on-going need. Your choice to help us underwrite some of the costs of these initiative would be greatly appreciated. Past initiatives have included: a booth at the Washington County Fair, advertisements in local papers, speaking engagements, radio ads, bookmarks, and more. With your help, we can expand our recruitment horizons and increase the ones we currently have in place to make sure that all children in the system have a CASA volunteer.
Invite a CASA Speaker  
Consider inviting an enthusiastic CASA speaker to your place of work or group meeting to talk to attendees about supporting the mission of CASA for Kids. We can tailor each engagement to fit your time frame and needs while educating attendees as to the important role the CASA volunteer fills in the juvenile dependency system in Washington County.
CASA Colleagues 
Help support CASA by holding a fundraiser as part of a company, neighborhood, group or individual initiative. Our staff and Board will help you with all kinds of ideas to help you create and execute a successful fundraising event to support our program. Please contact us with your ideas and we will have you fill out a fundraising form, so we are better able to tell others about the fundraising events initiated by outside groups and individuals. In addition, this helps us in promoting your event when possible. 
Please contact the
CASA for Kids, Inc. of Washington County, PA
office to learn more!  
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