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Top Donors

What we do here at Great Plains CASA for Kids would not be possible without the generous help of our donors. We would like to take this time to sincerely thank those business and individuals that have given large monetary amounts to help further our cause. Our large donors and donations include:

  • First National Bank of Hereford       $118,000
  • Harrington Foundation                    $75, 000
  • Mary E. Bivins Foundation              $75,000
  • Caviness                                         $10, 000
  • Women’s Philanthropy Fund           $10, 000
  • Scott & Karen Keeling                     $2,500

 

Our vision here is that every child has a CASA, but our dream goes farther than that. With the help from these donations our plan is to remodel and give our five counties a new state-of-the-art CASA office. We will have a library with computers where our volunteers can come in and do more extensive research for their cases. We will have a visitation room that will be audio and visually recorded to better serve our children and their parents. We will have more offices for staff members, in the hopes of growing our program, so we can serve more children. We will have larger training facilities with state of the art technology so we can better prepare our volunteers to advocate for the children. We will also continue to hold drug, alcohol, and parenting classes so the parents of the children we serve can continue to work their services to better themselves, in hopes of being reunited with their children.

We would also like to take this time to thank those businesses and individuals that have given other monetary donations. Every penny helps and those small donations add up quickly; so if you have ever donated to Great Plains CASA for Kids we would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

 

Sincerely,

Great Plains CASA for Kids

May Update

To kick the month of May off, Great Plains CASA for Kids will be hosting a Golf Tournament, Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6, at the John Pitman Golf Course in Hereford, TX. The game is two-man low-ball and the entry fee per team is $200. Start time is at 8:00AM both days and lunch and beverages will be provided.

The following week, on Thursday, May 10 L’Allegra will be hosting a plant sale and cheeseburger lunch at Lone Star Home and Garden. All of the plant sale proceeds will be donated to Great Plains CASA for kids and the cheeseburger lunch is by donation only. The plant sale will last from 9:00AM – 4:00PM and the lunch will be from 11:00AM – 2:00PM.

For more information about our events throughout the month visit our Events page.

As we wrap up National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, we would like to leave you with some alarming statistics that we hope will motivate you to speak out and report child abuse or even become a CASA volunteer!

In 2017 in Texas:

  • 63,657 confirmed victims of child abuse
  • 172 children died from abuse or neglect
  • 19,782 children were removed from their home due to abuse or neglect
  • 60% of child abuse victims were 6 years old or younger
  • 50,293 children were in the child protection system
  • More than 20,000 children did not have a CASA volunteer to speak up for their best interest.
  • 14 CASA volunteers advocated for 54 children in the child protection system in the 5 counties that we serve (Oldham, Deaf Smith, Parmer, Castro, Bailey)
  • Every 8 minutes a child in Texas is a victim of abuse or neglect
  • In 2017, there were 437 confirmed victims of child abuse in the 5 counties that we serve (Oldham, Deaf Smith, Parmer, Castro, and Bailey)

 

Sincerely,

Great Plains CASA for Kids

 

 

New Swear-In’s

We are beyond excited that our two new staff members, Paige Baker and Natalie Pugh, have both been sworn in at the Oldham County Court House. The Oath being said by Paige and Natalie and all incoming CASA volunteers states that:

“I will faithfully execute the duties of a Court Appointed Special Advocate…preserve the confidentiality of any and all information received, holding all such matters in strictest confidence, to be divulged only in accordance with the rules and guidelines of the courts, and then, only in the furtherance of the best interests of the child or children. And I furthermore promise and pledge that as a Court Appointed Special Advocate, in carrying out my duties as such, the paramount concern will be the best interests of the child or children to whom I may be assigned.”

Pictured above left to right: Natalie Pugh, Director of Advocacy, Judge Carry Baker, Paige Baker, Director of Volunteer Recruitment and Training

Pictured above: Natalie Pugh and Paige Baker swearing in to become a Great Plains CASA Staff Member.

National Child Abuse Prevention Month

We are going to be SUPER BUSY during the month of April!

April is designated as National Child Abuse Prevention Month and Great Plains CASA for Kids will be hosting many events.

There will be a cookout on Saturday April 14th at Dameron Park in Hereford from 11:00AM to 2:00PM. For a $5.00 donation, you can get a hamburger, drink, chips, dessert, and elote. There will also be outdoor games, music, prizes and bounce houses. CASA Cookout Flyer

On Sunday April 29th Nazarene Family Church in Hereford will be hosting Blue Sunday at 5:00PM (ALL CHURCHES WELCOME). Blue Sunday is a time for the church congregation to pray over children that have been abused. There will be a short skit put on by the different youth groups, followed by a time of prayer and then hamburgers. We ask that anyone who comes, please bring your favorite dessert. Blue Sunday Flyer

Also, during the month of April we will be traveling to local schools and businesses asking if they will participate in our “Peeps Challenge”. The peeps challenge will consist of seeing how many peeps (marshmallows dipped in colorful sugar) one can fit in their mouth and if they can say “Make a peep, don’t be afraid to speak”. Children in abusive homes can’t always use their own voice, but we as adults can be a voice for them. If an abused child comes to you for help or if you see that a child is being abused, please tell someone. Call the National Child Abuse Hotline and get help for them. We at CASA are speaking out against child abuse this April with our Peeps Challenge.

We will also be out in the community passing out blue light bulbs for a $1 donation to light up the community blue in honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

 

Below you are a few opportunities for our volunteers if they are needing In-Service hours.

Volunteer In-Service Opportunities

EPI Meeting

Adolescent Methamphetamine Trends in Deaf Smith County

Thursday April 19, 2018

Hereford Community Center 100 Ave. C

12:00PM – 1:30PM

RSVP to Diane Wilson at diane.wilson@mccaod.com

*Pizza served for lunch

 

CASA 69 Human Trafficking Prevention & Awareness

Saturday April 21, 2018

Embassy Suites 550 S. Buchanan St. Amarillo, TX

9:00AM – 3:00PM

RSVP at Eventbrite

*Lunch provided

** survivor of human trafficking will be speaking

 

All of our activities will be posted on our Great Plains CASA for Kids, Inc. Facebook page and a calendar of events can be found on our Events tab.

 

Check back next month to see what we will be doing in the Month of May!

 

Sincerely,

Great Plains CASA for Kids

New Staff!

Welcome!

Sorry it has been so long since we posted but we hope to start being better about that! Our goal is to post a blog once a month, whether that be just an update about what we are doing in our 5 counties or about a specific topic we covered in our volunteer in-service/training. However, with this post we are excited to welcome two new full time staff members to our team!

Paige Baker is our new Director of Volunteer Recruitment and Training. She is from Wichita, Kansas but lives here in Hereford and has her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Wichita State University. One fun fact about Paige is that she loves animals.

Natalie Pugh is our new Director of Advocacy. She is from Abernathy, Texas but lives in Canyon. She has her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Media and Communications and her Master of Arts in Communication, both from West Texas A&M University. One fun fact about Natalie is that she loves to slalom water ski.

Be on the lookout for some BIG events we will be having in April for National Child Abuse Prevention Month and check back in April for our next post!

 

Sincerely,

Great Plains CASA for Kids

OPTIMA

We now have a great resource available for our staff and volunteers for casework.  Please talk to CASA staff about how you can start using our OPTIMA database.  Here is a quick and easy link to get to the program.

Click the logo above to go to our Optima login page.