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.