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COLORADO GIVES DAY
As a result of the generosity of many dedicated donors, the 2014 Colorado Gives Day was a huge success for CASA Jeffco/Gilpin. Over $53,000 was raised to help fulfill our mission to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children. When people come together to support vulnerable children, our community is strengthened and children are given hope for a better future.
2014 GIVING TREE
HOLIDAY GIVING TREE HELPS CHILDREN IN COURT SYSTEM
The 2014 Holiday Giving Tree program far exceeded expectations with increased donations, community support and children reached. Court Appointed Special Advocates of Jefferson and Gilpin Counties and the Jefferson County Division of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) collaborated to host the annual Holiday Giving Tree campaign to benefit children in the child welfare system.
CASA Jeffco/Gilpin and DCYF requested donations for children of all ages and interests and received an outpouring of support. With the help of more than 200 donors CASA Jeffco/Gilpin and DCYF were able to serve 789 kids from 357 families over the holidays. CASA volunteer, Lisa McLagan, single-handedly secured more than $1700 in cash donations for the program. “Many of these children may not look forward to the holiday season, but with programs like the Holiday Giving Tree, we were able to make this Christmas a happy one,” said Leah Varnell, executive director of CASA Jeffco/Gilpin. “It takes so little to change a child’s perception of the world around them and this is one of the ways we can collaborate with our community to have that kind of impact,” she said. The donated new toys, gifts and gift cards, gave children involved in abuse and neglect cases the chance to experience the magic of the holiday season. Gifts were collected, wrapped and delivered by volunteers and caseworkers prior to Christmas.
Sponsors helped make this program a success including contributions from Total Orthopedics in Littleton, Bristol Environmental, Coors Credit Union in Golden, The Wright Group Services, 100% Chiropractic and Rethink Real Estate Group. A number of private donations were also received as part of the program.
Every year, more than 50,000 reports of child abuse and neglect are filed and more than 11,000 children enter the child welfare system. Jefferson County, in the 1st Judicial District, has the second highest rate of child abuse cases in the state. “These children face horrors nobody should endure, but CASA Jeffco/Gilpin and the Holiday Giving Tree were able to make this time of year brighter for these kids,” Varnell said.
ONE CHILD - ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES
YOUR HELP - THEIR FUTURE
Be the difference. Every year in Colorado, more than 50,000 reports of child abuse and neglect are filed, and more than 11,000 children enter foster care.
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Jefferson and Gilpin Counties (CASA Jeffco/Gilpin) serves the 1st Judicial District, which ranked second of 22 Districts in Colorado for the number of abuse and neglect cases file in 2012.
Appointed by judges, our highly trained volunteers serve as independent investigators and advocates for abused and neglected children in Jefferson and Gilpin counties.
Our volunteers make a difference. Children with a CASA volunteer are half as likely to spend time in long-term foster care. Cases with a CASA volunteer are more likely to be permanently closed.
Anyone can be a part of CASA. Whether you donate your time, services or dollars, you can be a powerful voice in the life of a child.
NATIONAL CASA’S 35 FACES VIDEO
During this year’s 35 Faces of CASA campaign, we profiled judges, volunteers, former foster youth, CASA program staff and others, showing the breadth of the community that supports the CASA mission. We’d like to sincerely thank all the programs and staff who shared their stories with us.
This summer and fall, over a thousand photos were uploaded to the 35 Faces site by supporters, program staff and others who wanted to express their solidarity with everyone who works on behalf of abused and neglected children in America.
“I am for Cheyenne. I am for the little girl who loves pink and Hello Kitty. I am for an innocence lost at the age of six. I am for Cheyenne who must place her trust in others to navigate a world left dark through blindness. A trust that was betrayed not just by her father but by her brother as well. When playing dress up and hosting Barbie teas should have been her focus, my CASA child was trying to understand the deep scars of sex abuse. I’m for the little girl that loves slug bug and can beat me hands down in the MIX 100 “Name That Song” game…every time. I am for Cheyenne because in spite of all the evil she has faced, she has a sense of humor and warmth in her heart. She is quick with a joke or witty quip-“I’m a superstar…wanna see me shine?!” I am for Cheyenne because she has taught me that no matter the challenge, no matter the hurt, there is still goodness. The most important thing I can do is be for the CASA child who needs me.”
I am for Cheyenne.
Who am I? I am a CASA volunteer.
“I am for Matt and Greg. These two brothers have been in five different foster homes because their mother severely neglected them and did not protect them from physical abuse by her live-in boyfriend. I am for Matt who was adopted a year ago and is thriving in a loving home. I am for Greg, who is becoming a young man in a wonderful foster home. Greg, age 14, often says I am all powerful because he knows how I have advocated for nurturing foster placement, special assistance in school and for testing to determine his challenges and abilities. I am for Matt and Greg who, although separated, visit each other frequently and are learning to appreciate each other’s unique personalities. I am determined to keep searching for a safe, permanent home for Greg. I am for Matt and Greg, who have given me the privilege of earning their trust and love. To advocate for their best interests and help them overcome a tragic past gives me great meaning in this life. It is truly a gift to be part of their lives.”
I am for Matt and Greg.
Who am I? I am a CASA volunteer.
JEWELERS FOR CHILDREN RENEWS COMMITMENT TO CASA FOR CHILDREN
At their annual Facets of Hope gala on June 2, 2013, Jewelers for Children, the industry organization of jewelry retailers, manufacturers, watch companies and trade associations, announced that it would continue its support of National CASA and CASA programs throughout the country with a $500,000 contribution in 2013. Jewelers for Children is the leading private supporter of the National CASA Association and its member Programs. Through its Champions for Abused Children Initiative, the organization has contributed more than $7.4 million since 2003.
Congratulations to CASA Jeffco/Gilpin volunteer Ginny Lee! She accepted the National Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year award in Hartford, Ct. She was nominated because of her work as a CASA volunteer with CASA Jeffco/Gilpin. Ginny has been a CASA volunteer for nine years, beginning her service in October of 2004. She has served seven cases, involving 12 children. Her volunteer hours total over 1,855. Leah Varnell, Executive Director of CASA Jeffco/Gilpin, states: “She is an excellent representative of CASA. We couldn’t be more proud, or more grateful, for her involvement with and commitment to the organization.”
KAPPA ALPHA THETA
Kappa Alpha Theta was founded in 1870 as the first Greek-letter college fraternity (sorority) for women. Since 1989, the collegiate and alumnae women of Kappa Alpha Theta have been standing up and speaking up for abused and neglected children through their support of National CASA and CASA programs across the country. In 2011 alone, Kappa Alpha Theta chapters gave nearly $450,000 to CASA programs in their communities.
The Denver Alumnae Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta currently has more than 250 members. The primary functions of the group are threefold: to support the Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity both internationally and locally; to provide opportunities for social, intellectual, and moral growth of its members; and to make a positive contribution to the Denver community. Proceeds from their annual fundraising event, “Hearts and Heels”, help support local CASA programs.
In addition, in the fall of 2012, the Denver Alumnae Chapter donated many blankets, made by their members, to CASA Jeffco/Gilpin for CASA children and their families. On behalf of CASA Jeffco/Gilpin’s children our volunteers advocate for, we thank you for your generosity and kindness offered to child abuse victims.