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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 third 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.
COLORADO GIVES DAY 2013
COLORADO GIVES DAY is on December 10, 2013. Last year, Coloradans showed astonishing support for local nonprofits by donating $15.4 million in just 24 hours. CASA of Jefferson and Gilpin Counties (CASA Jeffco/Gilpin) received $9,568.22 through 64 donations. We would like to thank you again for your continued support and generosity! This year we are going to reach for the stars by setting our Fundraising Goal for Colorado Gives Day at $18,000. This will help CASA Jeffco/Gilpin recruit and train 15 volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children. We know that we will reach this goal WITH YOUR HELP!
Here are some easy ways to help us get the word out about CASA Jeffco/Gilpin and Colorado Gives Day:
• Put the Colorado Gives Day logo and a brief description on the bottom of your e-mails. An example:
“Please support CASA of Jefferson and Gilpin Counties by donating during Colorado Gives Day on December 10th, 2013, at http://www.coloradogives.org or at http://www.casajeffcogilpin.com.”
• Go to the Colorado Gives website (http://www.coloradogives.org) and set up your own personal fundraising page for CASA Jeffco/Gilpin. It is easy to create and we can help you! Take a look at the page https://www.coloradogives.org/MelissaCASA.
• “Like” the CASA of Jefferson and Gilpin Counties Facebook page to receive updates.
Let’s see what we can do this year…we know together we can do great things!
THE MAGICAL MILE GALA 2013 - HIGHWAY OF HOPE
The glow of the harvest moon greeted guests as they arrived at the Westin Westminster on September 21st for CASA Jeffco/Gilpin’s Magical Mile Gala. And magical it was: a truly memorable evening as over 200 guests enjoyed mingling with old friends and meeting new ones. Following cocktail hour, Anastasiya Bolton of Channel 9 News served as emcee and welcomed guests as they gathered in the dining room.
The Program told a compelling story of why CASA Jeffco/Gilpin needs community support to continue our mission to provide advocacy for child abuse and neglect victims. Leah Varnell, Executive Director of CASA Jeffco/Gilpin, emphasized the need to acquaint the public of the alarming number of child abuse cases in Colorado and in the 1st Judicial District of Jefferson and Gilpin counties. Mark Duffy, of Denver Retirement Partners and Board member, spoke of why he is passionate about CASA’s critical mission to help the most vulnerable children in our community. Three CASA volunteers took center stage and each spoke of a child who has benefited from their advocacy.
“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.”
2013 METRO DENVER COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATES (CASA) COLLABORATIVE TRAINING
Approximately 170 Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA volunteers), Guardian ad litem attorneys and other professionals attended the annual event on April 13, held at the Mile Hi Church community center. CASA volunteers are appointed by the Court to advocate for abused and neglected children’s best interests in areas of health, education, foster placement and most importantly, permanency in a safe, stable home. Colorado Supreme Court Justice Brian Boatright was the keynote speaker. Justice Boatright emphasized that not only is a CASA volunteer the eyes and ears for the Court in a child abuse and neglect case but most importantly, the voice for the child. Dr. Jerry Yager, a clinical Psychologist with more than 25 years of experience in the assessment and treatment of traumatized children and adolescents, presented information that is crucial to understanding youth who have suffered from abuse and neglect. Adam Robe, a child welfare professional and author dedicated to helping children in need, shared his personal story of abandonment at age five and discussed the emotional impact of foster care on children. Adam is the author of “Robbie Rabbit” and other books that can be used as tools to help children who are going through a difficult time.
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.
CASA Jeffco/Gilpin is proud to partner with Loving Hugs, Inc.
Their mission is to bring comfort and aid to children by providing cuddly stuffed animals to children in need of a hug. Donations of stuffed animals from Loving Hugs, Inc. will help tremendously to ease the pain and anxiety of child abuse victims and help in their transition to a new environment. The staff and volunteers at CASA Jeffco/Gilpin look forward to passing on these stuffed animals to the children we serve.