Resolve to Make a Difference

Spend 2018 with CASA of the Coastal Bend to help foster children in need.

By: Trista Martinez

Resolution: a firm decision to do or not to do something (Oxford English Dictionary). This term is most familiar during the holiday season, where tradition allows for a “New Year’s resolution.” The following events and opportunities highlight 2018 at CASA of the Coastal Bend, offering plenty of options for fulfilling resolutions of personal growth and giving to others.

January
Starting Jan. 3, there will be 45-minute info sessions every Wednesday at noon in CASA of the Coastal Bend’s office. The info sessions provide information for the process of becoming a CASA, the role of an advocate and why there is a constant need for advocacy.

February
Hosted by The Order of the Sparkling City & Rotary Club Corpus Christi Evening, Feb. 10 is the 14th Annual Mardi Gras Ball & Casino Night is scheduled for Feb. 10. Benefiting CASA of the Coastal Bend and Communities in Schools, this is a chance to donate an amazing auction item or even purchase a table for a night of fun, food, dancing and a little gambling.

March
Students often anticipate spring break for family outings and fun activities. However, for children in foster care, it can be a difficult time, serving as a reminder that they are not with their family. For children who have a CASA, however, it is a good time for their court-appointed special advocate to take them to do something fun. With such parks as Schlitterbahn and Hurricane Alley in Corpus Christi, donated passes for local activities to share with our advocates are always appreciated.

April
To celebrate Child Abuse Awareness Month in April, CASA hosts a “Ringing of the Bell” ceremony, open to the community to come together and fight child abuse and neglect.

May
CASA’s 13th annual 5K Run/Walk is scheduled for May 5. This year’s 5K run/walk continues to promote awareness of the urgent need for a CASA for every child in foster care, this year with a cultural twist to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Sponsorship and registration information is available on our website: coastalbendcasa.org.

June and July
Like spring break, this is also a time when our advocates can take the children they serve on fun outings with donated passes to local water parks, museums and amusement parks (i.e. Get Air, PLAY, Funtrackers). Visits to these local venues provide foster children time for fun and play without the stresses of their cases on their shoulders.

July through September
Back-to-school is often a challenging experience for the many children in foster care who often change schools and leave with next to nothing when they are removed from their homes. During this time, there are local school supply drives and donations collected that give our CASAs an opportunity to fill a new backpack with supplies so their court-assigned foster child can start the new school year just like any other student.

October and November
Join us for the 3rd Annual CASA Caddies for Kiddos golf tournament. This event will be open to sponsorships or team purchases. Funds raised from this event and CASA fundraisers enable our organization to offer free pre-service training to our potential advocates and more than 40 educations a year for our tenured advocates.

December
Donate an unwrapped new toy at a sponsored toy drive or at CASA of the Coastal Bend’s office. Our advocates dedicate a minimum of 10 to 15 hours per month toward their casework, so we try to avoid them spending money, as well. The week before Christmas, advocates select gifts or use gift cards to purchase gifts (most gifts received are for young children, and our advocates serve children from newborns to 18-year-olds, so gift cards are always a great resource to shop for older youth), and then deliver the gifts to their children in foster care.

Choose one of the many opportunities available with CASA of the Coastal Bend to help you follow through with your New Year’s resolutions and ultimately help in the journey of finding foster children their forever home!

For information concerning events, you may email Samantha at samantha@coastalbendcasa.org.
For information about becoming a volunteer, you may email Diana at diana@coastalbendcasa.org or call 361-884-2272.