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Continuing Education

Tuesday April 23rd
5:30-7:30 PM
Watsonville Public Library | 275 Main St #100, Watsonville

Wednesday May 29th
11:30-2:00 PM
COE Pac/Ocean Room | 400 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz


Current Events

Dear Advocates, Friends of CASA, Board Members and Volunteers, please join us for our annual Volunteer Appreciation Picnic. CASA staff will celebrate the success and dedication of all our volunteers!

Saturday May 4th | 12-3pm
DeLaveaga Park (Forty Thieves Area) in Santa Cruz (850 Branciforte Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95065)

When is lunch worth $100?
When it supports the CASA Children's Fund!
The Friends of CASA invite you to the 15th Annual For the Love of Children Luncheon on Wednesday, February 13, 11:15 a.m. at Severino's Grill in Aptos. Click for more info and to reserve your spot.

The Rental Assistant Program (RAP) serves low income families with children or disabled and elderly (60 years of age or older) households.

CASA will have a table at the Dignity Health Aging Young Event taking place on Saturday, November 10, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Cocoanut Grove, 400 Beach St., Santa Cruz.

Cita will get all the materials ready for you. You just need to share your love of CASA and invite our community to learn more.

Please email cita@casaofsantacruz.org if you can help.

Thank you!

Please join us for Imagine 2018 on Sept 30. This will be a special afternoon to support the only organization dedicated to being the voice for children and youth in foster care, CASA of Santa Cruz County. Enjoy lavish hors d'oeuvres, desserts, wine and beer in the exquisite setting on the hill at the Chaminade. Hear powerful stories from former foster youth and what it has meant for them to have an Advocate with them on their journey.

Come bid on amazing auction items—wine packages, exotic vacations (Hawaii, Costa Rica, and more), and many items crafted and donated by local artists and community members. There truly is something for everyone.

Special offer for CASA advocates at Glow Candle Lounge

Wednesdays, 3:00 p.m.
Watsonville Main Library Storytime Room


Free Stuff

Friday March 29th
6:00-8:00 PM
Watsonville Cyclery | 25 E 5th St # 101, Watsonville

Free entrance to MOD for advocates & CASA children.


Announcements

Shockingly in our country, nearly ¼ of all child abuse victims are under the age of one.  And in Santa Cruz, nearly 40% of the children who were found to be victims of abuse were under the age of two. Knowing that raising healthy children starts at day one and hearing these statistics, how can we not be moved to act? Read the full article.

The generous employees of Bay Federal Credit Union sponsored and installed pinwheels on the CASA house fence in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Every pinwheel is a reminder of the 400 abused children in foster care every year. The pinwheels are a physical representation of the hope we have for a safe and happy childhood for each child.
See photos from our event HERE.

Not everyone can be a CASA volunteer, but everyone can be an advocate by taking steps to make our community safer for children. Working together, we can prevent abuse and neglect so that every child in Santa Cruz County has an opportunity to live and thrive in a safe, caring, healthy home.

Join us on April 11 at Artisan's Gallery @artisansscruz for wine and shopping, while 20% of sales goes to CASA of Santa Cruz County!

CASA of Santa Cruz County is proud to announce that Lynda Leigh, a long-time CASA volunteer Advocate has won the Cesar E. Chavez Award in the Adult Role Model category. The awards ceremony was held on March 28, 6:00 PM in the City of Watsonville Community Room

CASA of Santa Cruz County recently welcomed new members to their Board of Directors, Linda Bixby, Matt Gianelli, Chris Sheehy, and Andrea Willy. The new members join a very committed and active Board led by Nancy Gordon, President; Chris Sheehy, Vice President; Phuong Mayer, Treasurer; and Sesario Escoto, Secretary.

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the "For the Love of Children Luncheon" last week. And thank you so much to our sponsors: Bontadelli Farms, John Lehr, Janis Ost, Diane and Doug Deaver, Esther Sylvan, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Bay Federal Credit Union, Plantronics Inc., Kaiser Permanente, ADR Services. We are stronger with your support!

CASA is selling these delicious hand-made organic chocolates and jars of local sage honey to support the CASA Children's Fund - it's not too late to get yours. $20 for a box of chocolates or $15 for an 8-oz jar of honey or 3 jars for $40. The Children's Fund empowers Advocates to purchase special items that enrich or just add normalcy to a CASA child's life. Please email Lyndsey if you want to purchase some goodies. lyndsey@casaofsantacruz.org

"I am struck by the fact that CASA is an integral part of the system or “family” that is raising the dependent children of Santa Cruz. "
Read the full article.

CASA of Santa Cruz County lost an important member of our CASA family on November 19, 2018. During his more than 15 years as a dedicated CASA Advocate, Dave Bartlett supported and mentored nine children and youth; and in 2003 was chosen from thousands of Advocates nationwide as National Child Advocate of the Year by the National CASA Association. Read more...


 

 

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