K-LOVE’s Kindra Ponzio talked with CASA Of Sonoma County Board Member Bob Chapman about the need for advocates to be the voice of foster kids in the court system.
Listen to the interview here!
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We at CASA have always recognized that CASA volunteers are our best ambassadors in the community. Your insight and understanding of your roles and the needs of foster youth goes without saying. You are our best resources and WE NEED YOU! As our waitlist grows from 20, 30, 40, and now almost 50 youth, we as staff need to get creative and we are counting on you to get creative with us.
Currently, we have over 100 volunteers serving over 150 youths. We would like to get you involved in helping us increase our numbers.
If each one of us recruits one CASA in 2016, we could double our impact and youth served by next year!
Invite friends, family, co-workers and talk to them about CASA. If your guests would like more information about CASA they can sign up for an info session (orientation) of about 45 minutes here at the office. These take place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:00, 11:00 am or 12:00 pm. They may contact the office to schedule it by calling 707-565-6375 or emailing email@example.com.
We are always looking for testimonials and compelling stories to share with potential CASAs on Great Nonprofits. It is a review site like Zagat or TripAdvisor and it provides an opportunity for a person who had direct experience with a charitable organization, to share that experience so that other people can discover that group as well.
Share your volunteer experience with members of your professional circle by talking to your communities or volunteer groups about your work as a CASA. Better yet, speak with Millie if you would like her or a board member to join you. Does your company have a nonprofit program? Many companies partner with nonprofits to contribute funds and encourage employees to volunteer.
We are constantly creating new PR materials to share with the community the good CASA does and invite new members to become child advocates. You may get our PR materials at the CASA office during our business hours 9:00 am- 4:30 pm or ask us to mail them to you. Also, you may download the following:
Leave our flyers at your doctor’s or dentist’s office, schools or other community businesses and organizations. Put up our CASA Volunteer Opportunity and Speak Up for a Foster Child posters on community boards and such.
Make sure to follow us on our social media outlets – Facebook and Linkedin, Volunteer Match. Share our page and posts with your own social and professional network and invite others to learn more about CASA.
If you would like to record a short (15 – 20 seconds) “Join Me” vignette, you can do so yourself or come to the office and we will record it for you. Sometimes, a video can be an impactful way to share a testimonial with interested people through social media as well. Click on the photo below to watch samples of the “Join Me” vignette.
Tell one person every week about CASA and see our program grow. Those personal one-on-one connections make a BIG impact! We are hoping to fill up the room for our upcoming Summer training starting July 14th. For questions, to launch any of the above suggestions or to get PR materials please contact our office at 707-565-6375 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.