March 22, 2022 (Colorado Springs, Colo.) – CASA is pleased to announce that twelve new volunteers have been sworn in as officers of the court by Judge Jill Brady during a swearing-in ceremony at the El Paso County Courthouse on Tuesday.
These volunteers completed 30 hours of training and they are now Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) who will be appointed to open Dependency & Neglect cases by a judge so that they may advocate for the best interest of abused or neglected children. These volunteers will be a steady and trusted presence for children who, due to no fault of their own, must navigate the child welfare system.
Congratulations new CASA Volunteers: Shannon Amundson, Wade Fisher, Michelle Goddess, Jesse Lodge, Amari Major, Ulli Nilles, Emily Olsen, Morgan Sandberg, Alejandra Santiago Mendez, Rocio Scott, Henry Vanston, and Stephanie Wagner.
More Volunteers Are Needed.
In a twelve-month period, there are about 900 kids in the Pikes Peak Region who need a CASA volunteer and the nonprofit currently has enough volunteers to serve about 600 children per year.
Anyone in the community who is interested in changing the life of a vulnerable child is invited to attend an upcoming Volunteer Information Session:
- March 29th “Dudes and Brews” Male Volunteer Recruitment Event at The Ivywild School from 6:00 – 7:30 PM (one free beer and light appetizers will be served)
- April 11th from 12:00 – 1:00 at the CASA Office (light lunch will be served)
- April 20th from 12:00 – 1:00 at the CASA Office (light lunch will be served)
To RSVP for any of these sessions, please visit www.casappr.org/volunteer.
About CASA of the Pikes Peak Region
CASA of the Pikes Peak Region is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 1989 as a local program of the National CASA Association. Serving El Paso and Teller Counties, the organization’s core mission is to recruit, train, and support citizen volunteers in its Dependency & Neglect program to provide a voice and advocate for victims of child abuse and neglect. The nonprofit also operates a Supervised Exchange & Parenting Time (SEPT) program, Milton Foster Children’s Fund (MFCF) & the Hanger, and Children & Families in Transition. With 340 volunteers who put in roughly 14,000 hours in the 2020-2021 fiscal year, CASA of the Pikes Peak Region provided advocates for 600 children and served a total of 1,340 children in three programs. For more information, visit www.casappr.org.