April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month: Here’s how to help local kids

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and CASA of the Pikes Peak Region invites community members to get involved in changing the lives of our most vulnerable citizens – abused and neglected children.

In addition to its annual Light of Hope fundraising lunch – which community members can RSVP to through April 8th – CASA spends the month raising awareness of child abuse in the Pikes Peak Region and garnering support through volunteerism and donations.

Most people are aware that child abuse and neglect increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of children referred to CASA of the Pikes Peak Region each month doubled during this time, and although the number has decreased some, at about 32 children per month it is still higher than pre-pandemic averages.

In the last fiscal year, CASA provided life-changing advocacy to 657 children. However, there are currently about 800 kids in our community who need a CASA volunteer.

During the month of April, CASA invites community members to GET INVOLVED and change the lives of children right here in Colorado Springs. From CASA’s Month of Hope webpage, you can:

  • Learn about volunteering
    RSVP to one of several upcoming volunteer information hours and learn what it takes to become a CASA volunteer for an abused child.
  • Make a donation:
    It costs $1,200 to serve one child with a CASA volunteer for one year. You can help CASA reach more children by contributing to the nonprofit’s April fundraising goal of $250,000.
  • Stay in the Loop and share with your friends:
    Access CASA-related content on social media and make sure you share it with your friends and family!