2017 CASA Corner (Newsletter)

CASA of the Southern Tier, Inc.                                                                                                                                                             2017
Appalachian Trail
CASA Awareness 
Chris Dieringer set off on a journey of a lifetime but wanted to bring awareness to the CASA program along the way. He began at Harpers Ferry, WV on April 9th, 2017. He hiked northbound to Mt. Katahdin in Maine and then began again at Harpers Ferry hiking southbound to Springer, Georgia. He completed the 2,181-mile Appalachian Trail on November 11, 2017.  Chris adamantly spread awareness of the CASA mission. During his travels, he raised just over $6,000 for our local CASA program. 
Congratulations Chris! 
*Please note that videos of his journey can still be viewed on our website at http://www.casasoutherntier.org/appalachian-trail 

2018 Events
(save the dates)
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Child Abuse Prevention Month
"Change for Children Campaign"

April 28th , 2018
2nd CASA Chicken BBQ
(Pay It Forward Event)

June 9, 2018
3rd Annual CASA Golf Classic

September  23, 2018
6th Annual CASA Superhero 5K & Fun Run

December 1, 2018
4th Annual 
The Little Elf Shop

Thank you to our 2017 Contributors!
• • •
Eaton Corporation
Community Foundation
Rose Youth Philanthropists
Hilliard Corporation
Anderson Foundation
Gannett Foundation
United Way of Schuyler Co.
United Way of the Southern Tier
Office of Court Administration
& the many individual donors!(listed on our website)

Many employers will give a matching donation to your gift.  Please be sure to submit or check with your employer for a matching gift program. This is a great way to help increase donations to any cause!

2017 Board of Directors
• • •

Amanda Chafee – President
Jeanette Volterman-Treasurer
Karen Gunther
Christopher Coons
Kristy LaBar
Glenn Kennedy

We said goodbyes to a few board members in 2017, after terms expired and/or many hours of dedication. Thank You!
Christie McCarthy
Lee Musser
Advocate of the year
Diane Fisher

Volunteer of the year
Jody Mixon

Awareness Crusader of the year
Chris Dieringer

Holiday Program

Thank you to the many Christmas Angels that adopted a child/family for the holidays. The gifts absolutely bring Christmas Cheer to the little ones who may not be spending the holidays with their biological family or even in a family situation.  
A heartfelt thank you to:
        Corning Employees/Ms. DuBois
Mrs. Christie McCarthy
 Ms. Rachel Mozdy
GreenPoint Landscaping
Corning CU Employees/Mrs. Carr 
Mrs. Justine Terry and family
 Mrs. Christina Abbe and family
Ms. Amanda Chafee
 Mrs. Karen Gunther
and Haircolor Masters for providing some holiday meals for our families.

Director's Note:
A look back at 2017, highlights many accomplishments here at CASA in an effort to strengthen the existing program.
  • Increase in Awareness and Volunteer Recruitment Events
  • Advocate Recognition
  • Monthly, quality and educational Lunch and Learns for the Advocates.
  • Quarterly, New Advocate Training.
  • Standardized and interactive web-based curriculum from National CASA for Advocate Training.
  • Child measurement program to track well-being and progress.
  • Trying/Tagging trademark fundraising events.
  • Appalachian Trail Campaign
  • Increased donor/grant base. 
  • Ongoing meetings with DSS Supervisors, Lawyers, and Judges to better collaborate and assist the courts and children.
  • Board Recruitment
A big thank you to the staff and Board of Director's for a very productive and stabilizing year!  Many thanks to the community for embracing our mission.  Here is to a busy and successful 2018, advocating for the children!

2017 Statistics:
78 Children Served
  4  Adoptions
  7  Pending Adoptions
  7  Reunification with family
  6  Long Term Relative/Care      
*several children in foster care

23 Advocates active on average throughout the year.
800+ Case Hours
5,200+Case Miles
Advocate Volunteers:
  • Complete 30-40 hours of training
  • Courtroom Observation
  • Have ongoing communication with the assigned child and his/her primary caregivers.
  • Have ongoing communication with schools, Drs. offices, special services, lawyers, DSS, and possibly the parents.
  • Ongoing yearly education requirement. 
  • Research possible resources
  • Enter each contact in our CASA Program Portal (also keeping track of hours, miles, etc.)
  • Attend court hearings & submit reports, giving a voice to the child!
If you would like to become an  advocate and make difference in a child's life, please contact us to discuss our next Advocate Training.  (607-936-2272)

 Become a Child Advocate
 Volunteer at Events
  Join the Board of Directors
 Donate (CASA is a 501(c)3 organization and all donations are tax deductible.)

Thank you for your support!
CASA of the Southern Tier, Inc.
PO Box 778
Corning, NY 14830
Phone: 607-936-2272
Fax: 607-391-2004
Email: info@casasoutherntier.org
Website: www.casasoutherntier.org
Facebook: CASA of the Southern Tier, Inc.
Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy New Year! 
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