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CASA Corner

Resources, tools, and Optima access for current advocates and CASA’s.

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February News And Updates

CASA Day at the Capitol

On February 15th, join the CASA in Colorado network for CASA Day at the Capitol! Come meet your elected representatives and let them know how they can help Change a Child's Story. Please wear blue attire to show your support! Register Here.

Ambassador Program

We are excited to launch the CASA Ambassador Program this month, which will leverage the expertise of current CASA volunteers to help support our mission. We are seeking five experienced CASA volunteers to serve as Ambassadors who will help support new volunteers and the program as a whole. Please click here to learn more about the roles and responsibilities of an Ambassador. If you are interested in serving as an Ambassador, please reach out to Jenny at jenny@bouldervfc.org.

Wellbeing Assessments

It's time for quarterly Wellbeing Assessments! If you are serving on a case, you should have received an email Kelsey at Colorado CASA with a link to complete your assessment. Please be sure to complete the assessment by February 15. These assessments are critical in that they allow us to track progress on individual cases and evaluate trends statewide to ensure we are best supporting CASA volunteers and serving children. In addition, they provide useful information for working with our partners and applying for competitive funding. If you have questions, please reach out to your Advocate Supervisor.

Satisfaction Surveys

As part of VFC’s Strategic Plan, we will be collecting feedback from CASA volunteers through bi-annual satisfaction surveys. If you are actively serving on case, please be sure to check your email for a survey link. We welcome any and all feedback about how we can better support you as volunteers! If you have questions please reach out to Jenny at jenny@bouldervfc.org.

Resources

Community Resources

Dairy Arts Center: Free Tickets to HOLLY ALASKA Available

BETC would like to give away 75 tickets to the holiday musical comedy. Please note tickets are selling fast. The first four shows are nearly sold out! Email Mark Ragan, Managing Director Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company for more information.

Queen Sized Bed Frame Available

BVFC has received a queen sized bed frame from a donor. This item is available for pick up on a first come, first serve basis. Please contact Jenny Cassin at jenny@bouldervfc.org to claim this item for your appointed child.

City of Boulder Double Up Food Bucks Home Delivery Program

Boulder County Public Health recently launched a new home delivery Double Up pilot where City of Boulder SNAP recipients who are either older adults, single parents, living with a disability, or have a transportation barrier can get $40 worth of produce delivered for free for only $20 EBT. Please note, this program is only available to SNAP participants who reside in the City of Boulder.

Questions? Email Jill Strange at jstrange@bouldercounty.gov. Check out their website

Emergency Mortgage Assistance

Qualified homeowners are eligible for assistance of up to $30,000 through the Community Economic Defense Project.

Apply Here

Non-Emergency Medical and Non-medical Transportation Available

Set up a ride at least 2 days before your appointment. Call IntelliRide at 855-489-4999 (toll free) (State Relay 711). Or visit: Gointelliride.com/Colorado.

Individualized Education Program Help

Does the youth you advocate for have an IEP or 504 plan, or do they need additional services and support in school? Longtime CASA Volunteer and former Speech Language Pathologist and Special Education Coordinator, Georgia Magnera, has significant experience in this field and is willing to answer questions and provide support to CASAs as they advocate around the educational needs of the youth they serve. If you have questions or are looking for guidance around educational advocacy, please contact Jenny Cassin at jenny@bouldervfc.org.

Educational Advocacy for CASAs

CEU Opportunity- Learn about laws and regulations in public education, trauma-informed considerations in school, and advocating effectively for your CASA kid. Watch here.

Boulder County Resource Guide

Free and Low-Cost Activities for Kids

Community Resource Guide

Reminders

Transporting Kids -

If you are or plan to your appointed kids, we need to collect a photocopy of your valid driver's license and current auto insurance. Please reach out to your Advocate Supervisor if there are any changes to your license/insurance.

CEU Reminder -

As a CASA you are required to complete 12 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) per calendar year, starting 12 months after your initial CASA training. Additionally, you are required to complete 1 hour related to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). You can find a list of suggested CEU’s under the Continuing Education tab. To get credit for an activity simply notify your staff supervisor.

Fingerprinting -

If you missed our onsite fingerprinting events and still need to get yours done, you have the freedom to choose which vendor you would like to get your fingerprints completed. Our preference would be a Colorado Fingerprinting vendor, as you can use our billing code to avoid any charges up front, but many individuals have preferred to visit their local law enforcement agency or a vendor closer to their home. If you choose to go with a vendor outside of Colorado Fingerprinting, please expect you will have to cover the cost up front. Then, please save your invoice and forward it to emily@bouldervfc.org so that we can process a reimbursement for you.

Well-Being Assessments -

June Wellbeing Assessments are right around the corner! These evaluations are completed by CASAs statewide, and are critical assessment tools used by BVFC and by Colorado CASA to measure impact and trends in advocacy. We utilize this data for fundraising purposes and to monitor where our volunteers need additional support or resources on their cases. Please keep an eye on your inbox for an email from kelsey@coloradocasa.org for a survey link sometime in June, and reach out to your Advocate Supervisor if you have questions!

Contact Logs -

Just a friendly reminder to stay on top of your contact logs in Optima. Your supervisor can provide you with real-time support and resources with more information.

If you are unable to get ahold of your Advocate Supervisor while our office is closed and you have a child protection concern, please call the Colorado Child Abuse Hotline at 844-264 -5437. Additionally, the Boulder PD non-emergency dispatch number is 303-441-3333.

Continuing Education

Boulder Voices for Children requires volunteers to complete 12 hours of continuing education each year. Continuing education credits can be completed through a combination of resources, including movies, T.V. shows, podcasts, books, and more. Click here to access these resources.

We recognize, respect, promote, and celebrate the value of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and have organized continuing education content by specific areas of DEI. Click here to access these resources.

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"As a CASA, you make a meaningful difference in a child's life - a child that doesn't have many people looking out for them."

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"Every child deserves a safe environment to grow up in, including a roof over their head, nutritious food in the belly, and an opportunity for education. I'm happy to be a part of the process by being a caring adult who can help a child receive those things."

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"There is nothing like the feeling of earning a hug from a child who is generally suspicious of everybody. It's amazing what your calm, regular, and reliable presence can do for a child in need. This is one of the most rewarding volunteer opportunities out there!"

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