CASA Santa Cruz is an amazing program. As a volunteer, we get some of the best training I've ever received. The staff are not only supportive, they provide fun things volunteers can do to help CASA and hang out. But of course, the biggest thing is how dedicated everyone involved in this program is to helping the foster youth of our county. Everyone works tirelessly to help these kids out - education, clothing, special needs that come up, help with placement, everything. I've never been so impressed with a non-profit, and I've been involved with many (and even ran one for a few years!)
CASA of Santa Cruz County is remarkable. It is an organization that supports children and their advocates to the fullest - from intensive training at the beginning to continued support in the months/years to follow. I have been with CASA as an advocate for almost 20 years. My "CASA child" is now 31. Children who have been abused/neglected and spend years in different foster care homes need caring volunteers that will be constant in their lives. Consider supporting this wonderful organization.
I have been associated with CASA of Santa Cruz County for 15 years. I became an advocate because I wanted to give back to the community in a way that would help children. This was the perfect opportunity. Over the years I have volunteered in the office but my most important role was that of being an advocate for four children in the CPS/Foster Care system. I feel that I made a very positive contribution to their lives. CASA is a wonderful, caring organization that provides training and support to those that want to become an advocate.
I have been a volunteer for CASA for about 7 years. They are the most dedicated, passionate non-profit group ever! They run a very professional, well organized agency and it shows in the amount of successful Advocates and foster kids that they team up. The staff is very supportive to their volunteers and they receive that support back from each contributor as well as from the community. They offer a lot of support to their Advocates as well, so they can help their CASA kids in many ways. It is a win-win group!
As an advocate and "friend of CASA" for the past 20+ years, and after many volunteer gigs, I would say that CASA is absolutely the best organization I have ever worked with. The work they do is so valuable. Foster kids are the neediest kids in our county and CASA of Santa Cruz Co. does so much for them in order to make their lives as normal as is possible. They throw holiday parties, make sure they get Christmas gifts, birthday gifts and cake, prom dresses, school pictures, soccer shoes, etc. etc. They really make a difference in their lives. They become a friend who listens to them and someone these kids can lean on. I have never felt more rewarded. Watching the grin on the face of a 12 yr. old coloring an Easter egg for the first time did it for me!If you want to work with a group of really caring people, then this is the group for you,
I have been an advocate with CASA of Santa Cruz County for 6 years. I absolutely love this organization. They exist simply to make the lives of foster children better and they succeed on a daily basis. There is nothing that compares to seeing a broken child start to heal after being given the support and love they need during a traumatic time in their lives. CASA of S.C. Co. operates in a professional manner and goes to great lengths to make sure the advocates know how much they are appreciated. I highly recommend them!
I was in CASA's very first class of advocates in 1993. I learned about CASA when the late Judge Black spoke at my Rotary Club about the organization coming to Santa Cruz County. I had worked with foster kids at Camp Opportunity, but felt I could make an ever bigger impact as an advocate. My first case was a 5-year old girl who loved to go to the park. One day when she wanted to go on the monkey bars but was afraid, I walked with her underneath the bars, and she felt safe. For me, that was symbolic of how I walked with her throughout her years in the foster care system. Over 25 years later, I am still in contact with her.
After the organization was established, I acted as one of CASA's first "Ambassadors," and helped spread out the word to the community. The news about the organization had to start somewhere, and I feel blessed to be a part of that movement. I recently joined CASA's Legacy Society; my gift will help make sure that this much needed organization can continue on.
I learned about CASA when the late Judge Black came to my Rotary Club and announced that the organization was starting in Santa Cruz and volunteers would be needed. The idea that I could make a difference in the life of a child struck a chord in my heart. It seemed like the right time for me, because I didn't have grandchildren yet.
I am proud to say that I was in the first graduating class and it is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done in my life because being among the first advocates was a scary thing, I will continue to help CASA with their important work in every way that I can.
My husband and several friends have all been CASA volunteers. They loved their volunteer work for CASA it made them feel useful Each person felt that they had made a big impact on the lives of children they served.They also told me and tell me how wonderful and supportive the CASA staff is in supporting the work of its volunteers. I have lived in this town for many years and CASA enjoys the enthusiasm and support of many in our community
, Clearly CASA must be doing something right. I would urge everyone who is able to to join CASA as a volunteer and/or supporter
Amidst a sea of stellar local non-profits, CASA of Santa Cruz County stands out personally because it allows me, and many others in our community, to invest time and talent into the most deserving members imaginable: youth who've been victimized by abuse and neglect, taken from their homes through no fault of their own.
After working on behalf of adolescents and teens for most of my career, I made a conscious choice well before retirement that, once my career wound down, I would pursue being trained as a CASA advocate, and be able to serve formally on behalf of a youth in our county whose life has been altered by being part of the dependency care system.
As we age, I firmly believe that many adults indeed forget what it was like to be young. As a society, we cannot afford to lost sight of our obligation to serve the neediest among us. Foster Youth deserved the very best we have to offer. What's within YOU that a young person could benefit from knowing? Expertise, patience, optimism, TIME? In getting to know CASA you will get to know aspects of yourself that may have lain dormant for years or decades. I am proud to serve as an advocate and urge anyone reading this to get to know CASA of Santa Cruz County.
This organization has been an important part of my life for the last 6 years! I served on its board and most recently as a volunteer advocate for a 4 year old. I feel like I know this organization well and have been so impressed with the important work that it does for children in foster care who have suffered trauma due to abuse and or neglect. I was also greatly impressed by the high functioning board and staff. It is without a doubt a top notch non profit and does a great service for our community.
CASA and their advocates are lifesavers for families. What an awesome agency we have been blessed with.
There is no better organization than CASA Santa Cruz! It's a win-win-win for kiddos who have been removed from their homes due to neglect or abuse, volunteer advocates who spend time with kiddos, and the community which benefits from healthy relationships as a result.
The staff is supportive and caring of kids and advocates. Please consider lending your time and spirit to CASA Santa Cruz.
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Santa Cruz County deserves to be recognized for the outstanding
support of children and families it provides. I have never been involved with such a dedicated, efficient and caring organization that puts kids first. As a retired teacher I saw the benefits firsthand to my students in foster care. As a volunteer I experience the benefits to everyone when children are prioritized.
CASA of Santa Cruz County is a very special organization. The staff and numerous volunteers support and advocate for local children who have been abused or neglected. It is emotional and deeply transformative work. The difference they make in the lives of local kids who have a really hard go at life is remarkable. The people who make up the organization are incredible human beings who work with harmony, efficiency, and competency. The impact they make and the authentic caring peopole they are moved me to not only make significant financial contributions but to also proudly participate as a board member. You will be hard-pressed to find a non-profit that is more professionally run and locally impactful.
I have been on a number of non-profit boards, and this one is by far the most focused and best run, with a clear mission and accountability measures to monitor progress toward goal. We leverage the power of volunteers to provide the most vulnerable children in our community with a much needed voice in dependency court and the crucial decisions that affect their lives. CASA is unusual among local non-profits in its financial solvency, both currently and for the future. I attribute this to the strength of the staff and staff leadership, as well as the organization's laser-like focus on its contained but critical mission.
I volunteered with CASA of Santa Cruz County this past year and was deeply impressed with the leadership team and staff. They demonstrated firm accountability, solid business management and focus alongside the obvious passion and care for the children they serve day in and day out. I have volunteered with and served on the board of many non-profits: few exhibit the ability to match their love of the work with such astute business management.
I have worked with CASA of SC County for years. Children in their program studied martial arts at my studio. CASA was accountable every time for every child. The child's well-being was the priority...always. I've recently run the Wharf to Wharf for CASA....what a great organization!
Can't believe the lives this organization changes during such a difficult time of life. ABSOLUTELY LOVE everything they do yo support the children and volunteers.
CASA of Santa Cruz is a truly amazing organization. We recruit, train and place volunteers to provide hope and stability for children and youth in the foster care system.
I've been involved with a lot of non-profits over the years. Never have I been involved with an organization that has so much integrity and heart. They are thoughtful stewards with donors' time and money. As a volunteer, this is one of the most fulfilling and important things I've ever been able to do. My life is forever changed by the girl I was able to serve.