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 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.
For years in my capacity as a therapist and social worker I was very aware of the value of the
CASA program. Children who were in the child welfare system were blessed by being matched
with a compassionate and well trained volunteer. Many years later I was invited to provide a team
building workshop for the staff and board. I was so impressed by the members, the collaborate spirit
and there commitment to the children in our community. That day the board president asked if I was
interested in being a member and I said yes. The reason I said yes is because this board and staff are some of the most involved, passionate and committed group I have worked with. I am honored to be a part of this organization and to make a difference to the many children in need.