Our CASA Volunteer of the Month of August is Ruth Golombek! Ruth has been a great addition to the CASA family and for the last 3 years has advocated for 4 children and is now assisting with her 5th. She's worked primarily with the 0-5 department in ensuring our youngest, most vulnerable children have the resources and care they need to develop into the next stages of their lives. 

We're here to tell you all about the benefits reading can bring, besides knowledge and entertainment.

If you’re on the fence about making the jaunt to your local state or county fair, you’re in luck. We’re here to tell you all the reasons fairs are worth the trip.

Making sure you've packed thoroughly can make your road trip experience even more enjoyable. To help, here's a list of items you'll need once you've hit the road.

There are so many ways to celebrate International Friendship Day. You may want to personalize it to your individual friendships, but in case you’re stumped, we have a few ideas.

With just a month left of summer, it’s time to take advantage of all it has to offer. Here are some ways to celebrate sunshine season while it's still here.

Charlie (not her real name), was a 1-year-old at the time she was detained from her parents due to neglect and substance abuse. CASA, Lucy, attended meetings, court hearings, and completed and submitted timely reports to the Court to keep the Court informed of Charlie’s situation. At one point Charlie was allowed to go home with her parents, and during this time her parents gave birth to her baby brother, Chris (not his real name).

Older kids in the foster system tend to have moved around much more from placement to placement. This alone causes psychological trauma and is just added on top of the traumas these children have already experienced through abuse and neglect. This proves to be special for CASAs involved in cases like this, because they tend to carry on longer which allows them to be in the child’s life longer and as result build a more lasting relationship with the child. Many times, that relationship can become the most important in their life for a period of time.

The Family Connections Program is pleased to announce the continued success in the connections established for children who are in the foster care system throughout Tulare County. Not only do we establish a secure network for the children during the time they are in foster care but also for when they transition to a more permanent placement. Our Program continues to be a key point in the children’s well-being giving them hope and a permanent connection to an important person who will be with the children for years to come.

CASA of Tulare County is a non-profit organization that fights for abused and neglected children to have a voice in their circumstances. The only reason we’re functioning and able to do what we do is because of people like you. 

There is an overwhelming amount of people who do not fully grasp what CASA is and stands for, and we hope to change that. Children’s welfare issues are far too common and not talked about enough. While this is an issue that seems to be world wide, we can make a difference right here--in our backyards.

I am very excited about the future of CASA, and the direction that we are heading.  Change is always hard, and it takes time and a concerted effort to really get on board with change. 2020 is going to be a big year for the organization. 

We recently filled two positions for our Outreach/Training Department. Jessica Robinson, previously a Volunteer Advocate, was hired to manage the department in our Visalia office. Araceli Espinoza, previously Family Connections Case Coordinator, is now managing the other half of the department in our Porterville office. 

If you have something or some time to give, consider doing so today. Here’s a list of easy ways you can give something away today.

CASA of Tulare County wouldn't function without our Volunteers. We want to take time out of our busy schedules to say, "Thank You."

Farmers markets have so much more to offer than just the sights and smells. The following is a list of just a few reasons you should visit your local farmers market this summer.

Planning an Independence Day gathering should be about creating community, not a source of stress. We’ve compiled a list of everything you need to throw a party your guests will rave about.

If you're looking for a way to get outside while also improving your whole self, gardening may be the hobby for you.

You know volunteering has a positive influence (make friends, build connections, gain experiences, etc.), but did you know that it can actually assist your health?

We've started a new recognition program to celebrate and thank our volunteer advocates for all that they do! Our first Volunteer of the Month for June 2019 is Theresa Gomez. Thank you, Theresa, for all that you do!

There are always ways to give back to others around you, even including the presents you buy. Here are some ideas for Father’s Day gifts that give back.

With the help of a bicycle, we can take better care of the environment, our physical bodies and even spend time together. So how can you mark this momentous occasion?

Memorial Day means much more than time off from work and hosting a barbecue, so if you want to get involved this weekend, check out these great ways to give back.

No matter how old you are, what your musical taste is or whether or not you can read a note, there's never a wrong time to learn how to play an instrument.

So, do you want to embrace social networking to have a positive influence on the world? Here are some ideas for how to use social media to make a difference.

With more than 440,000 youth in foster care, there are plenty of ways to make a difference during this month. Here are ideas for how to support National Foster Care Month.

You want to make a difference, but aren’t sure where to start without money. Fortunately, we have ideas to help you donate to charity without breaking the bank.

Turns out, even the smallest steps can have an impact. This Earth Day, consider your ecological footprint and enact these seven green ways to embrace today.

The arts still play a vital role in much of our society. In fact, without the arts, much of our history, expression and culture would be virtually nonexistent.

New Executive Director, Eric Johnson, says, "I’m excited about the work ahead of us, here at CASA, and will be challenging myself and staff to remain focused on our needs to be the best we can be. I’ll be working diligently to find additional donors and sponsorship's, so that we can invest in recruiting and training as well as, retaining more court appointed advocates. Statistics have shown that children who have court appointed advocates are less likely to fail in school, commit crimes, etc. All in all, they have a better opportunity to be successfully happy!"

For seniors, volunteering is the perfect chance to use extra time to make a difference in the community. Check out these positive reasons for seniors to volunteer.

This month aims to increase awareness about stress, its negative effects and how to relieve it. If you’re experiencing stress, keep these ideas in mind for how to relax.

Even a small gesture can have a huge influence on the people around you. Here are a few ideas of some easy things you can do to brighten someone's day.

If you strive to live a good life in all areas, journaling might be the next step to consider. Take a look at simple ways journaling can improve your life.

There's no doubt about it: If you want to live a more knowledgeable, cultural and altruistic lifestyle, then learning another language has big benefits in store.

Nutrition impacts every area of our lives, including our ability to live altruistically for others. So let's dive into how you can celebrate National Nutrition Month.

Even if you care about a cause, how can you ensure you're a good fit for the position? Here are some ideas to help you find the right fit for volunteering.

There are ways we can challenge ourselves to grow in empathy. If you want to learn more, check out these tips for how to cultivate more empathy for others.

What if you could live with more compassion this week and share love with other people in your community, country or even the world? Turns out, you can!

It can sometimes be difficult to consider how exactly to recognize Black History Month. What can you do? Here are six ideas for honoring Black History Month.

There is a genuine skill to meeting new people and establishing relationships with them. And, you don’t even have to be a social butterfly to master it!

Recent studies have shown how volunteering with people or a cause you care about can actually mitigate depression and anxiety issues. Here's how.

If you strive to live an altruistic lifestyle, there are a variety of different ways to be more charitable without spending money. Here are some ideas to try.

You want 2019 to be a great year! If you want to start the new year off on a positive note, check out these seven steps to keep in mind as we dive into 2019.

If you want to make a difference in 2019, make giving a part of your New Year’s resolutions. Here are some ideas for how you can create resolutions that give back.

If you live an altruistic lifestyle, you can give back and make someone's holiday a bit more joyful. Here are six ways you can brighten someone else's Christmas.

As you prepare for all of the gifts, parties and dinners headed your way this season, here are some ideas for how to decrease stress during the holidays.

For those of us who are able to give more, this is the perfect opportunity to get involved in the community and help spread the holiday cheer this season.

If you want to join in and celebrate National Write a Friend Month during this wonderful winter season, here are a couple writing ideas to get you started.

If you want to live a more altruistic lifestyle, help give back in the upcoming season by checking out these volunteering ideas for cold weather months.

Thanksgiving marks an important season for all of us to take a moment and remember the little things in life—and every little thing we’re thankful for.

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