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Welcome to the August 2019 Newsletter

Court Appointed Special Advocates® (CASA) are community volunteers, just like you, who stand up and speak out to help abused and neglected children.

Our CASA program belongs to a network of 951 community-based programs that recruit, train and support citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities.
We are currently operating in Sandoval and Valencia County New Mexico.

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2019 Back to School Shopping at Target
Our annual Back to School Shopping event was a tremendous success! On Saturday July 27th our respective counties joined our CASAs, board members, staff, and most importantly our kids in care and their families at the Rio Rancho Target and The Target at Paseo for a day of shopping. In partnership with Target and other community partners, we were able to provide each child with a $100 gift card, some extra dollars and goodies from Target, as well as tax free exemption. We also had back packs filled with school supplies for the kids to choose. We are so grateful to all of our CASA volunteers and board members who came out to help make this event such a great time. And we are so grateful to Target and other community partners for their generous support over the years making the school year a little brighter for all of our amazing kids in care!

3rd Annual Leadership Sandoval County Golf Classic


We had such a great time at the 3rd Annual Leadership Sandoval County Golf Classic on June 21! Under our new custom CASA tent we hosted over 30 teams as they played the beautiful course at Santa Ana Golf Club in Bernalillo. This fun event raises money for the dynamic Leadership Sandoval County program among other local charities. We appreciated the time to pass out snacks and CASA goodies, as well as make new friends!

2019 National CASA Conference


We were blown away by our experience in Atlanta at our 2019 National CASA Conference the first week in June! Over 3,000 CASA volunteers, staffers, and friends of CASA came together to celebrate and learn how we can support children and families. We had the opportunity to hear from such speakers as Patrice and James Comey, Ron Clark, Dr. Steve Perry, Senator Mary Landrieu, Jelani Freeman, and many others. The absolute highlight of the event was hearing the message from Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative. Mr. Stevenson, a civil rights lawyer who fights for those condemned to death row, impressed upon us that as CASA volunteers we have a unique and powerful capability to change a child's life. We return to New Mexico armed with the knowledge that we are part of a group of over 94,000 volunteers advocating for over 275,000 children in foster care in the U.S. and together we produced over 5.5 million volunteer hours in 2019!!! We truly are "Better Together"!

4/6/19 Shazam! Movie Event Was a Huge Success!


Our Shazam! movie event was a huge success! Volunteers, staff, and board members hosted a private showing of the new superhero movie on Saturday 4/6/19 at the Rio Rancho Premiere Theater. Thanks to the sponsorship of Realty 1 of New Mexico, we were able to buy out the theater for our amazing kids and their amazing foster families. So many other people worked hard to make this a fun day: The Duke City Bristlers brought comic books, original artwork, and handmade capes! JoAnn Isonhood's 8th grade science class of Hoover Middle School raised money for popcorn! There were even costumed comic book characters there to greet and take pictures with the kids! It was truly an amazing day to come together and celebrate the heroes among us. Thank you to all who gave and participated!
A Special Thank You to All of Our Sponsors!

We want to send out a special thanks to all of the companies and individuals who have made this year so wonderful for all the kiddos!

Realty One
The Range at Cottonwood
Target
Bernalillo United Methodist Church
The Bristlers
Del Webb Mirehaven
 

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