On Thursday, September 27th, 2018, CASA's newest volunteers participated in training sessions to learn the ins and outs of being a CASA. There were two different training sessions that day, and there were a total of 22 people in attendance. Having that many new volunteers is extremely exciting!
Along with getting to know each other, new volunteers learned so much about the steps of CASA cases. Volunteers learned the basics and about life as a CASA through games, exercises, and group activities. They spent some time working on practice case studies, where they had to practice following through with communication by meeting with each other to discuss different viewpoints on the details of a case. Also, Catherine Tillman (pictured to the left) used a large puzzle to teach the volunteers about the different components of CASA cases.
We are so pleased to welcome these new volunteers to our CASA team. Each and every one of them are crucial to making sure children in our local foster care system are being properly represented. We hope that you can join us in thanking all 22 of our new volunteers for dedicating their time to support local children.
Our Over the Edge for Kids fundraiser was a success! On Saturday, August 24th, 2018, several courageous volunteers went over the edge of the SPARC building on West Broad Street to support children in the Athens-Clarke County and Oconee County community.
Along with watching our Edgers repel down the side of a 5-story tall building, attendees were able to enjoy face painting, a bouncy house, and live music. For lunch, there were delicious, fresh grilled hamburgers, chips, and tons of other goodies. Plus, local vendors Nedza's Waffles, Kona Ice Athens, and Your Pie were there too!
With your help, we were able to raise over $22,000 for children and families in need!
Here is a short video with clips from Saturday's fun. We would like to thank each and every one of our supporters, volunteers, and Edgers. This event wouldn't have been possible without you all.
Children First, Inc. is putting the fun back in fundraising! This isn’t another 5k or golf tournament; we are going Over the Edge for Kids!
On Saturday, August 25th, Children First Inc. will be hosting the 3rd Annual Over the Edge for Kids event in collaboration with Nancy Travis Childcare Project and Interfaith Hospitality Network. Several brave volunteers will raise $1,000 for the opportunity to rappel down the SPARC building in Athens at 2040 W. Broad Street, across from Steak & Shake.
This exciting event will be fun for the whole family! There will be food, music, face painting and a bouncy house. You don’t want to miss out this! The fun starts at 9am.
We’re even sending the mayor, Kelly Girtz, Over the Edge!
Mayor Girtz says, “the first work I ever did in human services was interning as an assistant to an investigator for Child Protective Services in Norfolk, VA in 1993. That was a foundational experience in my life, and one in which I interacted with lots of CASAs and other agency people, and saw some stuff that I couldn’t get out of my head if I tried. It set me on the professional path of supporting children and families, which will continue into my life as mayor… come watch me rappel off a building and hope that gravity treats me kindly.”
So, join us as we cheer on Mayor Girtz and our other brave Edgers.
The community can also show their support by donating. We currently have 15 Edgers who need your help to reach their $1,000 goal. Each participant has an online fundraising page where donations can be made at any level through a secure, easy-to-use system. Community members can make a donation and learn about each of our Edgers at https://www.otecwe.com/athens/children-first/.
For more information on Children First, Inc. and Over the Edge, call 706-613-1922 x1 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be a part of something different. Let’s make this year’s Over the Edge the most successful yet!
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