Nonprofits seeking new ways to share information about the important work they do will have the opportunity to learn from leading communications experts during the upcoming Foraker Leadership Summit. The theme of this year’s Summit is: “Telling Our Stories – As Leaders, As Organizations, and As A Sector.”
One of the Summit’s featured communications experts, Thaler Pekar, will share ideas about how nonprofits can find and develop stories in support of an organization’s Pick.Click.Give. efforts. Here is some of what Thaler has to say about storytelling and Pick.Click.Give.: [Read More... ]
Alaskans donated $3,600 to the nonprofit Friends of Alaska CASA through last year's Pick. Click. Give. program.
But what is a CASA?
The term CASA refers to a Court Appointed Special Advocate who speaks up for abused and neglected children in court. These dedicated volunteers are critical for children because in many cases social workers have overwhelming caseloads interfacing with upwards of 90 children. CASA volunteers, on the other hand, is responsible for just one child which allows them to focus all of their attention and energy to promote the best interest of that child.
CASA volunteers go to court with the child, meet with social workers and teachers, and get acquainted with every adult that is important in the child's life. This familiarity helps them to gain a better idea of the child's individual needs and to make recommendations to the court on behalf of the child. Their hard work greatly improves the outcomes for abused and neglected children in Alaska and literally doubles the chance that a child will be placed in a permanent, stable home or be reunited with their family.
Friends of Alaska CASA is an organization that supports these CASAs in our state. The money the organization received through Pick. Click. Give. will specifically help them recruit and train 10-15 more volunteers. That's at least 10-15 Alaska children that will get essential one-on-one support as they navigate the court system.
Laura Haywood, President of Friends of Alaska CASA/Juneau volunteer, has been a CASA for five years and is only on her third case. She says, "In the CASA world, it's quality not quantity."
Learn more about how your funds are supporting this special program:
Friends of Alaska CASA is just one of many local organizations striving to make a positive impact on the lives of Alaskans.