CASA of Merced County would like to share some exciting news! John Spevak wrote an article for the Los Banos Enterprise about CASA of Merced County. Mr. Spevak spoke to Board Member, Diane Neves, Executive Director, Cathie Lancaster, he also interviewed a couple of CASA's amazing Advocates from Los Banos, and attended a presentation Cathie gave to the Los Banos Rotary as well. The article was printed in the Los Banos Enterprise, as well as the Friday, September 3rd online version of the Merced Sun Star. Thank-you Mr. Spevak for sharing with the public what CASA and our advocates do for youth in care, and for encouraging others to become advocates themselves. Here at CASA, we also contend, like Mr. Spevak states in his article, that the biggest heroes in America and Merced County "are CASA volunteers, Court Appointed Special Advocates who generously give their time and talents to advocate for foster children."
CASA of Merced County would like to thank all three Dutch Bros Coffee locations in Merced County for making CASA the recipient of Friday, September 10th's Buck for Kids event. Thank-you to all the advocates, staff, family and friends that purchased beverages to support the event as well! We appreciate you all!
First Annual Golf Fore CASA Tournament
Sometimes it take a village… a BIG thanks to everyone that helped make the First Annual Golf Fore CASA Tournament on Saturday, August 14th, 2021 a success! Generous donors, wonderful golfers, fantastic staff and board of directors, staff from other CASA offices, Miss Merced County Kiley Pastori, Advocates, friends and family all pitched in to make our first tournament perfect! Thank you everyone! To see more pictures from this exciting event please click on the collage above.
Foster youth that have aged out, or are still in
care can access pandemic relief today.
Please click on image above to be directed to the link.
CASA of Merced County is honored to receive the Angels in Adoption award for 2020! The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute program honors a wide spectrum of individuals and organizations making extraordinary contributions to adoption, permanency, and child welfare. CASA of Merced County was nominated by Congressman Jim Costa. We are excited to celebrate the Angels of Adoption Award with you!
“I wanted to share a link with you from Congressman Jim Costa’s website. It is the press release for the Angels in Adoption Honor we received last month. This honor is so exciting for CASA, especially during 2020 when we are not only celebrating our 10th anniversary supporting foster youth in Merced County, but we are doing so under abnormal and difficult situations”. https://costa.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/casa-merced-county-wins-distinguished-honor-after-costa-nomination
- Executive Director Cathie Lancaster
Please click on the image above for more information regarding how CASA of Merced County is assisting our Foster Youth during this Covid-19 pandemic.
November is often associated with a time of giving thanks, and this year is no different. In order to get the most out of the month, we’re deeming this as the year to start early. Make the entire month about showing gratitude to those you love, and even strangers.
The spooky season is coming to an end before we know it, but that doesn’t mean we’re over October. Scary doesn’t always have to be bad. Instead, use these final weeks as a reminder to do some scary-good deeds and give back to your community.
In order to lead a truly altruistic life, it’s important to take stock of your own mental health, as well as those around you. There are a ton of free resources and tactics you can use to check-in and improve your mental clarity.