A Season to Give Back: The Many Ways You Can Make a Difference

By Ann McAlpin, Executive Director, CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County

Ann McAlpinAs 2020 comes to a close, we know that 2021 is filled with possibilities. For kids in foster care, 2021 could be the year they leave the system for a safe, permanent and loving home.

With a dedicated Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer, Montgomery County’s most vulnerable children will have an adult by their side to ensure their voice is heard and to look out for their best interests until they are placed in a safe, permanent home.

We continue, with your help, to provide Advocates for 100% of children who come into care in Montgomery County. But our work goes on. Currently, about 6 children enter foster care in our county every week, and it costs about $1,500 to provide a child with an Advocate for one year.

CASA Advocates work to give kids the opportunity to thrive. Will you resolve to help children in Montgomery County reclaim their childhood from abuse or neglect? You can give hope to more kids like AJ, John, Audrey, Jeffrey and Harley this holiday season and in the new year ahead with a CASA volunteer who cares. A volunteer like Joe! (See their story here: http://bit.ly/Meet_Campbell_Family_CASA)

Now that the holiday season is fully underway, we want to highlight several ways that you can give back to make a lasting impact in the lives of county’s most vulnerable children.

Make a One-Time or Monthly Donation

You can easily choose your own donation amount and select if you would like your gift to be a one-time donation or if you’d like to make an even bigger impact by donating monthly. Follow this link, and then select either the “One-Time” or “Monthly” button to give: https://bit.ly/give-a-child-hope.

AmazonSmile

Shop Amazon Smile

Sign up and shop on AmazonSmile (and if you choose, designate “Child Advocates of Montgomery County” as the beneficiary of your generosity…) Shoppers who start at smile.amazon.com will find the same Amazon they know and love, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the price of eligible purchases to the charity of your choice. Here’s how to get started: https://bit.ly/AmazonSmile_how_to_signup.

Give Your Spare Change

Spare your change to give a child the gift of hope this holiday season! Sign up for the #Coins4Kids program. You’ll register your card just once and then every purchase will be rounded up to the next dollar and the spare change will be donated to help children in foster care in Montgomery County (you can set a monthly donation limit as well.) Make a lasting impact on the life of a child now! Follow this link, and then select the “Round-Ups” button to sign up: https://bit.ly/give-a-child-hope.

Shop our Amazon Wish List

Shop for gifts to be given to children in foster care, both during the holiday season as well as the year ahead (birthdays, special accomplishments, reunifications and adoptions, etc.) Here’s our charity wish list on AmazonSmile: https://bit.ly/CASA-Amazon_Wish-List-2020.

Drop off a Toy at an Area Toy Drive

Adventure Kids Playcare in Woodforest
  • Adventure Kids Playcare Woodforest is supporting CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County this holiday season through accepting toy donations. Each donation will receive a coupon for one free hour of Playcare. That hour of Playcare can also be donated to a foster family. In addition they will have gift cards for sale that can be purchased and donated to foster families who would greatly benefit from a few free hours to finish their holiday preparations. We are grateful to Adventure Playcare Woodforest for their continued generous support of CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County. https://web.adventurekidsplaycare.com/locations/woodforest/
VillaSport Athletic Club and Spa in The Woodlands
  • VillaSport Athletic Club and Spa in The Woodlands is also hosting toy drive to benefit children in foster care served by CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County. This is the 3rd consecutive year that VillaSport has generously held this amazing toy drive. We greatly appreciate VillaSport’s longtime support. https://www.villasport.com/the-woodlands

Learn More About Becoming a CASA Volunteer!

Children with AdvocateWe invite you to join our family of volunteers and make a difference in a child’s life – and your own. We also have volunteer opportunities for our annual fundraising events – the CASA Superhero Run and our CASA Speaks for Kids Gala/Benefit. To get started, please complete the online application below. For more information about becoming a CASA Volunteer Advocate, call or email Shellie Tyrrell at 936-441-5437 X209 or shellie@casaspeaks4kids.com.

APPLY ONLINE! For your convenience, CASA offers day & evening classes. Click here for schedule of upcoming training classes.

Want more information or have questions? Attend one of our “Conversations with CASA” events, and you will have the opportunity to join current CASA volunteers for informational conversations about becoming an Advocate. View our calendar for upcoming events.

Thank you for giving hope to kids in care this holiday season!