CASA always has and will always put the health and safety of our community as our top priority. The current COVID-19 environment is no exception. Your support and generosity have always been the cornerstone of our ability to provide our volunteers and staff with the resources necessary to meet abused and neglected children's needs. You have ALWAYS supported our CASA Program and Children at the times of the most acute need - and this is one of those moments!
We need your support to come out of the pandemic with a running start!
We have taken many steps to keep our volunteers & children safe by:
- Discontinuing in-person visits with children beginning on March 13,
- Transitioning to online volunteer training,
- Cancelling the Harrison & Parkston church concerts, Color Me CASA, and CASA's Got Talent, which resulted in the loss of $100,000 in expected revenue,
- Absorbing a $7,120 reduction in funding from the South Dakota CASA Commission,
The Board of Directors and Executive Director have worked tirelessly to minimize our financial losses by restricting travel and pushing some new projects/initiatives to a later date. These steps have allowed us to avoid the tough decisions other nonprofits have already had to make, like laying off employees. Our financial challenges will be immense, and I know as CASA supporters, you will show your support in as many ways as your individual, family, and the business situation will allow.
CASA has also seen an increase in our services, as many families suffer from sickness and financial insecurity. These factors lead to tremendous stress and can cause parents separated from their children because of substance abuse, neglect, and child abuse. CASA must have the resources to meet this moment when the need for our services is so great.
It is the commitment from supporters like you who keep CASA doors open. We are committed to never leaving a child alone without an advocate. By allowing CASA to retain your support, we will be able to continue our services. We invite you to our outdoor event on Saturday, October 17, from 4:30 – 7 at the Corn Palace Plaza. It will be a great time with food trucks, music by Surfin Safari, all out in the open. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs and be prepared to have some serious FUN.
CASA and the children we serve, thank you!