Summer is just around the corner, and so is our lineup of delicious weekly CASA benefits! All summer long, you can enjoy great restaurants, sweet shops, breweries and wineries, and know you are helping to give a powerful voice to abused children.…
Application Packet Due: June 19, 2015 by 5:00 p.m. The Executive Director is responsible for providing visionary, effective and engaging leadership to achieve the strategic and financial goals of CASA of Lane County. Click here for more information, the full…
Dear CASA Friends, I am in the process of transitioning out of the role of Executive Director of CASA of Lane County. After fifteen amazing years, it is time for me to take on a new role as an independent contractor working…
A passion for helping disadvantaged kids is what fuels Theresa Thompson and why she became a CASA volunteer in June 2013. She is in the process of closing her first case and is currently working a second case.
Who is Theresa Thompson?
Theresa says she is retired but you wouldn’t know it from how active she is in her community. Looking back, she wonders how she ever found time to work. Between Rotary, her church and being an active grandmother who cares for a 3-year-old granddaughter two days a week, Theresa has also been involved with American Red Cross. She is on the disaster assistance team. Their job is to assist community members with acquiring necessary resources to help get them through the days immediately following a disaster like a fire or flood. Theresa also spends as much time as she can with a second granddaughter in Arizona.
James (3 months old) and Sadie (2-1/2 years old) were born to developmentally disabled parents. When their father broke Sadie’s leg, the children were removed from the home and placed into foster care.
The Judge requested a CASA volunteer for James and Sadie, and Mary was assigned to their case. As she got to know the children, she found they were incredibly friendly and outgoing and loved spending time outside.
Personal experience created a spark, but changing lives is what fuels Mo Young’s passion for volunteering with CASA. Mo’s mother was on the Board of Directors for CASA in the late 90’s, so as a young person she was aware of how important the organization is and how it helps kids in her community.
As an adult, when Mo and her family decided to adopt a child through the foster care system, they had the pleasure of working with a CASA from Portland. Now Mo is paying it forward for other children and creating an example for her own daughter, like her mother did when she was a child.
Two easy ways to help CASA during Child Abuse Prevention Month: shop at Chico's on April 9th or enjoy at pint at The Filling Station on April 17th. Click here for all the info.
Stephanie was 6 years old when her mother dropped her off with her father – and never returned. Shortly afterwards, the mother was arrested following a multi-state crime spree and was sent to prison. Stephanie lived with her dad for a few years, surrounded by drug use and dealing, before she was removed from the unsafe environment and placed into foster care.
Jessica was appointed to be Stephanie’s CASA volunteer. She developed a strong relationship with Stephanie through regular visits to her foster home, where Stephanie was fortunate to have wonderful foster parents. Jessica could see that Stephanie was smart and intuitive, with a good sense of herself and a level head.
We are joining forces with the Eugene Marathon this year as the beneficiaries of the Run Tracktown 5K and Kids Run on Saturday, May 9th! Click here for all the info and registration.
As a retired elementary school teacher and an active grandmother, advocating for children comes naturally for Mary Beth Lennox. She is currently working on her first case and has been a CASA volunteer since January of 2014.
Who is Mary Beth Lennox?
While chatting over coffee, it was clear to see what makes Mary Beth makes a great CASA volunteer. She has a warm smile and a welcoming presence. She is a thoughtful listener and when she talks about advocating for her CASA kids, there is a deep fire burning behind her eyes.