Do More 24

Tomorrow, June 19, has been designated as Do More 24™ in the DC metro area. Organized by United Way of the National Capital Area, Do More 24™ leverages the power of individuals with a one day online fundraising event to support the region’s nonprofit organizations as they respond to our community’s most pressing challenges. Fairfax CASA is proud to participate in this year’s campaign and we invite you to participate as well!

Please make a donation or widen our circle of support by passing this email on to three friends.

At Fairfax CASA, our goal is to ensure that every abused and neglected child has the opportunity to grow, learn and thrive in the safe embrace of a loving home. Our challenge is to provide a highly trained and supervised CASA volunteer advocate who will stand up for these children in court and fight for their rights.

Be a part of this powerful movement:
1) Starting at midnight tonight, you have 24 hours to make an online donation
2) Bookmark this giving link
3) Encourage 3 friends to give

Make tomorrow a great day for children in our community!

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Fairfax CASA’s ExxonMobil Summer Intern

stephanie Please stop in and say hello to Stephanie Scriven, this summer’s ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program intern. This summer, Stephanie will be working on painting a picture of Fairfax CASA’s story, using film as her canvas.

Stephanie was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. Though most of her family is in the military, Stephanie says she was blessed to be able to stay in one place most of her life. You might hear Steph talk about El Paso as one of the best places in the world, but she also loves to travel and have adventures. As a self-proclaimed “out-doorsy” person, Steph loves to go four-wheeling, go on cruises, and camp in tents with her family and friends.

During the year, she is devoted to her studies at George Mason University pursuing a double major in Film and Video Studies and Social Work.

Stephanie has a passion for children and plans to use her love of film to support those who are less fortunate. When asked about her philosophy on a career in film, Steph says, “We all have a story; it’s just a matter of telling it or not.”

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Fairfax CASA Welcomes our new Executive Assistant and Finance Coordinator!

Lauren Raised in Reston, VA, Lauren Arcudi received her B.S in Political Science with a concentration in Government from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Lauren began her career as a Legislative Assistant and Finance Director to Delegate Joe Morrissey at the Virginia House of Delegates. Prior to working with Mr. Morrissey, Lauren served as a finance intern for Senator Tim Kaine’s 2012 Senate Campaign. In her free time Lauren enjoys walking her dog Theodore, reading and going to theater.

This month, Lauren begins her role as Executive Assistant and Finance Coordinator, replacing Rebecca Megel. Lauren will assist Lisa Banks with all administrative, HR, fundraising, and financial matters for Fairfax CASA. Lauren shares that she loves fundraising and is excited about making next year’s Run for the Children an even bigger success!

Passionate about the needs of children, Lauren believes that every child deserves a loving home. She is thrilled to be working at Fairfax CASA where she will have an opportunity to make a difference in her community. Please stop by and introduce yourself to Lauren when you are in the office!

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A Shared Legacy of Hope for Children

On May 3, with the help of many faithful sponsors, we hosted our 4th annual Run for the Children in Fairfax. It was another spectacular event, enhanced by beautiful spring weather and the participation of nearly 900 runners and walkers and 200 volunteers who came together to honor the powerful work of our CASA volunteers. The race grounds buzzed with energy as families, friends, and colleagues celebrated Fairfax CASA’s 25 years of advocacy for more than 6,000 abused and neglected children. Supporters applauded our ability to provide a CASA volunteer to every abused or neglected child who enters the court’s protection, a milestone that we reached and have maintained for nearly a year.

We started the Run for the Children as an occasion where our entire community might engage in the fight to keep children safe and to protect their dignity and rights. You have met the call, and exceeded our expectations by not only participating year after year, but also by bringing a new friend or two each time to learn about CASA. And with each year, your collective generosity has grown; the race has now raised a total of $589,463!

Our achievements have not happened by chance. They are the result of vision, determination, and compassion put forth by thousands of individuals for a quarter century. Our founders, and past and present staff, CASA volunteers, board members, stakeholders, supporters, donors – in short, YOU – share in Fairfax CASA’s legacy of giving abused and neglected children hope and a better future.

Thank you for your steadfast commitment to children and your recognition of the value in our work. We are humbled and grateful.

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SRA makes a proud showing at the 2014 Run for the Children

03May14_FairfaxCasa__57SRA’s culture of corporate citizenship shines through thanks to a special team of employees.

SRA International made a wholehearted commitment to Fairfax CASA this year, first as the water bottle sponsor, and second as the proud host of the “Walking the Talk Team.” This team of talented SRA employees worked tirelessly to raise funds for the race, ultimately bringing in over $13, 600 – more than any other team — to support Fairfax CASA’s work with abused and neglected children.

Under the leadership of SRA Senior HR Business Partner – Health, Colleen Bjork, the “Walking the Talk Team” reached out to fellow SRA colleagues, friends, and family for donations, and even hosted a bake sale to kick off their efforts. In speaking about what motivated the team, Colleen reflected, “All children should have the opportunity to grow up in an environment where they are safe and able to experience all of the beautiful things life has to offer. While it is unfortunate that children are exposed to harm and neglect on a daily basis, we are very lucky to have the CASA program. Events such as the Run for the Children allow SRA to demonstrate its commitment to its core values and reinforce its culture of corporate citizenship. We stand behind Fairfax CASA’s mission and look forward to future partnerships. ”

For 30 years, SRA has provided IT solutions and professional services to government clients in civilian, defense, health, intelligence, law enforcement and homeland security agencies. Every day, SRA employees apply their creativity and expertise in support of our customers’ most critical missions, to ensure the safety, security, health and wellbeing of our nation. SRA believes that people are our best asset. To learn more about SRA and its current open positions please visit www.sra.com/careers.

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Rebecca Megel- Fairfax CASA Bids a Fond Farewell!  

RebeccaAfter five years on staff, the Fairfax CASA family bids a heartfelt goodbye to Rebecca Megel, the program’s Finance and Project Specialist.
Rebecca, or “Becca” as she is called in the office, graduated from the George Mason University School of Law this May. She will be studying to take the Virginia Bar exam this summer and then pursuing a career as an attorney.

Becca deserves much of the credit for launching Fairfax CASA’s major fundraising event, the Run for the Children. She has also been instrumental in organizing the program’s finances, helping create the new website, coordinating with the Board, communicating with donors, and assisting with other events.

When asked what would stand out for her about her time at CASA, Rebecca said, “My favorite memory of Fairfax CASA is honoring the volunteers at the Light of Hope celebration each year and hearing their stories. I have yet to make it through one without tearing up.”

We will miss Rebecca’s hard work and dedication to CASA, not to mention her bright and welcoming smile. Our family at Fairfax CASA will miss you, Becca. We wish you all the best in your next chapter!

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National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Why do people volunteer? For many reasons, I am sure. Here at Fairfax CASA I have had the chance to talk with hundreds of CASA volunteers about their cases and ask them what inspires them to do this challenging work. Without question, a desire to serve the greater good is their number one driving force. Most volunteers tell me they feel fortunate in their own lives and want to give vulnerable children the same chance for success in life.

Our volunteers demonstrate passion and determination as they fight for the rights of the children they serve. In ways large and small, they achieve their goal of improving a child’s chances for a better life – and they deserve to be celebrated for their success.

Fortunately, springtime is a prime time to celebrate!

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness about child abuse across the country. This year, the season also marks a special anniversary for Fairfax CASA – our 25th year of service to the community. Over the past 25 years, 1,636 CASA volunteers have helped to better the prospects for more than 6,000 abused and neglected children in Fairfax County.

Please help us celebrate the accomplishments of our amazing volunteers and raise awareness about child abuse and neglect by participating in the May 3 Run for the Children 8K Race & 3K Run/Walk. Test your time in the 8K, form a team and walk the 3K, or volunteer the day-of to marshal the race. Whatever your reasons, I know you, too, will experience the pride and the satisfaction of giving back for the greater good.

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Race Day Entertainment & Raffle! 

Raffle 2014...Fairfax CASA’s 4th Annual Run for the Children 8K Race and 3K Run/Walk takes place Saturday, May 3! This year’s post-race celebration will be bigger and more fun than ever before!

To commemorate the 25th Anniversary of CASA’s presence in Fairfax County, there will be a party complete with cake and entertainment and special recognition of the CASA volunteers who advocate on behalf of abused and neglected children in our community.

Crowds will be entertained by 94.7 Fresh FM’s Taylor Shay and the Fresh FM team and SoundWavesDJs, and nourished by local restaurants, including Hard Times Café, Coyote Grille and Rita’s of Fairfax Italian Ice. An EventShare Photo Booth will be set up for capturing mementos of the day. Children are encouraged to explore one of Fairfax City’s fire engines and learn about safety from local firefighters, while parents visit the wellness area for chiropractic and health screenings provided by Loebig Chiropractic and Rehab and Walgreens Pharmacy.

This year’s raffle offers plenty of chances to win a lot for a little! Raffle items include:

• Tickets to the Nationals v. Rangers game
• Tickets to the Ravens v. Steelers game
• An iPad
• Golf foursomes at Twin Oaks Golf Course and Laurel Hill Golf Club
• A $100 gift card to Wolf Trap
• A wine education class from The Wine House for 10 people
• 10 hot vinyasa flow classes at Down Dog Yoga
• A pizza package from Papa Murphy’s including four coupons for free large pizzas, four coupons for free Mini-Murph pizzas and other essential pizza-making supplies
• A two-night stay at the Residence Inn by Marriott Fairfax City for two

Raffle tickets are $5 each, 5 for $20 or 15 for $50 and can be purchased at the Fairfax CASA office during business hours, during the kick-off party at Hard Times Café on May 1 (Lunch-Dinner), during packet pick-up at Pacers on May 1-2 or at the post-race event. Each item will have its own drawing and winners do not need to be present to win. For a full list of raffle items, visit here.

To learn more about how to be part of this year’s race, go to www.fairfaxrunforthechildren.com

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Corrine Cavaliere- Celebrating 10 Years with Fairfax CASA! 

CorrineCongratulations to Corrine Cavaliere, our Project Associate, who is celebrating her 10th anniversary on staff at Fairfax CASA.

Anyone who has stopped by the CASA office knows Corrine. She is the welcoming figure in the front office who takes the time to learn every volunteer’s name and make sure that they have the resources they need. Always organized, Corrine juggles a host of case-related tasks each day, from ensuring that unassigned hearings are covered to running background checks. She is often referred to as the “glue” that holds the office together.

Corrine enjoys the small office environment and the shared commitment to an important cause that characterize the CASA work. “I love my job because no day is ever the same. It is a blessing to see how a strong volunteer team can make a long lasting impact on a child’s life,” says Corrine.

Thank you Corrine for your hard work over these 10 years! Our CASA family would not be the same without you!

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June 2014

Children with a CASA volunteer: 222
Volunteers assigned to cases: 131
New children with CASA volunteers already matched: 17
Children waiting for a volunteer: 0

May 2014

Children with a CASA volunteer: 221
Volunteers assigned to cases: 130
New children with CASA volunteers already matched: 13
Children waiting for a volunteer: 0

April 2014

Children with a CASA volunteer: 264
Volunteers assigned to cases: 136
New children with CASA volunteers already matched: 6
Children waiting for a volunteer: 0

March 2014

Children with a CASA volunteer: 268
Volunteers assigned to cases: 139
New children with CASA volunteers already matched: 21
Children waiting for a volunteer: 0

February 2014

Children with a CASA volunteer: 263
Volunteers assigned to cases: 137
New children with CASA volunteers already matched: 25
Children waiting for a volunteer: 0

January 2014

Children with a CASA volunteer: 266
Volunteers assigned to cases: 134
New children with CASA volunteers already matched: 9
Children waiting for a volunteer: 0

December 2013

Children with a CASA volunteer: 248
Volunteers assigned to cases: 131
New children with CASA volunteers already matched: 23
Children waiting for a volunteer: 0

November 2013

Children with a CASA volunteer: 247
Volunteers assigned to cases: 133
New children with CASA volunteers already matched: 21
Children waiting for a volunteer: 0

October 2013

Children with a CASA volunteer: 251
Volunteers assigned to cases: 138
New children with CASA volunteers already matched: 21
Children waiting for a volunteer: 0

September 2013

Children with a CASA volunteer: 246
Volunteers assigned to cases: 138
New children with CASA volunteers already matched: 17
Children waiting for a volunteer: 0

August 2013

Children with a CASA volunteer: 249
Volunteers assigned to cases: 139
New children with CASA volunteers already matched: 2
Children waiting for a volunteer: 0

Annual FY13 Statistics

# of children served by a CASA volunteer:  416
# of additional children whose cases were monitored by staff or volunteers:  18
Volunteers active on cases:  175
Case hours devoted by CASA volunteers:  23,299
Volunteer contacts with children:  5,016
Miles driven by volunteers in the course of their CASA work:  170,221

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