During these uncertain times, Savannah/Chatham CASA is taking every precaution to assist in flattening the curve of the Coronavirus. Our organization serves a population which consists of children, volunteers, and foster families who may be at risk due to age, health concerns, etc. For this reason, we have taken the following precautions until further notice:
Please remember that many of the families in our community will be hit hard by the impact of the Coronavirus. Things such as reduced work hours, lay-offs, increased medical expenses, lack of child care, and much more will make 2020 a very difficult year for many working hard to be reunified with their children. Please consider providing support to families in crisis by supporting organizations that are providing needed services such as soup kitchens, food pantries, child care providers, housing assistance providers, etc. Join the Be the Good- Savannah Facebook page to stay apprised of community needs.
Please join with the Savannah/Chatham CASA staff and practice social distancing. This is not only encouraged for your well-being but for the well-being of those more vulnerable around you.
Let's resist fear and promote love. We are in this together.
Kate Blair, Executive Director
.As the world faces the pandemic of COVID-19 many communities are exercising social distancing and find themselves isolated at home, away from peers, friends, work, school, and recreational activities. Here are a few suggestions from Savannah/Chatham CASA that encourage wellness and community connections while socially distant during the coronavirus crisis.
1.Become a CASA
Sign up to learn more about becoming a CASA volunteer by visiting www.savannahcasa.org/learnmore.
Use Skype, Facetime, or Google Hangouts to video chat with friends and family while social distancing.
Use this time to declutter and tackle that organization project in your home.
Now is the time to sit back and catch up on binge-worthy television shows and series.
Pick out a good book and dedicate time to read it daily. Start a book club with a few of your friends and discuss your latest reads.
Send a letter to your pen pal the old school way- with pen, paper, and postage.
Put on some music and get dancing! Find an activity that you enjoy and do it during the day.
Evaluate your personal and professional goals and reset them if needed.
9.Try Something New
That thing that you’ve always wanted to do- do it now.
That’s right! Do absolutely nothing. Just be.
On Monday, August 5th, we celebrated the swear in of our 100th ACTIVE VOLUNTEER! During Savannah/Chatham CASA's 28 years of operation we have sworn in hundreds of volunteers but we have remained under the 100 active volunteers threshold due to attrition. As any volunteer driven organization experiences, volunteers leave our program for a number of reasons such as a new job, moving to a new community, life changes. etc. But in 2019, the Savannah/Chatham CASA staff rededicated themselves to retaining and training more volunteers than ever before. In just 8 short months, we have sworn in 36 new volunteers while only having 7 volunteers leave the program.
Due to the tireless efforts of staff and the renewed commitment of our wonderful volunteers, we now have 104 active volunteers. As the staff and volunteers work to reach our goal of serving 100 percent of children in foster care by 2021, recruitment of new volunteers will remain a priority. Currently, we serve 48 percent of the children in care, so we will need to nearly double our number of volunteers to ensure that every child experiencing foster care has a Court Appointed Special Advocate in their corner.
We want to welcome the newest group of CASA volunteers - Oliver Braun, Terry Danhof, Debra DeMilto, DeSharon Frazier, Carol Gerrin, Katie Griffith, Jane Levy, Jennifer McCarthy, Linda Johnson, and Gamu Postell.
And DeSharon Frazier became our 100th active volunteer!
A special thank you to Commissioner Jay Jones and DFCS Director, Shawn Brown, and many attorneys who came out to support our newest CASA volunteers.
Check out the pictures below from our swear in.