2016 Christmas Parties!!

From Bowling with the Chamber Ambassadors to posing in front of the  "fire place", Nicole was having a blast at the Christmas Parties this year.

Christmas Parades

One of the highlights for Brush Country CASA this Holiday Season was participating in the Christmas Parades in Jim Wells and Kleberg County.  Although the weather was rainy the staff was still able to ban together and produce a float to be proud of. Special thank you to Brandon Perryman who did an awesome job with the woodwork!

 

Oilfield Militia Hosts Toy Drive for CASA

On November 28th members of the Oilfield Militia and their families set up outside of Texas Car Title & Payday Loan Services, Inc in Kingsville, Texas in an effort to collect toys for Brush Country CASA. This years event was a huge success despite the weather and featured performances from our local Ballet Folklorico. Characters were also available for photographs and the folks with the Oilfield Militia provided raffle items for their patrons.  The toys provided to CASA will be distributed by the volunteers to the children they serve right here in our community. CASA volunteers are trained to stand up for children who are in foster care due to abuse and neglect.  Brush Country  CASA would like to thank everyone who helped with this event especially the Oilfield Militia, for their outstanding contribution of over 75 toys. Our children are lucky to have such a wonderful group friends in their corner.
 
Please consider becoming a CASA volunteer. The greatest gift you can give to a child in foster care is your time. Listen to them, speak up for them and make a positive impact in their lives. Call Nicole at 361-595-7233 to learn more about the CASA program. Don't wait! Every day feels like an eternity to a child in care.

Kleberg County Fall Health Fair

Brush Country CASA was present at this years Kleberg County Fall Health Fair on November 20th. Lots of folks showed up to get information and services which included free flu shots and diabetes screening. 

County Judge Rudy Madrid was there handing out free tickets to see Kevin Fowler!!

District Attorney Donates to Brush Country CASA

On November 10, 2015, the Kleberg County District Attorney, John Hubert, presented Brush Country CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) with a $5,000 check from the District Attorney's Asset Forfeiture Fund to provide services for child victims of abuse and neglect. The District Attorney's Office applied these funds to the Coastal Bend Day of Giving where their donation for Brush Country CASA was doubled.

Brush Country CASA recruits, trains, and supports community volunteers who advocate for the best interest of children who are before the Court as a result of abuse and neglect as defined by the state Child Welfare Laws. Brush Country CASA's goal is to place these children in safe, nurturing environments as quickly as possible.

We would like to express our gratitude for Mr. Hubert and the Kleberg County Commissioners for their generous contribution. 

2015 Valero Benefit for Children

Brush Country CASA was nominated for the 2015 Valero Benefit for Children and was awarded $8,000.The Valero Benefit for Children raises money for children’s charities in the communities where Valero has major operations. The Valero Texas Open, together with the Valero Benefit for Children, is one of the top charitable tournaments on the PGA TOUR. Since it became title sponsor in 2002, Valero has raised more than $100 million, the fastest to do so on TOUR.

The money awarded to Brush Country CASA will be used to recruit, train and support community volunteers who help guide children through the foster care system by gathering information from everyone in the child's life. The volunteer then provides the Judge with recommendations regarding placement of the children and services they may benefit from. Our goal is to make sure that these children find a safe, nurturing and permanent home as quickly as possible.

In 2014 Brush Country CASA served 172 of the 240 children in DFPS custody in our service area, which includes Kleberg, Duval, Brooks, Kendy, and Jim Wells Counties. Sadly the number of children in care are rising and CASA is working diligently to bring more CASA volunteers to the children in our community who so desperately need them. With the help of Valero, we are now one step closer. Thank you so very much for your continued support. Together we will make a difference in the life of a child. For more information about Brush Country CASA and how you can become a CASA Volunteer, please contact Nicole by phone at 361.595.7233, or by email at casarecruiter.7233@sbcglobal.net.

Halloween Festivities

Halloween is a fun and spooky time for children and their families. During the month of October the community comes together to provide children with a safe trick or treat experience. 
Take a look at the Halloween events Brush Country CASA participated in this year.

Go Green for Halloween

10/28/2015 in Kingsville, Texas

The Noon Lions Club Halloween Carnival

10/30/2015 in Kingsville, Texas

CASA Swears in Five New Volunteers

Brush Country CASA is excited to welcome our newest addition to our outstanding group of volunteers. Elvira Shugart, Amber Lange, Chastity Estrello, Patricia Garza and Clarissa Arguillo were sworn in on October 21, 2015 by Judge Martin Chiuminatto. 

Congratulations!! Thank you for taking the time to make a difference in the life of a child. We are forever grateful!

Coastal Bend Day of Giving

Pre-schedule your Day of Giving Donation TODAY! Every Donation Counts!

This year, it is even easier to donate on the newly renovated Day of Giving website, www.coastalbenddayofgiving.org !

You may now pre-schedule your donations from November 1 to November 9 to be processed on November 10. ACH (e-check) donations are now accepted.

The need is still great - please consider giving again this year and forwarding this email to friends so that they might donate, too.

Brush Country CASA is proud to be participating again this year in the Coastal Bend Day of Giving which begins on Tuesday, November 10, 2015! The Coastal Bend Day of Giving provides a ONE-DAY 24 HOUR opportunity to make a donation to Brush Country CASA and have your gift matched up to $16,250.00!!

For more information, please contact Jennifer Martinez, Brush Country CASA Executive Director, at 361-595-7233 or jen.martinez_aa@sbcglobal.net. You may also visit www.coastalbenddayofgiving.com.

Your donation is the difference between thriving and simply surviving for the foster children we serve. We are so grateful for your support.

Once Upon A Crime Fundraiser

The Kingsville  Crime Stoppers held their annual Once Upon A Crime Fundraiser on October 10, 2015 at the KC Hall in Kingsville, Texas. This years theme was "Murder at Deadwood Saloon". Brush Country CASA board members and staff were in attendance for this amazing event. This year, attendees had to pinpoint “who dunnit” out of a lineup of 20 Wild West “suspects” including our very own board president Stefanie Perryman who dressed up as the saloon owner, Mr. Harry Money.  The victim of the night was Mitch Maverick, a traveling businessman, and the dubious winner of the poker tournament. The victim was shot during the middle of the event’s dinner.

We were so grateful to be able to participate in this years fundraiser. Keep up the great work Kingsville Crime Stoppers!

Jim Wells County Farmers Market

Brush Country CASA set up a booth at the Jim Wells County Farmers Market on Saturday, October 10, 2015 in an effort to educate the community about CASA  as well as recruit valuable volunteers for our program.  

2015 AISD Parental Involvement Conference

The Alice ISD Parental Involvement Conference was held on October 17, 2015.  The event is geared towards helping parents and guardians learn how they can help their child have a successful learning experience. 

This year the conference featured Ronny Cabrera who is a former English-ESL teacher, coach and currently a principal for La Joya ISD College and Career Center. Early in his life, Ronny learned some tough lessons, but also discovered how to turn the negatives he confronted into positive learning experiences. Through dedication, commitment and self-discipline, he has learned to deal with adversity. In August, 2005, he began to communicate his passion for teaching and coaching to thousands of people throughout the United States.

Brush Country CASA was there to provide information to parents regarding the importance of CASA in their hometown.

2015 National Night Out

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. 

This year CASA participated in the National Night Out festivities in Kleberg, Kenedy and Jim Wells Counties. CASA staff and volunteers were out to promote CASA while providing the children with goody bags containing school supplies and candy.   

State Employee Charitable Campaign

The State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) was created by legislation in 1993. The first campaign was run in 1994, and raised $2,027,751. Through the efforts and generosity of many state employees since then, the campaign has grown to exceed $9.031 million donated to charitable organizations in 2014. The Texas campaign is one of the largest state employee campaigns in the nation — and it’s still growing!

The official campaign dates are September 1 through October 31 annually.

Brush Country CASA is among those organizations eligible to receive funding from the SECC.  Every dollar donated will be used to train, recruit, and support community volunteers who then help guide children through the foster care system. Your donation will undoubtedly make a huge impact in the life of a vulnerable child.  Please choose CASA, charitable code 474100.

Coastal Bend Community Foundation Donates to Local Non-Profit

Brush Country CASA received a $5,000 grant from the Coastal Bend Community Foundation on September 16, 2015. A total of $823,500 was distributed to 150 local nonprofit organizations.  The Coastal Bend Community Foundation was incorporated in 1981 with the mission of enhancing and improving the quality of life in the seven counties of the Coastal Bend. The Foundation serves donors by providing a vehicle for the establishment of various types of charitable funds designed to fulfill their wishes. Since inception, the Foundation has distributed more than $85 million from donor contributions and revenues to scholarships for students and grants for nonprofit organizations.
Thank you Coastal Bend Community Foundation and congratulations to all of the recipients! We are truly grateful for your continued support.  
 
For more information about the Coastal Bend Community Foundation please visit http://www.cbcfoundation.org/. For more information about how you can make a difference in the life of a child please visit www.brushcountrycasa.org.

Hamburger Plate Sale COMING TO ALICE!

Brush Country CASA is excited to be hosting a Hamburger Fundraiser on September 11, 2015 at Greens Nursery, 1464 E. Main Street in Alice. The funds generated for this event will be used to send Brush Country CASA volunteers to the 2015 CASA Conference in San Marcos, Texas on November 5, 2015. The 2015 CASA Conference provides our volunteers with the additional training, encouragement and motivation they need to continue advocating for the children in foster care in your own community.

In order for this fundraiser to be a success, we need your support! We invite you to either participate by purchasing your Hamburger ticket for $7 TODAY! Each includes a hamburger, chips, drink and all the fixings. FREE DELIVERY in Alice for purchases of 5 or more tickets.

CASA volunteers can make a lifelong difference in the lives of the children they represent. They can stop the cycle of abuse and neglect for generations to come. Please join us in making this Hamburger Fundraiser a success! Call 361.595.7233 or 361.668.3000 for more information.

UPDATE: HAMBURGER FUNDRAISER IN KINGSVILLE

The Hamburger Fundraiser in Kingsville was a BIG success generating over $1,000 which will go towards the cost of CASA Conference for participation volunteers. Plus, we had a wonderful time at the actual plate sale.  It is always fun when volunteers and staff get together.

Thank you to everyone who played a part int his fundraiser. We are truly grateful!

Bealls Community Event Benefits CASA

Stage Stores which includes Bealls, Goody's, Palais Royal, Peebles and Stage is committed to the communities in which they serve. From September 1 - 30, Stage Stores will host their bi-annual 30 Days of Giving, Community Counts campaign. During this time, their customers will have the opportunity to make a donation to local community organizations when shopping in store. To thank their customers for their donation, they will receive a 30% Community Counts Savings Pass to be redeemed in store, October 12 - 15. 100% of the proceeds go to the selected organization! Giving Back, Moving Forward.
 
This year the Bealls Store in Kingsville will be hosting this campaign and all of the proceeds will be donated to Brush Country CASA!!! Make sure to drop by and donate!! WHEN YOU GIVE A LITTLE, YOU SAVE A LOT!!!

Tot Spot Holds School Supplies Drive for CASA

Brush Country CASA would like to sincerely thank the students and staff at The Tot Spot in Kingsville, Texas for their charitable contribution. The students collected over 539 items including glue, scissors, pencils, spiral notebooks and binders which will be given to foster children that CASA serves. The winning class, Sky 2, brought in a whopping 177 items which secured them a pizza party.  Thank you so very much to The Tot Spot for hosting the school supplies drive for CASA. The Tot Spot is not just a daycare, but one big family. We truly appreciate your support. 

CASA in the Community

Brush Country CASA attends as many community events as possible in order to; 1.) Recruit quality volunteers to help advocate for abused and neglected children. 2.) Raise awareness of abuse and neglect in our community. August was an excellent month for community outreach. Take a look at some of the events we attended.

Events Not Pictured:

Jim Wells County Back to School Bash in Alice, Texas

Kingsville I.S.D Community Fair