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CASA by the Lakes

Who We Are

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children by the Lakes (Previously CASA of Calloway and Marshall Counties, Inc.) is a non-profit organization that recruits, trains, and supports quality volunteers whose mission is to advocate for the timely and safe placement of abused and neglected children.

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What We Do

CASA volunteers speak for the best interest of children in court and advocate for each child to have a safe, permanent home. Volunteers also offer encouragement, stability, and hope during a complex and critical time in the lives of these children.

Our office is dedicated to not only recruiting and training new volunteers but providing existing volunteers with in-service opportunities that focuses on current trends and issues within the court system, child advocacy, and child development. While all of our Advocates are volunteers, it still costs $419 per year to provide one child with a Court Appointed Special Advocate.

One might think an important mission like CASA’s would receive consistent financial support from local, state or federal government.  This is not the case!  CASA receives no government funding and is wholly supported through community grants, grants from national CASA affiliate organizations, and most importantly, through donors in the community. Luckily there are lots of things you can do to help CASA grow and operate, economically and effectively:  

Ongoing Opportunities:
-Donate!
-Apply to become a Court Appointed Special Advocate 
-Volunteer 10 hours a week in the office.
-Save old ink cartridges (CASA gets $3 for each one).
-Donate stamps, copier paper, and other office supplies.
-Honor a loved one with a contribution.
-Tell your friends about CASA.
-Help sponsor an event or fundraiser. This is a gift, but one that gets your business or club positive attention and helps our children.
-Leave a lasting legacy by including CASA in your will.
-Sponsor “CASA Connection” to help keep the community informed about children’s needs and CASA activities.

Contact our office today if you’d like to a part of CASA’s growth!

Service Learning & Internships:
CASA accepts Murray State University students for Service Learning projects and internships, however there are only a limited number of spots each semester. Please contact our office by emailing casapr@murray-ky.net if you think you would like to complete your hours with our organization. An interview and background check will be required. Official openings will be posted, however you may apply at anytime for special projects.

 

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Agency Events

Cowboys vs. Robots Fun Walk/Run & Chili Challenge
CASA by the Lakes is proud to announce the 
COWBOYS vs. ROBOTS Fun Walk/Run & Chili Challenge.

Be part of pop culture as it is decided, once and for all, who prevails: cowboys or robots! On OCTOBER 25TH pick a side, dress the part, and take a stand against child abuse and neglect by walking or running across the Kentucky Dam! The team with the most participants wins! Then join the party at the Kentucky Dam Village State Park Lakeview Pavilion for the CASA Chili Challenge! Sample chili from local teams and pick your favorite! All proceeds support CASA by the Lakes.

Registration for the Cowboys vs. Robots Fun Walk/Run begins October 25th at 10:00 A.M. at the Kentucky Dam Village Beach parking lot. Individuals may register for $10. Children ages 10 and under may register for $5. The Walk/Run begins at 10:30 A.M. This is not a timed race. Prizes awarded will include: Most Creative Costume, Cutest Costume, All-Around Best Costume, Best Group, and Team Spirit Award. Run/Walk covers approximately 3 Miles.

The Annual Chili Challenge will be held immediately following the Fun Run/Walk at the Kentucky Dam Village Lakeview Pavilion. Doors open at 12:00 PM with the event lasting until 1:30 P.M. A $5 suggested donation is requested per bowl. Each $5 donation also receives one “Crowd Favorite” vote. Each additional “Crowd Favorite” vote is $1.

To compete, teams should make 1 to 2 crock pots of chili, prepared in advance. Each team receives one table to decorate in the Robots vs. Cowboys theme. Set-up begins at 10:00 A.M. Official judging will held at 11:45 A.M. A registration fee of $25 applies to each team. Deadline to enter is October 13th, 2014. Winners will be declared in: Crowd Favorite, All-Around Champion, and Best Booth.

This event is sponsored in part by Kentucky Dam Village State Park. CASA by the Lakes is a non-profit organization that recruits, trains, and supports quality volunteers whose mission is to advocate for the timely and safe placement of abused and neglected children. CASA volunteers speak for the best interest of children in court and advocate for each child to have a safe, permanent home. Volunteers also offer encouragement, stability, and hope during a complex and critical time in the lives of these children.

For additional information or to register contact CASA by the Lakes at (270) 761-0164 or casapr@murray-ky.net

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October 25, 2014 From 10:00 AM to 02:00 PM
Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park
Beach Parking Lot/Lakeview Pavilion
Gilbertsville
KY , 42044
Lindsey Harlan

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Address Information
1003 Poplar Street
Murray, KY 42071
Office Hours: Murray - Main Office: Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Benton Office: Friday only by Appointment
Contact: Lindsey Harlan
Contact Title: Director
Phone: (270) 761-0164
Fax: (270) 761-0164
Email: casapr@murray-ky.net
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