CASA of Ventura County Newsletters

Valentine’s Day can be more than just romantic love, but true, kind, caring love for your neighbors and those in need. How can you lead a more altruistic life this week?

Black History Month is a time to remember, celebrate and commemorate the achievements and contributions by African-American men and women throughout U.S. history.

If you want to live a more altruistic life, how can you commemorate Dr. King and continue his legacy? Here are ideas to get started this Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

New year’s resolutions are a great way to focus your year on things other than yourself—to focus on living a more altruistic lifestyle and giving back to others.

If you and your family wants to focus on giving back to others this Christmas, here are some ideas for how to start a more altruistic Christmas tradition.

We’ve compiled a list just for you on last minute gift ideas that give back. Try some of these out to celebrate the holidays more altruistically this year.

The downloadable file above is a schedule of all 2018 In-Services hosted by CASA of Ventura County on various topics that pertain to the youth community we serve. In-Services and CE Opportunities are now available to be attended by the public (unless otherwise stated).

All CASAs are required to complete 12 hours of continuing education per calendar year on topics and categories specified by the Administrative Office of the Court. You can obtain these hours through Continuing Education (eligible trainings offered by other organizations) or by attending In-Service Programs offered by CASA of Ventura County.

If you sign up for a course listed in this bulletin, please obtain a proof of attendance/participation and submit it with your Activity Sheet at the end of the month. If you learn of a training opportunity that is not listed here, please check with Janet in advance to see that it will count towards your 12 hours.

(As further clarification, hours you donate volunteering at events such as Milestones, or staffing a table at a community event, etc. are valued as Activity Hours which CASA needs to report to the State, but do not qualify as Continuing Education.)

Do you want more opportunities to give to your community? We’ve compiled a list of holiday fundraiser ideas to get involved in yourself or along with other altruistic causes.

As we dive into the season of giving this month, let’s explore how the very action of giving can lead to a more altruistic life, improve our mood and even makes us happy.

"There are unfair stereotypes and myths that affect teens in foster care. Addressing these misconceptions is critical to understanding the importance of adoption for all children and working to reduce barriers standing in the way of their adoption" (Grassley).

Gratitude is about more than taking a second to say “Thanks.” Gratitude shows true appreciation. This Thanksgiving, we have some ideas for how you can give gratitude.