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Today, we celebrate the birthday of A.A. Milne, the creator of Winnie the Pooh, whose stories have delighted millions of children and adults alike for the past 9 decades. Milne's stories doubtless have much to teach children, about loyalty, kindness, curiosity, and friendship. Looking back on Winnie the Pooh, I was surprised to realize how much wisdom there is for adults, particularly CASA volunteers, in the pages of his stories.
Today, we celebrate the birthday of A.A. Milne, the creator of Winnie the Pooh, whose stories have delighted millions of children and adults alike for the past 9 decades. Milne's stories doubtless have much to teach children, about loyalty, kindness, curiosity, and friendship. Looking back on Winnie the Pooh, I was surprised to realize how much wisdom there is for adults, particularly CASA volunteers, in the pages of his stories.
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"Having worked with engineering data and heavy equipment and manufacturing for 35 years, getting into the social area was a big change," he explained."But that's one of the reasons I really enjoy it." 
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CASA of Travis County recently had forwarded to us a memo from the union that represents elves and reindeer (as well as other assorted mythical artisans and teamsters) regarding certain holiday needs. We wanted to share the memo with you as it is pertinent to the CASA Holiday Toy Drive. 
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"This weekend, twenty-two teens came to the CASA offices for a Teen Advocacy and Permanency Project Meet-Up. The event was themed around Dia de los Muertos, the traditional Mexican holiday honoring the dead and inviting their souls back to visit us. The teens heard from a speaker who explained the holiday and her own connection to it, and then they created their own decorative skull etchings. Some kids at the meet-up were familiar with Dia de los Muertos, having celebrated the holiday in their own homes, but other learned about it for the first time. The teens present had a chance to share with each other and discuss how they personally could incorporate elements into their own lives."
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Five minutes before the start of a Walk to End Alzheimer's in Temple, Texas, someone approached Tracy Hamilton and mentioned that they had no one to sing the National Anthem. It took only a moment for Tracy to step up and volunteer. Five minutes later, she was singing for the crowd. That's just who Tracy is. When there is something that needs to be done to help others, she will step up and do it without a second thought. For six years now, she ha...
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"It felt like I always had a heart for helping," explained Fawn Jackson-Young, a Utility Account Analyst who has worked for the City of Austin for 23 years. "As I got older it seemed like that heart was coming out more and more."
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This weekend, hundreds of Austinites will give their time and talents to nonprofits throughout the city, during the annual MLK Day of Service. It’s a beautiful way to honor Dr. King, who famously stated, “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.” The acts of giving that we see this weekend will prove, once again, just how great a city Austin is.
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A CASA volunteer and close friend of mine recently explained to me that being a CASA volunteer is a lot like being a farmer. Because of CASA, seeds of love and hope for the future are planted in each child served. Even though you work hard to ensure that these seeds grow, for both our volunteers and the farmer, the harvest comes later. You may or may not get to see all the fruits of your labor. Much like the farmer dedicates each day to tending to his crops, volunteers dedicate their time to helping kids in care. With no immediate results, this hard work can often feel unappreciated.
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“Are you always going to take care of me? If not, where would I live? Would I have to live with strangers?”

These are the heartbreaking questions our 2nd grade daughter asks when we tell her about the children we’re helping by volunteering as child advocates for CASA of Travis County. 
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Nancy Pollard is a superhero twice over: a CASA volunteer and a superhero fundraiser. Last year, on the strength of her superhero fundraising emails, she raised more than $3,000 for CASA kids, taking the prize as the second largest fundraiser of 2015 and the fifth largest fundraiser in the history of the CASA Superhero Run. We asked her to share her advice for other superhero fundraisers and she took a break from fundraising to explain her seven principles.
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"As I began to get more involved with the LGBTQ community, I quickly realized that not all those in our community had such a wonderful, feel good coming out story. I realized that there was pain, abandonment, and a lack of belonging in some of the experiences that were shared with me. I was heartbroken to learn this. As a CASA Teen Advocacy Specialist, I began to learn that our youth who identify as LGBT in care are more likely to face physical and emotional abuse and become homeless as a result."
I came out to my friends and family in 2012. The feelings I felt? Scared. Worried. Nervous. Even though I knew (deep down) that those close to me would be accepting, I still had these emotions constantly present. The butterflies in the pit of my stomach, having a difficult time saying the short phrase, “I am gay.” After that courageous moment of being proud of my identity, I figured that was the end of it. That I could now move on and not have to...
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CASA speaks up for children who’ve been abused or neglected by empowering our community to volunteer as advocates for them in the court system.
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CASA of Travis County believes every child who's been abused or neglected deserves to have a dedicated advocate speaking up for their best interest in court, at school and in our community. To accomplish this, CASA educates and empowers diverse community volunteers who ensure each child's needs remain a priority in an over-burdened child welfare system. When the state steps in to protect a child's safety because the people responsible for protecting them have not, a judge appoints a trained CASA volunteer to make independent and informed recommendations and help the judge decide what's best for the child.

For children who've been abused or neglected, CASA means having a home instead of feeling lost, and being a priority instead of feeling invisible. For volunteers, CASA is a life-changing experience that makes our community a better place.

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