Court Appointed Special Advocates
Our national philanthropy, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), works to give help to children in the court system. CASA's mission statement is this: "To support and promote court-appointed volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children so that they can thrive in safe, permanent homes."
A CASA volunteer is an advocate that stands by children who are caught up in the court and child welfare system because they are unable to live at home safely. These children do not have parents to care for them and are often surrounded by police, foster parents, therapists, social workers, judges, and lawyers. A CASA volunteer is one person a child in these situations can turn to for guidance and friendship.
CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children. They stay with each case until each child is placed in a stable, safe, and permanent home. They are often the only adult in many abused childrens' lives, caring for the child like a parent.
In 2009, more than 70,000 CASA volunteers helped more than 237,000 children. Currently, there are 950+ CASA programs in the United States. Since CASA was started in 1977, more than two million children have been helped by their CASA volunteers.
To access the National CASA website, click here.
|"To give a child a CASA volunteer is to give them a voice. To give them a voice is to give them hope, and to give them hope is to give them the world. I believe that with all my heart.”-Pamela Butler, sophomore at Oregon State University and recipient of a CASA volunteer as a child
How We Get Involved
Each year, the Zeta Eta chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta hosts our annual barbeque, called Pig Pickin'. Students, faculty, staff, and friends around Spartanburg come together at this event to enjoy some delicious barbeque and music. Along with help from sponsors across the Wofford and Spartanburg community, Pig Pickin' is always a success. This year we raised $3,000, all of which went toward supporting CASA!