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12-08-22 - Kate and dalmations donated by @albemarlefire and @plowandhearth

Dalmatians for CASA kids

On the morning of December 8 - a pack of big and cuddly Dalmatians took over our conference room. Thank you Albemarle County Fire Rescue and Plow & hearth for donating these fabulous critters to CASA kids!


Get to Know...Gwen Jones, Bridges to Success Coach

“...I started working as a Bridges Coach in 2017. I was drawn to the job because I had spent ten plus years fostering teens, and I was frustrated by the lack of services available to them once they turned 18. When I saw the job announcement for the Bridges Coach position, I felt it was an opportunity to “put my money where my mouth is....”

Kiwanis fills our office with the holiday spirit

Kiwanis Club members came by on the evening of November 28 to help address envelopes for holiday cards - and they brought us festive and fragrant holiday greenery for our front door. Left to right: Bob Ribando, Jim Hart, Charlie Krizek, Eric Lamb, Dana Douglas, and Dennis Baugh. Thank you, Kiwanians! CASA Kids Need Kiwanis - and we are so glad to have them on our team!

Volunteer Induction photo November 29, 2022

Introducing our newest PCASA Volunteers!

On November 29, 2022, the Honorable David M. Barredo gave the oath to 11 newly minted Piedmont CASA Volunteers. Left to right: PCASA Board Chair Jack Bocock, Kimberly Selby, Casey Werderman, PCASA President Kate Duvall, Amelia Walker, Anne West, Megan Bailes, Judge Barredo, Andrea Arango, Mary Anne Harkins, Joseph Berndt, Kathryn Kennedy, John Burch, and Jillian Smith. Not Shown: Danna Kelley. Congratulations!

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What My Bones Know, by Stephanie Foo

“I hadn’t understood how far the disease had spread. How complete its takeover of my identity was. . . My trauma is literally pumping through my blood, driving every decision in my brain.” So begins the memoir, What my Bones Know, by Stephanie Foo.

This book is an odyssey through the battleground of Foo’s childhood into her adulthood, and the ensuing effects on both her body and her behavior of that trauma.


A Look at Our Impact in the Community

Letter From Our Leaders | CASA Volunteer Testimonials
The Kids We Served | Volunteer Highlights
Volunteers Who Served | Bridges To Success Highlights
Donors And Friends | Piedmont CASA Team Annual Financial Report | And More

Twelve men and women completed the Fall Training Course for becoming Piedmont CASA Volunteers! Big thanks to all the folks who donated food as our students worked their way through evening and Saturday classes - 42 hours in all!



Ashby's Mother: "CASA Played a Huge Role in Helping Me Get My Son Back"

Stephen Talks About What His Piedmont CASA Volunteer Means To Him

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What's a Parent To Do?

“By all accounts, the job market is booming. All things being equal, it should be no problem to be gainfully employed, right? Think again. What if you found the job, but your path to financial independence is blocked by the glaring issue of child care...”

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Where Does Piedmont CASA Volunteer Doug Campbell Find Hope?

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Higher Education for Foster Youth? Yes!

“While higher education can be a life-changing experience for all young people, teens in foster care are far less likely to enroll than their peers – predominately due to the lack of resources, including a support system to guide them through the process...”

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Wine & Cheese & Write

On Wednesday, October 12, Friends of CASA and Board members got together in the Piedmont CASA conference room to help personalize our Fall appeal letters. In fact, they came all week to write notes, continuing the PCASA tradition of sending stand-out letters to our fabulous friends and supporters. Thank you Friends of CASA and PCASA Board of Directors! 


Kappa Alpha Theta Hand-Addressing Envelopes

The women of Kappa Alpha are busy - but they still found time to hand-address the envelopes for our Fall Appeal from October 3-12.  Big thanks to the women of Kappa Alpha Theta-Delta Chi sorority!

Volunteer Picnic Celebration

On Tuesday, October 11, scores of Piedmont CASA Volunteers joined us at Meriwether Winery for a fabulous picnic. We had pizza from Mellow Mushroom Pizza, salads from Feast! - and MarieBetter donated a plate piled high with their delectable chocolate chunk cookies. Volunteers who had been serving five, ten, and more years were recognized - and Janet Stack was announced as the Ruth Stone Advocate of the Year!


Kids Draw for CASA at the Louisa County Fall Harvest Festival

On Saturday, October 8, Piedmont CASA set up a table at the Fall Harvest Festival in Louisa. In this photo, Louisa County CASA Supervisor Sherri Rosser and President Kate Duvall are inviting kids to 'Draw what you like'. Scores of boys and girls dropped in to draw their parents, siblings, home, pets, friends, rainbows, Spiderman - and lots more!  Almost all of them were donated to Piedmont CASA to help us tell the story of CASA kids.


Kappa Alpha Theta Presents Their Biggest Check Ever

The women of Kappa Alpha Theta have done it again. They broke another record at this year's Waffle CASA on September 17 - and raised $7,692 for Piedmont CASA. On September 28, Courtney Schoeb presented the check to Piedmont CASA President Kate Duvall. Thank you @uvatheta!


Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority Hosts Waffle CASA for PCASA

On Saturday, September 17, The women of Kappa Alpha Theta-Delta Chi opened their doors for Waffle CASA. The sorority has been hosting this fundraiser for Piedmont CASA since 1997.

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Finging Hope in the Advocate Newsletter - September Edition

We’ve known for a long time that kids with CASA Volunteers receive more medical, therapeutic, and educational support. And we’ve known that kids with CASA Volunteers spend less time in foster care because they find safe, permanent homes faster. Now studies are also showing the logical product of that advocacy: hope. When kids have CASA Volunteers, they have more hope.

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Rory Macgregor Joins Piedmont CASA as Bridges Coach

Through jobs as a teacher, counselor, and children’s mental health case manager, Rory has consistently sought more and better opportunities to, as he puts it, “interact directly with young people on a regular basis to effect positive change.”

To read Cathy Eberly's entire interview with Rory, click here:

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Into the Unknown...Back to a New School Year

“For months, numerous studies have concluded that students were experiencing increased levels of stress and depression as a result of the pandemic and the ensuing isolation due to mandated remote learning. Add to this...”

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United Way Presents Kati Naess with Above and Beyond Employee Award!

During United Way's Day of Caring on September 21, winners of their Caring for Community Awards were announced - and Piedmont CASA Supervisor Kati Naess was presented with the "Above and Beyond Employee" award! Since arriving at Piedmont CASA ten years ago, Kati has been a CASA Volunteer, Supervisor, and head of the annual backpack and holiday drives for our kids. She has supervised over 75 Volunteers and, in doing so, has helped 347 children and 168 families. We are thrilled that her hard work and dedication are being recognized throughout the community. Congratulations Kati!
From left to right: Friends of CASA Co-Chair Michele Burke, Piedmont CASA President Kate Duvall, and Kati Naess.

Kid's Choose Playhouse to be Built and Raffled Off in Spring 2023

Bushman Dreyfus Architects posted eight playhouse designs all around their conference room. At 4:00 on Friday, September 16, a group of kids were invited to check them out and vote for their favorite while nibbling on treats from Kitchen(ette). The winning playhouse (shown above) will be built on Piedmont CASAs front yard. Raffle tickets will be sold online for $10 each, or 3 for $10.

If you'd like to see all the playhouse designs, as well as photos from the kid's jury selection, click on the button below.

Greene Health & Wellness FUN FAIR

Greene Health & Wellness FUN FAIR

On Sunday, September 11, PCASA President Kate Duvall and CASA Supervisor Sherri Rosser set up a tent for Piedmont CASA at the first annual Greene County Health and Wellness Fun Fair. Despite the dreary weather, kids were smiling and pulling up to our "Draw what makes you happy" table. To help us tell the story of CASA kids, boys and girls donated some of their artwork to Piedmont CASA - the first new additions to our Kids4Kids Gallery since before the pandemic! The Fun Fair was hosted by the Greene Care Clinic.

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The Food Scarcity Crisis: How Do We Feed Our Kids?

“Virginia’s food insecurity rose to 22.5% (or more than one in five people) just during the April-May, 2020 timeframe. Fifty-eight percent of households reported they did not have money to buy enough food, and children in 29% of households were not eating enough as a result....”

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Support that Goes Above and Beyond

Rachel, Jim, and Kati - three people who consistently go above and beyond for the kids we serve. This time, we got to show our support for them. They are all nominees in the United Way Caring for Community Awards.


Emerson Donates Backpacks for CASA Kids

This is the 18th year the men and women of Emerson have been making sure that CASA kids go back to school with backpacks and all they supplies they need. Thank you!

Three angels of Emerson flank CASA Supervisor Kati Naess (in white) and Program Director Leah Cole (in green).

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Thank you UVA SOM

Last week, a group of first year students in the School of Medicine distributed our fliers all over town. They’re helping to spread the word about donating new or lightly-used art supplies and sports equipment so we can create Grab Bags of fun for CASA Kids. Big thanks to a great team!

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Let's Try a Little Kindness

 “Let’s face it. We are having a mental health crisis in this country. According to an annual survey conducted by the American Psychological Association, 44% of respondents’ reported that their stress levels have increased over the past five years...” 

To read more, follow the link with this post, or go to pcasa.org and click on the button at the top of the page that reads: Piedmont CASA Voices.

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Laurel Denise Donates Goodie Bags

We met them at the Kona Ice event, and then our lovely neighbors at Laurel Denise LLC dropped off goodie bags for some of our older youth! Thank you for helping them start the school year in style with new planners and fun jewelry!

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Cooling Off With CASA!

It's been a sweltering summer so on July 14, we brought in a Kona Ice Truck and invited our CASA Volunteers to cool off with a delicious shaved ice treat. We invited neighbors, too!


Sports Equipment for Our Kids

We know from long experience that little things can make a big difference in the lives of our boys and girls - such as a grab bag filled with fun. What kind of fun? It depends. Some of our kids adore creative outlets such as arts and crafts. Others thrive on sports and outdoor games.

If you'd like to help, let us know!


Art Supplies for Our Kids

We know from long experience that little things can make a big difference in the lives of our boys and girls - such as a grab bag filled with fun. What kind of fun? It depends. Some of our kids adore creative outlets such as arts and crafts. Others thrive on sports and outdoor games.

If you'd like to help, let us know!


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