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Piedmont CASA President Kate Duval and Rev. Ann West, a CASA Volunteer
Piedmont CASA President Kate Duval and Rev. Ann West, a CASA Volunteer

Piedmont CASA goes to Madison and Orange

17 August 2023. As part of a 3-year expansion plan, Kate Duvall has been traveling all around Fluvanna, Madison, and Orange to meet the communities and introduce them to Piedmont CASA. She was invited to speak at the August meeting of the Madison Ministerial Association. Here she is shown with Anne West, pastor of Piedmont Episcopal (Madison) and Grace Episcopal (Stanardsville) churches. Rev. West is also a Piedmont CASA Volunteer.

Fluvanna County Fair 8-19-23

Kate and Leah take PCASA to the Fluvanna County Fair

19 August 2023. On a sunny Saturday,  President Kate Duvall and Program Director Leah Cole set up a Piedmont CASA table at the Fluvanna County Fair. It was a chance to meet folks, talk about our expansion, and share stories about the life-changing work of CASA Volunteers. Plus we got some terrific artwork from kids - drawings donated to help us tell the story of CASA kids. Look for them in our Annual Impact Report, coming in November.

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Piedmont CASA Voices: What are you reading?

23 August 2023. "I am constantly carrying a book around my house in case I can snatch a few seconds of reading, and the stack of them on my bedside table is downright dangerous.

For a fun diversion, I asked the staff here at Piedmont CASA about some of their favorite books – those they are currently reading, and those that have stayed with them long after finishing. While most of these books have little to do with the mission of Piedmont CASA, we still hope you enjoy our recommendations and add them to your reading list."

CASA Vol Michael Richards, Steve Dufort, Guimin Zhang + mention Connie Conlon and Amy Schanz

Big thanks to the men and women of Emerson for another great year of providing backpacks and supplies for CASA kids!

August 2023. For nineteen years, Piedmont CASA kids have been returning to school with the backpacks and supplies they need because the folks at Emerson have got their back.

From left: CASA Volunteer Michael Richards and CASA Supervisor Stephen Dufort in front of one of the cars they just loaded with backpacks. On the right: Guiman Zhang, one of the Emerson Angels. Not shown: the amazing Connie Conlon and Amy Schanz, project coordinators for Emerson.

UVA SOM volunteers work their magic again!

8 August 2023. Four first-year students at the UVA School of Medicine spent their afternoon working at Piedmont CASA. They painted a much-needed logo on the fence in our parking lot, and put together office furniture for our new CASA Supervisor. The furniture project was more challenging than expected, in part because parts were missing, but they were determined and got the job done. Big thanks to Anuradha Raghu, Sydney Miles, Anna Diederich, and Khalid Elhadi!


CASA Volunteer Casey Werderman is in C-Ville Weekly's Giving Guide

August 17 is National Nonprofit Day. So in the annual Giving Guide published by C-Ville Weekly, Casey Werdermen spoke out about why he is a Piedmont CASA Volunteer. Thank you, Casey, for helping to inspire men and women in our community to become life-changing advocates for children and youth in the foster care system!

Poor little children with received food from volunteers outdoors

Fluvanna Review writes story on PCASA's need for Volunteers

21 July 2023. As part of our 3-year expansion plan, President Kate Duvall is introducing Piedmont CASA to men and women throughout Fluvanna. She gave a presentation at July’s virtual meeting of the local progressive club, the Lefty Lunch Ladies, and the Fluvanna Review was there. Fluvanna is the first phase of our expansion, Madison is phase 2, and Orange is phase 3.


Kid's Choice Playhouse featured in C-Ville Weekly's Summer Abode magazine

Summer 2023. In April, the folks at Piedmont CASA were looking for a way to raise money that didn't simply involve collecting donations. What they came up with - a professionally designed playhouse chosen by kids - was an unconventional approach, but right in line with their mission.

The story is on pages 16-17.

U.S. Supreme Court

Piedmont CASA Voices: The Supreme Court in Action

“Our Supreme Court has been busy lately, hasn’t it? Were you following the big decisions that came down last term? There were three that caused major waves around the country and in the news – a ruling that ends affirmative action in higher education; one to kill President Biden’s plan to cancel student loan debt; and a decision that affects gay rights....”

Kiwanis Cozy Packs

13 July 2023. Remember how much you had to buy when you were setting up your first apartment? All the essentials from pots and pans to towels to bedding. It adds up fast. That's why the Kiwanis Club of Charlottesville came up with Cozy Comforts - fabulous starter kits for young people in our Bridges to Success program. Thank you, Kiwanis!

Kati and Alison at the Madison County Fair

12 July 2023. CASA Supervisors Kati Naess and Alison Taravella set up our tent and table at the County Fair to start introducing Piedmont CASA to the folks in Madison. They were touched to see the hot air balloon painting honoring the late Judge Edward Berry, a longtime fixture in the courts for kids.

Kate on NBC 29 8-29-23

Kate on NBC29 Community Connections

24 July 2023. Piedmont CASA President Kate Duvall was on NBC29 to talk about our need for more CASA Volunteers in our current service area: Charlottesville, Albemarle, Greene, and Louisa. Kate also announced our 3-year expansion into Fluvanna, Madison, and Orange - and our need to recruit men and women from those communities to become child advocates. Find out more about becoming a CASA Volunteer at pcasa.org.


The Events Coordinator Position Has Been Filled

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Events Coordinator is responsible for the management and coordination of fundraising, awareness, recruitment, and recognition events at Piedmont CASA. This position will also be responsible for marketing and staffing events. The Events Coordinator will work in coordination with the Program Director, Advancement Director, and President.

This is a part-time, salaried position with an opportunity for advancement as the organization expands its service area.

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A Time to Grow

"As best interest advocates for children, how can Piedmont CASA turn a blind eye to the needs of children in our neighboring communities? It is in those children’s best interest that we expand our service area to include their home counties. They must have a voice throughout their foster care journey. So, with the support and approval of the presiding Judges, other professionals in the child welfare system, community members, and our Board of Directors, Piedmont CASA intends to roll-out coverage to these three additional counties in phases, beginning with Fluvanna."


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