And the 2013 Nonprofit Madness winner is…

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We are excited to announce that Heart of Missouri Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is the winner of the 2013 Nonprofit Madness bracket tournament. They will be awarded $250 and an engraved award from The Rebecca Gordon Group on April 26, 2013 at Heart of Missouri CASA’s Mi CASA es Su CASA community dinner event at the Theta sorority house on the MU campus.     

casalogoHeart of Missouri CASA‘s mission is to train and support volunteers to be exceptionalvoices for every abused and neglected child in Boone and Callaway county family courts. Read more about Heart of Missouri CASA and their upcoming events in our blog post, or visit their website at: www.heartofmissouricasa.com.

Heart of Missouri CASA defeated Big Brother Big Sisters of Central Missouri in the Championship match with more than 54 percent of the vote. You can view all the results here.

Thank you so much to everyone who voted in Nonprofit Madness this year. We had such a blast putting it on and hope to do it again next year!

In case you weren’t following along the past two weeks, Nonprofit Madness is a 16 “team” tournament, matching nonprofits in Missouri against each other, head-to-head, NCAA bracket style. The winner of each head-to-head matchup was determined by online voting. There were four rounds of voting, each lasting four days, including the Sustainable 16, Impactful 8, Effective 4 and the Championship.

Other organizations participating in this year’s Nonprofit Madness included: Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association, East Missouri Action Agency, Missouri Retired Teachers Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mid-Missouri, Missouri Public School Advocates, Love INC, Heart of Missouri Girls on the Run, Missouri Health Care for All, The Child Center, Dreams to Reality, Catholic Charities St. Louis, Humane Society of Greater Kansas City, American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter and Missouri Food Bank Association.

For more information about each of the participating nonprofits, please click here.

Heart of Missouri CASA

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Heart of Missouri Court Appointed Special Advocates’ mission is to train and support volunteers to be exceptional voices for every abused and neglected child in Boone and Callaway county family courts.

They believe that all children have the right to safe, healthy, stable homes, free from abuse and neglect. A CASA volunteer, serving as a court-appointed advocate, is trained to promote and pursue the best interest of an abused or neglected child in court, and prevents the child from getting lost in the system by being sensitive to the child’s needs and presenting these needs in court. The role of the CASA volunteer in a child abuse or neglect case is to investigate the circumstances surrounding the case, make an independent evaluation with recommendations regarding actions the CASA believes are in the child’s best interest – both short and long term, and to monitor the case until a permanent placement is achieved. Through these advocacy efforts, CASA is working with the Court to ensure that every child has a chance for a brighter future.

casalogoIn 2012 they had 55 CASA Volunteers who served 102 children in Boone County.Last year alone, CASA Volunteers logged 2,113 case hours, drove 16,702 miles for their cases, completed 348 hours of continuing education, 840 hours of basic training, and 68 hours of advanced training for working with older youth. They also held 14 informational meetings for prospective volunteers in 2012.

They are swearing in their FIRST group of CASA Volunteers on April 30th at 1:30 pm who will serve in Callaway County. Prior to this (starting in 2006) they only served on Boone County cases. Heart of Missouri CASA serves the 13th Judicial Circuit which is comprised of Boone and Callaway Counties.

April is a busy month for Heart of Missouri CASA as it is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Check out some of the events and volunteer trainings they have coming up:

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7th Annual Mizzou Baseball and Softball Clinic | April 15 & 22,  5:30 – 7:30 pm
Heart of Missouri CASA and the University of Missouri Baseball and Softball Teams invite children ages 5-12 to come practice hitting, pitching, catching, and more at the Dan Devine Indoor Training Facility on the MU Campus. Family and friends are welcome to attend the Clinic and Special guest Truman the Tiger will be on hand for photo opportunities! The Clinic costs $25 for one night or $35 for both nights, and each participant will receive an event t-shirt and a light snack.

Heart of Missouri CASA also invites local foster children to attend the Clinic at no charge to their families. To make this opportunity available, Heart of Missouri CASA is seeking community members and businesses to sponsor a foster child to attend both nights of the Clinic for $35. All proceeds raised from the Clinic help Heart of Missouri CASA provide trained volunteer advocates to children in the Family Court System who have experienced abuse and neglect. For more information, to register a child, or to submit a Foster Child Sponsorship, visit our website at www.heartofmissouricasa.org or call Kelly Hill at 573-442-4670.

Upcoming info meetings for those who want to learn more about what it takes to become a CASA Volunteer: 

  • Wednesday, April 10th from 6:30-7:30 pm: CASA Volunteer Informational Meeting at 607 E. Ash St in Columbia. Please use the rear entrance of the Alternative Sentencing Center.
  • Wednesday, May 1st from 6:30-7:30 pm: CASA Volunteer Informational Meeting at Callaway Electric Cooperative at 1313 Cooperative Drive in Fulton
  • Thursday, May 9th from 7-8 pm: CASA Volunteer Informational Meeting at 607 E. Ash St in Columbia. Please use the rear entrance of the Alternative Sentencing Center.

May 23 – June 27th: New Volunteer Training Class

April 24th: CASA Day at the State Capital (sponsored by MO CASA Association)

April 26th: MU Kappa Alpha Theta’s “Mi CASA et SU CASA” fundraiser

Please support Heart of Missouri CASA! Visit their website here and connect with them on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest.