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Posted On: Friday, September 11, 2015 08:46 AM, by Ann Crary
As a second-year consultant, I am consistently amazed by our college chapter members and their deep understanding of our work with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). During a recent recruitment visit, the chapter was practicing how to articulate Kappa Alpha Theta's relationship with CASA to potential new members. During this workshop, a member shared, "I see Theta's purpose in our relationship with CASA as providing to children what Theta provides to her members everyday: faith, hope and love." She went on to explain...

CASA volunteers provide faith to children in the foster care system by ensuring their voice is heard in court. Volunteers voice what is best for the child and fight for the child's best interest, which gives the child complete trust and confidence in his or her future.

CASA volunteers provide hope to children by being a consistent presence in the child's life. The CASA's company allows the children to develop a feeling of expectation and desire for a permanent, safe place to call home.

Lastly, CASA volunteers provide foster care children with love. Whether it's visiting their CASA child at school or planning a time for the child to reunite with siblings, CASAs demonstrate acts of love.

This analogy completely captures CASA's mission and the Fraternity's aim in supporting Court Appointed Special Advocates. So, when you are asked "What is CASA?" just remember, we support volunteers who provide foster care children with faith, hope, and of course, love.

Ann Crary, Beta Omicron/Iowa, is a second-year educational leadership consultant.

Posted On: Tuesday, October 6, 2009 02:30 PM, by Lauren Misiewicz
Hi Everyone :) I am SO excited to be writing my first official ELC entry during my visit to the Epsilon Epsilon chapter at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. I have spent the past few days going through the normal ELC meetings, while also getting to know the women in the chapter, and checking out some of the local shops and cuisine. Baylor is a beautiful campus, and it feels like it could be home for me one day (Note: I like Mallory, Alyssa, and Hilary also want to go into student affairs and plan to go to grad school to get my masters in higher education one day soon!). DeNae, EE's VPD and Allison, their VPM gave me a FABULOUS tour of campus the other day, despite the rain. I even got to see the on campus animal habitiat that is home to their two university bears (their mascots)!

I also was lucky enough to plan my visit during the time of their philanthropy - Theta Rocks the CASA! It is really fun to hear about what you all do for your signature philanthropies, but it takes it to a whole new level when we as ELCs are able to see it first hand! Epsilon Epsilon's philanthropy consisted of a very successful concert that featured two bands. The opener was a local Waco band, which was followed by Johnathan Tyler and the Northern Lights. The chapter was really excited to be able to have them perform, as they are a part of the big music festival in Austin, TX this weekend. The event had to be moved inside due to big storms in the area, but that didn't hurt the excitement of the chapter or the turn out. It was great to see the chapter so excited and all of their hard work pay off! Unfortunately, I don't have a memory card reader with me on the road, so I can't show you the awesome pictures I took just yet :( I promise that I will buy one on my next break in a week so that I can share all of these fun images with you all!

In a few hours, I will be hitting the road as I head to Princeton, New Jersey to join the Epsilon Mu chapter for recruitment. I am looking forward to my first visit to the East coast, although I am hoping it is not too cold. I haven't completely switched my clothes to be fall gear just yet. Oh well, if it is, I guess I will just have to check out the local shopping scene!