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This holiday season be sure to look over the list of possible ways to donate and give back to those in need...
It is easy to help build this toy shop for those less fortunate! Just buy a toy for a child between the ages of 1 and 16 and drop it by the Jasper TRI-CAP office by Dec. 1st, 2015.
If you want more information on how YOU can help build the TRI-CAP Holiday Shoppe, call Angie Greulich, Nikki Lasher or Katie Strange at 812-482-2233.
Besides the donations, organizers always need help the night before to prepare the gym at Precious Blood School for the next day's distribution. Coat distribution day will be Sat., December 12, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Precious Blood Church Gymnasium, 1385 West 6th Street, Jasper, IN. Please consider volunteering to help on that day, and also on set-up day. Please contact Andy Welsh at 812-309-0628 or email him
Additionally, Mentors for Youth of Dubois County is looking for individuals, businesses or groups to assist a few families in our program with their Christmas wishes.
For more information, call Kaiva at the Mentors for Youth office at 812-482-2227 or visit the website at www.mentors4youth.com. Donations, payable to Mentors for Youth of Dubois County, may be sent to P.O. Box 86, Jasper IN 47547-0086.
In general, CASA volunteers meet with their cases on a month-to-month basis and act as the eyes and ears for a judge. They talk with the children involved in a case to make sure their wishes and needs are represented and, sometimes, they talk with the child's parents, teachers, doctor and whoever else can help them inform a judge of what steps need to be taken next.
"Our objective is to make sure that the child's needs are met. And that the child's best interests are being represented in the court case, in the courtroom," Hubler said. "Because the Department of Child Services has an attorney, the parents have attorneys, but the child doesn't have that representation."
Those needs could mean reunification with their parents or adoption by new parents. However, Hubler said CASA only has 33 volunteers right now for 77 children. This year, they have served 156 children total. Case managers can work multiple cases and not every case involves just one child. Some are made up of multiple siblings. But when a child is placed on a waiting list, they're cut off from the one-on-one meetings with volunteers and are basically just a sheet of paper that Hubler can track. While the Department of Child Services can work on their case, Hubler said DCS' main focus is on the family as a whole, not just the child.
"I just monitor their documents," Hubler said. "There's nobody going and visiting them or going to the school or visiting their parents or doctor. Their voice isn't being heard in the courtroom or the decisions."
Dee Vaal, a CASA volunteer, said she's fulfilled by the program because it allows her to take action instead of just standing by while kids are abused or neglected. Vaal, who has been with the program for about three years and volunteered on seven cases, said the best moments come toward the end when a child is reunited with his or her family after the family has righted its issues, or when a child joins a new family and can finally feel safe. Hubler seconded that assessment and added that, while being a CASA volunteer can sometimes come with lengthy court cases, it's well the worth the wait.
"All my volunteers fall in love with the kids. Everyone of them," Hubler said. "Their kids are (always) the cutest, most adorable."
Hubler said anyone age 21 or over can sign up to volunteer for CASA at: http://www.duboiscountycasa.org/index.php. Hubler would like to gain 15 volunteers for next year. To become a CASA volunteer, you must pass a background test. People who apply will be able to start a six-week CASA training course in January." (Information written by WYATT STAYNER at the Dubois County Herald Newspaper- to view the article, CLICK HERE)
Ways to help: offer financial support, item donations, and/or volunteer. For more information, visit www.salvationarmyusa.org.
For more information, visit http://jasper-in.toysfortots.org/
Your donation will help families break the cycle of poverty and build long-term financial security. With an affordable, stable home, families have more to spend on food, medicine, child care, education and other essentials. Your support can help us do more in all the many ways that Habitat builds.
Thanks to you, Habitat is transforming the lives of more than 5 million people around the world!
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