CASA of Kent County held its annual Heart of CASA dinner on October 19, 2023. Familiar faces and new friends gathered at The High Five GR, an exciting new venue, to honor award recipients and garner support for CASA’s mission for the coming year.
After a successful men’s recruitment event earlier in 2023, CASA of Kent County staff realized an important truth: nothing helps break the ice like a slice of pizza!
Recruiting CASA volunteers is a tough business. Being a court appointed special advocate requires a level of dedication unique from many other volunteer opportunities. Often, new CASA volunteers report that they heard of CASA many years prior but took their time deciding when the opportunity was right for them. Both anecdotally and based on historical program data, CASA of Kent County staff members know that a word-of-mouth invitation is one of the most effective methods to find volunteers. And what could possibly be a better way to enhance the word-of-mouth recruitment experience than by serving pizza?
These mixer events bring together interested community members and friends-of-friends to hear from current volunteers and ask all their CASA questions. The Mitten Brewing Company mixer in June of 2023, resulted in three men completing volunteer training in September. Following a coed mixer in September 2023, several prospective volunteers submitted applications. Two of those completed training in November, and others hope to attend training in March.
CASA of Kent County is excited to continue offering mixer events, both at The Mitten Brewing Company and new locations throughout 2024.
Our next volunteer recruitment mixer will be held at The Mitten Brewing Company on February 8, 2024.
Check out casakentco.org/events for the most up-to-date list of upcoming CASA events!
This story was featured in the Winter 2023 edition of CASA Connect, CASA of Kent County’s quarterly newsletter. Click here to view a pdf version of this newsletter.
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