CASA of the 7th Judicial District (Court Appointed Special Advocates) will celebrate its new chamber membership with a ribbon cutting at the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce office at 301 Main Street in Delta, on Thursday, March 7, from 4-6:30 p.m. Wendy's will partner with CASA to cater the event.
"We are here to serve the community's at-risk children," said Stacey Ryan, development director for CASA, "and new Delta County volunteer coordinator Carlton Mason is leading that effort in Delta County." The public is encouraged to stop by the chamber March 7 to meet the CASA staff and learn more about the organization. Mason added, "I look forward to inviting citizens of Delta to become a CASA volunteer — it's a unique and powerful way for individuals to make a tremendous difference in their community and in the life of a child."
Affiliated with the national and state CASA organizations, CASA of the 7th Judicial District (CASA) is the regional affiliate working on the Western Slope to strengthen and stabilize families and provide voices for children experiencing the devastating effects and trauma of abuse and neglect. CASA's mission is to help break the cycle of child abuse and neglect, and to advocate for safe, permanent, nurturing homes for children, utilizing highly trained and dedicated volunteers. The 7th Judicial District is comprised of Montrose, Delta, Gunnison, San Miguel, Ouray, and Hins-
CASA volunteers — designated friends of the court — provide additional "eyes and ears" to cases on which they serve. Volunteers participate as independent child advocates, formalizing their observations and recommendations in reports for the courts to assist in the complex and difficult decision-making processes directly affecting the child.