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    Quilt Raffle to Benefit Monroe County CASA

    (From the Herald Times – June 2nd, 2017) Monroe County CASA is pleased to announce the 2017 “Safe Homes, Safe Kids” quilt raffle.  Tickets are now available, but the quilt, made by Pat Surra, will be raffled off at the Fourth Street Arts Festival on September 3rd, 2017. The quilt design was created by Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company and then was modified by Surra.  The quilt is titled “Cracked Pots” and features log cabin blocks in the center and houses all around the square, just like a village.  “The story behind the quilt reminds us that each of us has our own unique flaw,” Surra said. “But it’s the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding. You just need to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them.” More information about the quilt’s story can be found at www.monroecountycasa.org. Surra hopes this quilt will raise awareness and much needed funds for CASA.  Monroe County CASA has over 100 children waiting for an advocate, and these funds will help to recruit and train new volunteers.  Also, the money raised will be included in CASA’s final fundraising total for the 2017 Dancing with the Celebrities competition. Matt Murphy of Harris Services will be dancing on behalf of CASA at the event this September. Raffle tickets are $5 each or five tickets for $20.  Tickets can be purchased at the Monroe County CASA office, from any CASA board member, from Matt Murphy, or by calling 812-333-CASA. Monroe County CASA is a volunteer-powered program which... read more

    Eat and Give at Farm!

    Please join us on June 13th at Farm! When you call to make reservations, please let them know it’s for the Eat and Give event for... read more

    2017 Statistics – As of 5/31/17

    Number of children who had a CASA – 374 Number of children waiting for a CASA – 120 Total children assigned to the CASA program this year – 590 Number of advocates – 119 read more

    The 2017 Safe Homes, Safe Kids Quilt Story

    The 2017 Safe Homes, Safe Kids Quilt Story  – By Pat Surra Cracked Pots designed by Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company As I searched last year for an idea for the 2017 CASA raffle quilt, I came upon this pattern.  It is called “Cracked Pots” which intrigued me.  The quilt is made with log cabin blocks in the center and houses all around the “square,” just like in a village.  So here is the story behind the name: An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each of which hung on the ends of a pole she carried across her neck.  One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.  At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments.  But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do. After 2 years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream. “I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.” The old woman smiled and asked, “Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path but... read more

    Join Us for Coffee with CASA!

    Join us for Coffee with CASA on April 19th any time between 7:30 – 9 a.m. at the Monroe County CASA office (201 N. Morton).  Monroe County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) provides advocacy for children that are involved in abuse or neglect cases in the Monroe County court system.  If you’ve ever considered becoming a CASA, now is the time! More than 100 children in our community are waiting for an advocate.  Join us over coffee and bagels to ask questions, talk to current CASA volunteers and learn more about what it’s like to advocate for a child.  For more information call 812-333-CASA or email Amber... read more

    Go Online Shopping and Support CASA

    Monroe County CASA has an AmazonSmile page which can be found here.  AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Monroe County CASA. If you do a lot of shopping on Amazon, please remember to go to our Amazon Smile page first! To learn more about AmazonSmile, click... read more

    Support CASA Every Time You Shop at Kroger

    Bloomington Kroger has partnered with Monroe County CASA so that you can help donate every time you shop! All you need to do is set up your Kroger card online (if you haven’t already), which will allow you access to great coupons and offers. To register, click  here.  Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy. Click SIGN UP TODAY in the New Customer box. Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering zip code, clicking on favorite store, entering your email address and creating a password, agreeing to the terms and conditions. You will then get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email. Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step. Once you have an online account set up and you are logged in, just click on “Community” at the top, then “Community Rewards” and follow the prompts to enter in the required information. When asked to either enter CASA’s number of part of the name, you can enter 55077 for our number. That’s it! Kroger will now donate a portion of your shopping to CASA. If you have any questions about registration, e-mail... read more
    Safe Home, Safe Kids 2016 Quilt Tickets Now Available

    Safe Home, Safe Kids 2016 Quilt Tickets Now Available

    Monroe County CASA is pleased to announce the third annual “Safe Homes, Safe Kids” quilt raffle.  Tickets are now available, but the quilt, made by Pat Surra, will be raffled off at the Fourth Street Arts Festival on September 4th 2016. The quilt design was created by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts and then the design was modified by Surra.  The quilt is titled “Homestead” and features houses made of different fabrics in different colors that represent the uniqueness of families in real homes in a community.  “To me, quilts are more than a lot of pieces of fabric sewn together.  They are kind of like life – a lot of very different pieces put together in the right way can become something beautiful,” Surra said after completing this quilt for CASA.  Surra hopes this quilt will raise awareness and much needed funds for CASA. Raffle tickets are $5 each or five tickets for $20.  Tickets can be purchased at Bloomington Hardware, the Monroe County CASA office or by calling 812-333-CASA. *event exempt on file                                                                                                        ... read more