'Chalk it up for CASA' promotes family advocates
NORFOLK -- Chalk art at Bright Horizons in Norfolk is part of an effort to raise awareness about family resources in town with a contest known as "Chalk it up for CASA".
"It's a contest throughout the state that we are all submitting entries to promote volunteerism," said Kathryn Carlson, Outreach Coordinator for CASA; shelter advocate for Bright Horizons.
Carlson, who works for both Bright Horizons and CASA of Northeast Nebraska, gathered people like her client Elizabeth Tatiana Villasenor to draw a picture for CASA of Northeast Nebraska's chalk art contest this month.
"My eldest drew the big symbol," Villasenor said.
"I became a better version of myself, stronger. It's still hard," Villasenor said. "And now I have this angel to push me forward" [points to baby Rosie].
CASA of Northeast Nebraska is especially eager for the contest to spread the word of its existence -- since the organization is trying to expand out of Madison.
"My best memory with CASA is seeing kids get adopted [...] We are working to get into other counties and are actively seeking volunteers, and with the number of kids in foster we really need volunteers," Carlson said.
The contest winners will be announced at the end of the week -- with the top prize being $500.
Blasenior also hopes people remember that domestic abuse is easily hidden. If you're worried about a friend's mental health, encourage them to stop by Bright Horizons or CASA. If you yourself are interested in seeking help, the center provides counseling, legal advice, and more.