Tuesday, July 26, 2022
More Media, YouTube Channel
6:40 am edt
CASA held a July 14 Benefit that
combined a panel discussion and musical performance with support from donors and sponsors. Details are in a New Haven Register preview article and subsequent New Haven Independent coverage, as well as on our YouTube channel.
The YouTube channel features an increasing array of videos, from TV news interviews and CASA volunteer testimonials
to musical performances by Brandon Sherrod, an ambassador for Connecticut CASA. We invite you to subscribe to the channel.
Sunday, July 24, 2022
Connecticut CASA Diversifying Funding as It Grows
5:07 pm edt
Through a competitive process, including an extensive application and data demands, Connecticut
CASA has secured some $142,000 in new government funding for 2022-23. The contract award, through the State Judicial Branch,
relies on federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) and American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars, as described in the Hartford Courant, New Haven Register, other Hearst CT outlets, and social media.
In addition, Connecticut CASA was recently featured
on three TV news segments, when we received a TEGNA Foundation grant and CASA volunteer Dwayne Jackson joined me to discuss
his CASA role and how other volunteers might get involved.
Our CASA work depends on a blend of public, foundation,
and generous individual funding sources.
Monday, July 4, 2022
July 14 Benefit Previewed
9:44 am edt
As previewed in the New Haven Register among other outlets, Connecticut CASA will hold
a July 14 Benefit event, with the Center for the Study of Popular Music at
the University of Connecticut.
The panelists will be Jeffrey Ogbar, Professor
of History and founding Director of the Center at UConn (moderator); Lisa Dent, Executive Director of Artspace; Brandon Sherrod,
a Connecticut CASA ambassador; and Bradford Watson, CEO of Spinach Records. Brandon, a musical artist, will also perform.
Sponsors include Yale University, Claire's Corner Copia, NewAlliance Foundation, and Russell
Hall Co., with Claire's also donating catering, and the Wine Thief wine.
Sunday, June 12, 2022
Family Reunification Month, Petit Family Foundation
9:30 am edt
During this Family Reunification Month of June, Connecticut CASA recently received a grant from the Petit Family Foundation. We learned, too, of a grant
from the TEGNA Foundation.
Diversifying Connecticut CASA's financial
base in this way is important as the organization continues to grow, depending on sources including public dollars, foundation
grants, and individual donations. Many thanks to all!
Monday, May 30, 2022
Reflections of a Reunion Panel
11:37 pm edt
With mass-shooting atrocities in Buffalo and Uvalde--not to mention the Ukraine
war and much else--on our minds, my undergraduate class just held a reunion. It was good to see old friends and to get
better acquainted with other classmates from years ago.Recognizing the scale of challenges--from racism, inequality, gun violence and democratic truth in the
U.S., to war and climate change beyond--it was inspiring to be on a reunion
panel with Makunda Abdul-Mbacke, Marco A. Davis, Lillian Diaz Gray, and Julie Horowitz.
An accomplished audience participated--seeking new ways to connect generations and to engage for the better
with their communities and the world, whether through the private sector, nonprofits, or government.