Casa orientation to begin this Friday



POLK COUNTY — Casa (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) is holding its volunteer orientation on Friday at the Polk County Courthouse conference room, 850 Main St., Dallas, from 5 to 6 p.m.

Join the team

What: Casa volunteer training orientation.

When: Friday at 5 p.m.

Where: Polk County Courthouse conference room, 850 Main St., Dallas.

For more information: 503-623-8473.

Orientation introduces potential volunteers to what the program does before the required 10-week training class begins March 18. Casa officials are hoping to graduate a class of 12 from its spring training.

Polk County’s program needs help to reach its goal of “a casa for every child” by 2018.

To foster that growth, Casa will host new fundraisers this year: the Casa Superhero Race, in partnership with Casa of Marion County, on April 9, and a golf tournament later in the year. The run will take place at Salem’s Waterfront Park and feature 5K, 10K and 1 mile races. To sign up, go to https://runsignup.com/Race/OR/Salem/CASARUN.

Also, Polk County Casa has teamed up with the Willamette Valley Chapter of Bikers Against Child Abuse, or Baca. Similar to Casa, the group advocates for foster children, using their motorcycles and “tough guy” personas to make foster children feel secure and supported.

“They’re about protecting the child and empowering the child, making the child feel safe,” Casa Assistant Director Mike Barnett said. “These guys are for real.”



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