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Growing and Giving: Community Caring

United Way Days of Caring
United Way Days of Caring is a two day event held annually, where community members, corporations, and civic groups volunteer to work on specific projects for United Way agencies in Bexar County. This year, CASA’s project was a remodel of our upstairs multipurpose/training room. We had 10 volunteers, including several staff members, who painted the walls and ceiling, as well as built and installed new light fixtures, to spruce up the room. We are extremely appreciative for the time and energy that was dedicated to this project.  The room looks wonderful and is so much more welcoming.

Art & Soul with NuStar Energy
On Saturday, October 20, NuStar Energy employees joined CASA Advocates, youth and staff to create some amazing art pieces.  This project provided an alternate volunteer experience for individuals from NuStar who were interested in positively impacting the lives of abused and neglected children in Bexar County.

NuStar Energy continues to be extremely supportive of CASA, as well as being a huge part of San Antonio’s overall philanthropic efforts.  Mr. Bill Greehey, Chairman of the NuStar Board of Directors, and Curt Anastasio, NuStar CEO, both have an unwavering passion to help our community flourish.

This particular Art & Soul was centered on a fall theme. The project was a multistep activity including sponge painting, coloring and water coloring. NuStar volunteers interacted directly with our CASA children, making this event truly beneficial to both parties. Each child walked away with one of their creations while leaving the other as a gift to CASA.

“The Art & Soul event provides a safe, nurturing environment where the children can express themselves and have a chance to be creative. With all the expectations and uncertainty in their young lives, the children somehow know they are among friends. They really are made to feel special at the event. It is something just for them.  I think Art & Soul gives them an opportunity to be celebrated and proud of their art...”
-Cathy Hamilton, CASA Volunteer Advocate

To learn more about Art & Soul, please contact Tara Barisic at

Click to view the pictures from the most recent Art & Soul event.

2012 Fall Fest: “Year of the Great Pumpkin”
CASA’s annual Fest Fall was held on Monday, October 29, at the CASA offices. Advocates brought their CASA children to enjoy various games, arts and crafts, face painting, and festive foods. New to this year’s event was the guided “Casper Ghost Hunt”, where children were encouraged to find lollypops disguised as ghosts, while also taking part in the traditional trick-or-treating around the CASA office. Overall, the 2012 Fall Fest was a huge success and the highest attended in recent years. Throughout the CASA office there was non-stop laughter and fun, and we were all grateful for it.

Fall Fest 2012