Support Western Montana Kids in Crisis and Win Big Prizes
How would you like to end an amazing day on the river by sleeping right beside it with a night stay at one of Montana's most unique Airbnb locations: The Clark Fork Landing River Dome? Or pick up a brand new Traeger grill or concert tickets all while supporting local children in crisis?
CASA of Missoula holds this huge annual gala as their biggest fundraiser of the year, everyone gets dressed up and we enjoy wonderful food, drink, company, and celebrate Western Montana's CASA volunteers. The "Light of Hope" gala almost happened the traditional way this year, but with the recent spike in COVID cases, organizers thought it best to move online, here's how you can participate.
The virtual auction is going on now.
Bid on truly incredible items donated by generous Montana businesses here. Items include the River Dome stay mentioned above, Santana tickets, a unique ballpark experience, whitewater rafting, a weekend at the lake and SO so much more. Bidding is open through Friday with the gala taking place Friday night, February 4th.
How your contribution helps.
You will help keep this incredible non-profit operating and helping children through 2022. CASAs, Court Appointed Special Advocates, are volunteers from the community who speak up on behalf of children in court. They work with the youth, families, and the judicial system to ensure the child has safe permanent housing. In 2021, volunteers spent about 4,000 hours advocating for 245 children who have experienced abuse and neglect. Of those children, 92 have found a safe, permanent home with the help of a CASA volunteer.
The Light of Hope gala.
You are absolutely invited to join us on Zoom this Friday at 6:30 for a quick speech from CASA of the Year Pam Copley with comments from local children in foster care. If you are thinking of volunteering or just want to know more about how the auction dollars are used, this is a fantastic event to attend. The Zoom link for the event will be available here on Friday.
Do you want to become a CASA?
As you can imagine, volunteer numbers have dropped since the pandemic began. Before the pandemic, training classes were reaching their maximum number of 35 volunteers per class, but this last fall’s training class graduated just 10 volunteers.