Winnemucca Organization Changes Name and Updates Services
Community Advocates Against Sexual Violence (CAASA) was formed in mid- 2008 as a grassroots social services organization to help survivors and secondary survivors of sexual violence. The organization has grown through the years to add in more services, such as the the free seminar Girls Fight Back!, free self-defense and safety classes for all ages, advocacy and court accompaniment, as well as medical accompaniment to Reno for sexual assault kits and other necessary medical and psychological care. In 2009 CAASA began collaborating with the National and Nevada Court Appointed Special Advocates Program to add some of its services to CAASA's on-going services.The mission of the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association, together with its state and local members, is to support and promote court-appointed volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children so that they can thrive in safe, permanent homes. In early 2010, CASA and CAASA entered into a formal agreement to officially begin efforts to bring the CASA program to Humboldt County under our CAASA organization. For more information on what Nevada CASA is, please visit their website at: http://www.nevadacasa.org/Both groups were excited about working together, but because CAASA and CASA are pronounced the same, it was difficult to distinguish between the two programs when explaining the newly formed collaboration between them. Humboldt CAASA realized it was time to search for a new name. With the help of the CAASA board members, volunteers, and helpful supporters, the name Advocates for Victims of Abuse was chosen as the new organization name and the motto modified to encompass all that is done under the organization.Advocates for Victims of Abuse (AVA), formerly known as Community Advocates Against Sexual Assault (CAASA) is a community-based program for the prevention, education, and advocacy against family abuse, sexual violence, and child abuse and neglect. The mission of AVA is to empower those victimized by abuse and/or violence through advocacy and crisis intervention and to raise awareness in the community about the cause, impact, and prevention of family abuse and sexual violence. CASA's mission supports and promotes court appointed volunteer advocacy to protect the rights of abused and neglected children. While the organization name has changed, the previous services are still in existence, only added upon. AVA's original slogan remains the same, "Don't be a Victim, Become a Survivor!".CASA efforts are still underway to raise enough funds to bring this wonderful program here. Newmont Mining Corporation has very generously donated $10,000, helping CASA to meet it's funding halfway! Donations have also been raised with the assistance of local Scensty Consultant, Sharon Krupicka, who had a fundraiser for CASA. Twenty-five percent of sales went to aid in bringing CASA to Humboldt County and to assist AVA's services.AVA collaborates with community agencies and organizations to raise awareness and education about family abuse and sexual violence, prevention, and what to do in case of a sexual assault. We also provide referrals and resources to local and statewide agencies and programs that can assist the survivors of family abuse and sexual violence and their loved ones affected by the trauma. We provide on-call advocacy, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for family abuse and sexual assault support services, with trained advocates in crisis intervention and sexual assault support services. Donations are always appreciated if one would like to donate to either AVA or CASA. All donations are tax refundable, receipts will be given. Currently, all those who are with AVA are volunteers. Donors can be assured money will go to direct services in AVA's work with the community and clients served. Volunteers are also needed in different areas. Volunteers for community events, outreach. Advocates for CASA and AVA, and more are always welcome. For more information about AVA and volunteer opportunities please visit www.humboldtcaasa.com
Advocates for Victims of Abuse- Court Appointed Special Advocates
P.O. Box 1338
Winnemucca, NV 89446
E-Mail Address firstname.lastname@example.org
The mission of AVA is to empower those victimized by abuse and/or violence through advocacy and crisis intervention and to raise awareness in the community about the cause, impact, and prevention of family abuse and sexual violence.
CASA supports and promotes court appointed volunteer advocacy to protect the rights of abused and neglected children.
Don't be a victim, become a survivor!
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