Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Santa Barbara County has joined the #GivingTuesday initiative– kicking off the 3rd Annual Day of Giving, December 3, 2013.

#GivingTuesday is an effort that will harness the collective power of ordinary people giving in extraordinary ways.  Over the past two years,  #GivingTuesday has inspired people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, and to give back in new ways to local charities.

Since 1995, CASA of Santa Barbara County has been devoted to improving the lives of abused and neglected children. To do this, CASA depends on the generous support of individuals for the funding  needed to recruit, train, and supervise volunteers who advocate for children under the court’s protection.

This year, CASA volunteers donated 19,639 hours of  their time advocating for 319 abused and neglected children in Santa Barbara County.  The Judicial Council of the State of California sets a value for that time at $24.75 per hour, which is a total donation of nearly $500,000 given by our CASA volunteers!

In the spirit of #GivingTuesday, CASA asks you to show your support by sponsoring one hour of volunteer time.  When you make your tax-deductible donation to CASA, you are joining the movement of changing the trajectory of a child’s life and giving a voice to our communities most vulnerable children.

To join CASA’s #GivingTuesday initiative can visit http://tinyurl.com/k5dw4wa orhttp://www.facebook.com/sbcasa.

About CASA of Santa Barbara County

CASA is unique in that it is the only nonprofit program working within the court system and utilizing court-appointed volunteers to help abused and neglected children find safe, permanent, nurturing homes as quickly as possible.

About #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give. It will culminate with a global day of giving on December 3, 2013. This effort harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners— charities, families, businesses and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. #GivingTuesday will inspire people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they celebrate and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday will harness the power of social media to create a global moment that is dedicated to giving around the world.

For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website (www.givingtuesday.org), Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday) or follow #GivingTuesday (https://twitter.com/GivingTues) and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on Twitter.

If you would like more information on CASA of Santa Barbara county,  contact Tara Gross at (805) 739-9102 ext. 2595 or email tara@sbcasa.org