CASA’s fundraising effort is ‘Superhero Challenge’

CASA Superhero Linda Polson (left) helping her grandson, Matthew Polson

To kick off their year-end fundraising efforts, Child Advocates of Northeast Oklahoma (CANO), a CASA agency, has created a special, superhero-themed challenge to run through Jan. 3.

“We’ve created a special hashtag to accompany this challenge to encourage people to channel their inner superhero for children in need,” said Linda Polson, Marketing Coordinator, Child Advocates of Northeast Oklahoma-CASA. “The goal of the #CASASuperheroChallenge is to raise $7,500 in needed funds to recruit, train, and support CASA volunteers to serve foster children in our local courts.”

Polson said the #CASASuperheroChallenge uses a superhero theme as that’s exactly what CASA volunteers do — they serve as advocates (superheroes) for abused and neglected children in dependency court cases.

“Every child needs a hero, but abused and neglected children need a superhero,” she said.

Similar to the popular “ice bucket challenge,” the #CASASuperheroChallenge asks people to do three things to raise funds by getting other people involved:

• Donate $25 or more to the CANO CrowdRise webpage

• Take a photo or video of yourself dressed as a superhero in action helping someone in need

• Post the photo or video on social media (Twitter, Facebook or YouTube) using the special CANO hashtag: #CASASuperheroChallenge.

Participants are then are asked to challenge three or more of their friends to do the same.

“We’re encouraging everyone to get involved,” she said. “We want them to put their creative juices to work and produce some superhero fun by involving everyone in the family, especially their kids and grandkids.”

Even if people aren’t in “superhero” mode, there is an optional plan to skip participating in the superhero part of the challenge by supporting CANO with a donation of $50 (or more), Polson said.

“Of course, this ‘opt out’ plan also asks people to invite three or more of friends on social media to do the same,” she said. “We sincerely hope everyone will join the superhero fun by accepting the challenge.”

For more information about the #CASASuperheroChallenge and a link to the CANO CrowdRise webpage, visit the CANO website at www.cano-casa.com.

For additional information about the event or CASA, contact Gayle Hanson, Training Coordinator at 785-623-6955 or 918-325-7202 or via email at gayle@cano-casa.com. More information also can be found on the CANO website: http://cano-casa.com/volunteer.

Child Advocates of Northeastern Oklahoma is a CASA agency. With offices in Claremore and Miami, the organization supports CASA Volunteers in five counties in northeastern Oklahoma: Rogers, Mayes, Craig, Ottawa, and Delaware Counties.

CANO is a member agency of the United Way of Rogers and Mayes Counties and of Ottawa County United Way.

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