Rachael Van Horn
Woodward, Okla. —
The 4th annual Playhouse fundraiser for Northwest Oklahoma Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is in full swing.
Tickets are being sold to the public for a chance to win the playhouse, which currently is on display in front of Big Dan's Steakhouse in Woodward.
CASA Director Keri Alva said tickets can be purchased at Big Dan's, A Cut Above, Check Engine, Persimmon Creek, Family Hair Center and Just Beyond the Door.
"We will be doing the drawing, Wednesday, Dec. 11 at noon," Alva said
The playhouse was built by the High Plains Technology Center Carpentry program, she said.
Beyond helping to raise money to support the CASA program, Alva said the playhouse drawing also helps build awareness about what services the organization provides to the region.
CASA utilizes adult volunteers who are assigned a case regarding a neglected or abused child. The volunteer then becomes an advocate for that child to help the court in making various decisions throughout the child's case.
The volunteer, after receiving some training, will meet with the child and also anyone who is in the life of that child, Alva said. The advocate learns to take into consideration the child's wishes, along with the best interest of the child during hearings related to custody, housing placement and other issues related to the child.
The advocate will also attend court hearings and other significant events in the child's life, Alva said.
"One thing people need to know is that we used to serve 4 counties and now we serve 6," Alva said. "So we will be needing more volunteers."
To be eligible to become a CASA volunteer, you must be at least 21-years-old with no criminal background.
For more information about the program or to find out more about the playhouse, call the Northwest Oklahoma CASA office at 256-2182 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.