WHAT DOES CASA DO:
CASA is an organization that is comprised of citizens in both the public and private sectors of the community. We work together with our members and community partners to increase protective factors and to reduce substance use/abuse in our town and increase wellness of our local population.
CASA works diligently to involve all community sectors to carry out wellness efforts in Wolcott and to empower community members to recognize the worth of constant and continued prevention.
CASA provides public speaking seminars and educational speakers to Wolcott school children on topics related to healthy decision making, positive peer influence, and alcohol and drug education. We have organized seminars for parents and children on internet safety and awareness, asset development, narcotics recognition, abuse and awareness, underage drinking and cyber bullying. We have also helped develop policies on substance abuse, provided signage to parks and schools, and implemented community-wide initiatives.
Our goal is to partner with the community to reduce youth use of alcohol and marijuana through education, enforcement and other environmental strategies that increase youth's developmental assets.
Other goals we have accomplished are:
- National CASA Family Day
- Family movie night
- CASA awareness and recruitment events
- Tobacco Compliance checks among permitted sales establishments
- DUI checkpoints and social hosting of underage drinking parties
- Increase positive force factors and support networks for our youth to influence better decision making
- Work more closely with local substance treatment groups
- Increase CASA membership and support programs
WHAT CASA DOES NOT DO:
- Provide direct substance abuse counseling or facilitate support/counseling groups
- Provide intervention for families seeking treatment for a loved one
- Donate direct monetary funds to other organizations
- Investigate drug or alcohol activity in the community
- It is NOT the goal of CASA to seek out individuals who are struggling with substance abuse and report them or their activity to law enforcement