A Organization Built on Volunteers
CASA is a non-profit organization whose mission is run in large part by volunteers. In fact we have more volunteers as an integral part of our organization than most other organizations. We are proud to say that Bergen CASA is run 95% by volunteers.
Board of Directors
CASA is lead by a volunteer Board of Directors, a group of 15-25 individuals with varied skill sets who direct and lead the mission of CASA. We are a working Board. We are always looking for Board members with skills we need or a dedication to help and make a difference. For info contact: SuzanneOrdasCurry@gmail.com.
We have a base at any given time of about 75-150 volunteer advocates. These volunteers are the heart and soul of what we do. Many organizations raise money as their primary function, our primary function is to recruit and train volunteers. An advocate is not a commodity we can purchase.
We have a small paid staff which is needed to run the day-to-day operations and be on call 24/7, as we are dealing with children and their lives. We have a full-time Executive Director, a full-time administrative assistant and four part-time case supervisors that oversee the volunteer advocates. As we are dealing with children, much of the work involves confidentiality and making sure what we do is carefully documented for State and National CASA and the state of NJ.
Volunteer Peer Coordinators
In 2015, we instituted a new level of management, the Peer Coordinator Model, which is a layer of management that is done by volunteers. These PCs take some of the weight off of the paid supervisors, and mentor the advocates. Using this type of layer of volunteer management, we are able to serve more children at less cost.