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We’ve been working hard to help the abused and neglected youth in our community find safe, permanent homes. Here’s what we’ve been up to lately, along with some related information we think you may find interesting:

The good you put out into the world will not only benefit the organization you’re volunteering with, but also will leave your family feeling good about the positive work you’ve accomplished together.

People in your everyday life may be struggling much more than you know. So what can you do to help?

Just when you thought the holidays were over, the season of giving has extended into 2021. Use this month as a time to put good vibes out into the universe and continue giving.

While there may only be a few days left, there’s still time to put forth your best effort in 2020. Close out the year with one of these five acts to end on a high note.

This holiday season the Ong family of Old Bridge donated a $50 gift card to every youth aged 12 and up who has a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)--a total value of over $2,500--so kids who have faced abuse or neglect can have a happier season.

CASA advocates for children and youth who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. Many of these youth feel like they have no control over their lives; they rarely get to make choices for themselves about what they want and need. For these youth, a $50 gift card is more than just a fun holiday gift; it is a way for them to take back some of their own agency by deciding what they want and need.

Help give the gift of advocacy to a child in need this holiday season by donating to CASA of Middlesex County at casaofmiddlesexcounty.org/donate.

While you’ve probably been looking ahead for quite awhile, it’s now time to think about how you’ll spread kindness and love in the coming year.

Giving back and spreading the love this holiday season is sure to make your friends, family and loved ones smile.

Whether donating money or time, giving back has been shown to make a positive impact that goes far beyond the initial act of giving.

Check out this wonderful article about CASA of Middlesex County in the Home News Tribune!

"CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Middlesex County specializes in happy endings for children in foster care....

CASA was able this year to help Jonathan into a safe, permanent home, the organization’s ultimate goal. Jonathan was adopted by Rose O’Hara and her husband.

"Everyone I met from CASA is upbeat, is positive, is loving and caring," O'Hara said. "They love doing what they’re doing. And that’s really hard to find these days. If you don’t know what CASA is, please find out, because they’re there to help. They’re awesome, really awesome."

CASA was grateful to be able to recommend such a loving and permanent home for this young man, Brown said.

This happy ending for Jonathan and the O'Hara family is repeated dozens of times each year through CASA for children who often are scarred emotionally, and sometimes even physically, by birth parents..."

On Giving Tuesday, every contribution counts, whether monetarily or otherwise. Check out these ways that you can participate in Giving Tuesday 2020 and beyond.

Read this post in the New York Times about how you can make a difference this holiday season. One suggestion? Volunteer with CASA!

"I recommend CASA because America’s foster care system is broken, and our 400,000 foster kids need help.

Only 58 percent of foster kids graduate from high school by age 19, and one-fifth are homeless within a year and a half of turning 18 and aging out of the system. By the age of 26, a majority of these young women and men have been arrested.

We can’t fix foster care overnight, but we can help these neglected kids negotiate a sometimes uncaring system — and that’s what CASA does. Volunteers provide support and advocacy for children who sometimes have no one else to trust, while helping them navigate the bureaucracy."

Click on the link to view the rest of the article. Head on over to casaofmiddlesexcounty.org/volunteer to learn about how you can volunteer to help children who have faced abuse and neglect in Middlesex County.

As the weather outside takes a downward dive, there are plenty of ways to lift spirits this holiday season. It’s time to spread warm wishes and cheer.

For nonprofit organizations around the world, year-end giving is a major boost to help reach giving goals.

CASA volunteers help ensure that children receive the services and supports they need while in foster care to help them thrive and to move more quickly toward a safe, forever home.

Finding a permanent placement for a child and closing their case is something worth celebrating. This month, we celebrate Gabriela’s permanent reunification with her mother!

While we can’t control what happens in 2020, we can all take steps toward remaining positive even on the most challenging days.

How will you practice thankfulness this November? These small but thoughtful actions can help remind you that there’s a lot to be thankful for this year.

On this holiday that usually centers around the scary, consider using it as a force for good.

There are plenty of ways to cheer up somebody you love, many of them only involving your time.

It’s never too early to start teaching your children about the impact they can have in the world by spreading kindness.

Whether it be adopting an animal or helping in various other ways, we hope you’ll take part in Adopt a Shelter Dog Month.

Before you totally ‘write off’ the idea, consider the benefits that come along with journaling a little every day. Check out these five ways that getting your thoughts down on paper (or on your laptop) can help cultivate a more philanthropic focus.

With changing seasons comes more than just pumpkin-spice-flavored everything and crunchy fall leaves. The new season also brings forward new opportunities to do good out in the world.

What are you waiting for? The benefits of mentoring will not only give back to your mentee, but also to your community, and even to you.

While it’s easy to get wrapped up in checking in on others, it’s important for your mental health to practice self-care.

Who knew that making a difference in the world could be as easy as wi-fi and your own couch? Leave it to the world of do-gooders to find ways to volunteer, even in the midst of a global pandemic!

When it comes to giving back, there are many ways for you to help out your local nonprofits without having to leave your home.

Motivational quotes inspire us to do more, be more and become more of who we are. Each and every one of us can make an impact or difference in this world and leave it better than when we came.

This back-to-school season, do more than simply prepare for a new school year—help those in need.

In 2020, you might be wondering if being happy is something you could admit to—but even during challenging times, there are ways to boost your mood and try to celebrate the good things in life.

When it comes to living an altruistic life that can help make a difference for others, one of the most valuable things you can give your community is the gift of volunteering.

On average, a new habit takes approximately 30 days to develop, so don’t get discouraged if you struggle at first. Remain positive and focused on the goal.

Step out of your comfort zone, ask questions, get to know someone different than you. You might be surprised by how much this can enrich your life.

When mindful meditation becomes part of your daily routine, you’ll notice its benefits become a regular part of your life.

There’s no doubt about it: the early bird does get the worm, and if you strive to live a more altruistic lifestyle, your morning routine should play an important role.

If you want to live a more altruistic lifestyle, start by reprogramming your brain to think more positively. Try out these six tips to focus your thoughts and train your brain to be more positive.

Whether you’re in the business world or the nonprofit realm, communication is a critical component of moving things forward and accomplishing your goals.

How can we celebrate this day while respecting and supporting different experiences? Today we’re going to talk about how to give Dad the gift of altruism this Father’s Day.

If you’re looking for a way to get in shape and get involved in the community, we’ve got you covered. Here are five reasons to run for a charity this summer.

Like any other muscle, a brain needs to be exercised, stretched and challenged to stay strong. Check out these cool tricks you can practice to exercise your brain and build mental muscle.

Caring for animals is an important part of living an altruistic lifestyle. Today we explore how you can live more altruistically with the animals in your day-to-day life.

If you try to live altruistically, then combating your own loneliness can play a vital role in how you serve others. Here’s how to fight loneliness while still regarding social distancing.

When things are busy, wellness often takes a backseat to our presumed priorities. Check out a few ways to bring your personal health back to the forefront of your life.

Volunteering and serving doesn’t have to be challenging when you use your talents to support others. Identify your talents, ask for support and find an organization where you can use your strengths to give back.

If you want to get involved this International Pay It Forward Day, check out these quarantine-friendly ways to pay it forward.

These books inspire the altruistic lifestyle and show anyone can make an impact on the world. Let’s explore each of them more in depth.

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