CHILD ADVOCATES of Northeast Oklahoma

Child Advocates of Northeast Oklahoma Continues to be a GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency Organization

Great news! Child Advocates of Northeast Oklahoma just earned the 2018 Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information. By sharing these metrics, we’re helping the sector move beyond simplistic financial ratios to assess nonprofit progress.

We chose to display quantitative metrics such as Program Goals, Past Results, and Budget to represent
how hard Child Advocates is working toward achieving our mission. Organizations and people who support our cause deserve to know their hard-earned dollars are being used in the best possible way. Having the Platinum Seal of Transparency is the best way for our donors to know we are serious about using funds in appropriate ways that further our cause and help children.

We’re proud to use GuideStar Platinum to share our full and complete story with the world. To reach
the Platinum level, we added extensive information to our Nonprofit Profile: basic contact and
organizational information, in-depth financial information, quantitative information about goals,
strategies, and progress toward our mission.

Area Walmarts Provide Community Grant Funding to Child Advocates of Northeast Oklahoma

Child Advocates of Northeast Oklahoma – CASA received a generous donation from the Claremore, Locust Grove, and Miami Walmarts. Through the Community Grant Program, Walmart associates are proud to support the needs of their communities by providing grants to local organizations. “Walmart believes in operating globally and giving back locally – creating impact in the neighborhoods where we live and work.”

Child Advocates of Northeast Oklahoma is using the funds from Walmart to garner more support. Child Advocates has been recruiting for their upcoming volunteer training to begin March 2nd in Claremore. The training is open to anyone wanting to volunteer for the organization. Their goal is to provide a dedicated volunteer to speak up for every abused and neglected child throughout Northeast Oklahoma.

To learn more about the Walmart Foundation you can visit their website at http://giving.walmart.com/walmart-foundation/community-grant-program.

Arvest Bank in Miami Supports Child Advocates of Northeast Oklahoma

Child Advocates of Northeast Oklahoma – CASA received a generous donation from Arvest Bank in Miami. Arvest gives in order to support local organizations doing outstanding work to improve the quality of life in the communities they serve.

Child Advocates of Northeast Oklahoma is using the funds from Arvest to garner more support, especially in Ottawa County. So far, the efforts have worked. Since receiving the funding, Child Advocates has recruited and begun training the largest class of volunteers to date. Their goal is to provide a dedicated volunteer to speak up for every abused and neglected child throughout Northeast Oklahoma.

Ottawa County reported 130 cases of confirmed child abuse and or neglect in the 2018 Fiscal Year. The goal of Child Advocates of Northeast Oklahoma is to ensure that each of the children involved in these situations has a CASA volunteer by their side, giving them a voice for their best interest.

It is thanks to great businesses and people like Arvest that Child Advocates of Northeast Oklahoma can serve the need in Ottawa County. To learn more about Arvest Bank visit their website at https://www.arvest.com.

Child Advocates of Northeast Oklahoma Receives 3MGives Grant

Child Advocates of Northeast Oklahoma – CASA received a generous donation from Ceradyne Inc., a 3M Company – Quapaw Site. Today, more than 60,000 3M products are used in homes, businesses, schools, hospitals and other industries. Through their companywide initiative, 3M Gives, the company strives to improve lives and build sustainable communities.

3M’s charity is two-fold. First, Child Advocates of Northeast Oklahoma received grant funding to further their volunteer recruitment and training. Second, 3M provided matching funds as an incentive for their employees to volunteer. Both avenues show the dedication of 3M to truly improve the communities they are rooted in.

Child Advocates of Northeast Oklahoma, as stated above, is using the funds from 3M to garner more support, especially in Ottawa County. So far, the efforts have worked. Since receiving the funding, Child Advocates has recruited and begun training the largest class of volunteers to date. Their goal is to provide a dedicated volunteer to speak up for every abused and neglected child throughout Northeast Oklahoma.

Child Advocates of Northeast Oklahoma would like to encourage you to check with your company for the availability of grants and funding. Often times, funding that could greatly impact our community goes unnoticed and therefore untapped. Check with your HR representative and help a local non-profit that you are passionate about.

To learn more about 3M, visit their website at https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/gives-us/.

Resolution Checkup

Here we are, January something or another, and most of us have already jumped ship on our New Year’s resolution for the year. “This year I’m going to eat healthy and actually use my gym membership.” “This is the year that we get our budget on track, tackle our debt, and actually save for the future.” “This is the year that…” Why is it that each year we set these lofty goals only to fail before we even reach the end of the first month?

According to Forbes.com, only 25% of people will still be committed to their resolution by January’s end (if you’re in the 25%, congratulations!) and only 8% will make it to the end of the year. So what is the disconnect between our aspirations and our long-term buy-in?

Planning experts will tell you the problem is with the size of the goal we attempt to bite off and chew at once. I have heard people say they want to read 24 books this year. That’s a great goal and it’s only two books a month. However, most struggle to even start the first one. The goal is too daunting to even attempt.

Then there’s the group that wants to become more financially fit. Again, this is an admirable goal that we should all consider but, how many of us operate day-to-day without a household budget? The goal is worthy. Execution is the problem.

So what are we to do? Experts suggest that we develop a plan of bite-size, attainable mini-goals if we truly want to make it beyond the first month of the year, let alone get to December 31st. Instead of “I’m going to lose 50 pounds this year” we need to focus on “I’m not going to eat out this week and I’m going to the gym for a half hour on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.”

“Small daily improvements over time lead to stunning results.” – Robin Sharma

The difference is in mindset. We need positive feedback and encouragement. We need the small victories every week that are the foundation upon which other goals can be built. Robin Sharma says “Small daily improvements over time lead to stunning results.”

The second hurdle we must overcome to achieve something great this year is to forget about our past mistakes. Have you ever given up on your goal because of one missed day? It seems like every year I make it a goal to read through the Bible, but then January 3rd comes and I forget, or I was too lazy, or I was too busy, or I… One missed day often derails our entire goal. Who says you can’t finish just because you missed one day?

This is why Jon Acuff devoted an entire chapter of his book “Finish” to this failure. Acuff’s chapter entitled “The Day After Perfect,” asks “What do we do the day after we’ve ruined our goal?” The answer is often the opposite of what we actually do. What we should do is pick up right where we left off. In reality, even after a missed day or a derailment of the goal train, we are still doing more than the year before. If we would only get back to center, in time, our small leaps over hurdles will accumulate into giant bounds over obstacles previously unimaginable.

So, how does this connect to a non-profit whose mission is to rewrite the stories of abused and neglected children throughout northeast Oklahoma? Most of us aspire to be better citizens this year than we were the year before. But how do we actually attain this goal?

First, simply liking and following our Facebook page, @CANO4Kids, does more than you could ever imagine. It may be hard to believe that such a simple step could actually make a difference, but it really does. Every time we run an online promotion for an upcoming event, training, or fundraiser, you and your Facebook friends will be in the loop. Each Facebook follower adds an additional 338 people (the average number of friends Facebook users have) who hear about our cause.

Second, take your commitment to the next level and give of your time. If you are serious about giving back to your community and truly making a difference in the lives of kids, we are the volunteer opportunity for you. Check out our upcoming trainings at https://www.cano-casa.com/training/ and commit to one this year. Last year, we told the stories of 239 kids; however, there are more stories to be told. Will you help us ensure that no child’s story is left untold?

Finally, donate. We devote a lot of time and the best available resources to training our volunteers. Volunteers are the backbone of our organization and it is crucial that they know the ins and outs of the court system, family dynamics, and child welfare. Would you take the next step in supporting us by giving of your hard-earned money so we can continue providing the best resources and sending the best people to speak for children who need it the most?

I hope you are taking this year’s goals one bite at a time. We are thankful for everyone in the communities we serve. There are some generous and big-hearted people in northeast Oklahoma.

Together, we can rewrite the stories of every abused and neglected child in northeast Oklahoma!