Child advocacy organization CASA launches social media challenge to help Pikes Peak area kids

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and non-profit organization CASA of the Pikes Peak Region is calling on the community to use this time to help make a difference for local kids.

"As stay-at-home orders, school closures, and social distancing remain in place with the goal of keeping everyone safe during COVID-19, CASA knows that children who are at risk for abuse and neglect are even more vulnerable now than they were a month ago. For this reason, CASA expects to see a rise in the number of Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers that will be needed for children in Colorado’s Fourth Judicial District," the non-profit said.

Help for these children is critical, but the cost to provide a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer to an abused or neglected child isn't inexpensive. It costs CASA $1,200 in order to provide a volunteer for one child. There are currently 830 children in the Pikes Peak region needing one of these volunteers right now.

That's where CASA's new social media campaign #Give5Challenge5 comes in.

"The cost to advocate for hundreds of children can seem daunting, but CASA’s #Give5Challenge5 campaign is designed to empower everyone to make a difference with just $5. Here is how people can help on Facebook or Instagram:

FACEBOOK: CASA is challenging community members to follow @casapikespeak on Facebook and donate $5 to CASA’s Facebook Fundraiser. After donating, community members are encouraged to post about their donation using @CASAPikesPeak and #Give5Challenge5, and then tag five of their friends challenging them to also #Give5Challenge5.

INSTAGRAM: Community members can also get involved by following CASA on Instagram, donating through the nonprofit’s Instagram profile, and posting in stories to challenge five friends to #Give5Challenge5 for @CASAPikesPeak."

CASA says if 5,000 people donate $5, CASA will have enough to provide advocates to 20 of the most vulnerable children in the Pikes Peak region. And 5,000 is just a fraction of the population locally -- imagine what can be done if everyone donates!

Click here to donate.

If you wish to go further than the social media campaign and volunteer your time with CASA, information can be found here.