July 2017 Newsletter
Q&A WITH CASA'S CEO, LARIANA FORSYTHE
Q: How does it feel to become a Floridian after living in Phoenix for over 20 years?
While I was born, raised and lived in Phoenix most of my life, I do have a history with the south and Florida, specifically. As a child, my mother lived on Long Boat Key, where I summered. Some of the best memories of my childhood are boating through the Keys, fishing, hours of endless searching for sand dollars and sharks teeth. I also spent a few years living in South Carolina.
Q: Tell us the truth, has your family spent every free hour going to the beach?
I have two boys who love nature. We have been seeking out beaches with ample boogie boarding waves tempered with wildlife to discover…we have loved them all!
Q: Why did you first decide to devote your career to nonprofits?
My passion for nonprofit work originally stemmed from experiencing the stares, whispers and sometimes open ridicule directed towards a physically disabled young friend. As my career has progressed, I have come to thrive on being surrounded by people who are passionate about bettering our communities and world.
Q: Why did you decide to join CASA? What has been your biggest adjustment so far?
CASA has an incredibly strong foundation with impactful services, dedicated staff and a visionary board of directors. I believe domestic violence is such a pervasive issue that so many don’t understand. It’s time to truly shed light on the issue and end perpetuation of the cycle of violence.
Q: What do you see as CASA’s biggest opportunity over the next year?
CASA’s work in the community is incredibly strong, but I don’t believe we’ve done a good enough job helping the community at large understand the depth and breadth of all that CASA does to save lives, and ask for support in that important work. Education, understanding, communication, and collaboration all come to mind as priorities.
Q: Pitch time—Why should someone reading this article donate to CASA? After all, they have probably already donated to us in the past.
The truth is, CASA needs your help. We operate one of the largest domestic shelters in Florida, nightly sheltering up to 133 women, children and men survivors, and tragically, the need is even greater than our facility can accommodate. This is huge work – but it’s honestly just the tip of the iceburg.
We also operate the Peacemakers Program that teaches thousands of school children anti-bullying and healthy relationship curriculum to end the generational cycle of violence, provide a 24-hour crisis hotline, provide rapid rehousing services, community support groups, courtroom advocacy, assist Child Protective Investigative teams, conduct community and corporate training, and so much more. I invite you to learn more about how you can help by emailing me at email@example.com or by calling 727.895.4912. Thank you for your warm welcome to Pinellas County and your continued support of this important work.
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