Message from the Executive Director (July 2024)

While officially summer has just started, school supplies are back in the stores. In preparation for returning to school, CASA will be providing backpacks and school supplies to our CASA kids thanks to the generosity of the Nina Baldwin Fisher Foundation. Distribution will be in August at a family event to be held at the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium.  

(We’re still looking for additional support for more school supplies and lunch. If you’re interested in helping fund the event, please email 

CASA community counselors will also participate in a training program conducted by Child Advocates in Indianapolis, IN, called “Interrupting Racism for Children.” Board members participated in a one-day seminar by Child Advocates. Included in our July e-newsletter is a reflection by board member Susan Mason. Thanks to the NiSource Foundation for funding the program. 

In gratitude, 

Melisssa Protzek, Esq., head shot

Melissa Protzek, Esq.
Executive Director