WesTex FCU is proud to work with Special Olympics South Plains, The Children’s Home of Lubbock and CASA South Plains. We feel community involvement in these organizations helps to strengthen our ties to the Lubbock community and provide outreach and assistance to these charities that are need.
We work closely with these organizations to provide hands on expertise boards and company wide participation at fund raising functions. Please consider contributing volunteer time and monetary donations.
CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. The CASA Advocate is appointed by a judge to advocate, or speak for, a child or children in foster care. Our advocates serve the children in need as Guardian ad Litem. That’s a fancy name for an official court role of looking out for the children’s “best interests”.
A Lubbock County Judge first appointed a CASA advocate to serve as an abused child’s advocate in October 1993. Since that time, more than 5,000 children have been provided more than 1,000 advocates.
Since 1995, our program has grown from two employees to 13 full-time and approximately 150 advocates. We are governed by a board of directors representing a diverse population of our community, with representation from six counties in the area.
The Children’s Home is a community of volunteers, workers and supporters, pouring their efforts together to make life better for children who need to see that caring and love do exist in a world that has often been unfair and unjust. Since the Home opened its doors in 1954, over 5,500 children have been helped through the Home’s services.
Praised by licensure reviews as one of the best programs in the State of Texas, the Children’s Home places a strong emphasis on family rehabilitation, with programs of care designed for children and their families.
On any given day an average of 145 boys and girls are in care in the various programs of The Children’s Home of Lubbock.
Spiritual training is a vital part of each child’s life at the Home. Each cottage worships at a different congregation in the Lubbock community. Staff and children become active participants in the congregation where they worship. Spiritual training policies are set by the Board of Directors and implemented by our staff without regulation by the State. Last year the Home served 244 public sector boys and girls who would not otherwise receive the blessing of knowing about the God who loves them.
Special Olympics Texas is divided into four regions with 19 area offices. Athletes may begin training as early as six years old, but must be eight years old to compete. Athletes must be 12 years old to attend statewide competitions. Thanks to the Young Athletes™ Program (YAP), which launched in 2005, children ages two through seven can participate as an “Athlete in Training” in areas where the program is available.
It is our vision to become the premier provider of Special Olympics training and competition in the world. We approach each endeavor with a single intent – to improve the quality of life for our athletes. The challenges of the future are embraced with enthusiasm and commitment, ensuring that the changing face and needs of our athletes are met.
Every April, WesTex FCU sponsors the Rajun Cajun event, a cajun themed fundraiser to benefit local area Special Olympics athletes. The Rajun Cajun event features Cajun cuisine, including crawfish, shrimp, crab legs, sausage and potatoes, in a festival-type atmosphere.