Together, We’re Changing Lives
Step into the heart of our community and witness the inspiring transformations that CAST volunteers have set into motion. Each story unravels the incredible impact of love, kindness, and collective efforts on the lives around us. It’s through these heartwarming narratives that the essence of CAST – Caring and Serving Together – truly shines. We warmly invite you to explore these stories, experience our passion for service, and see the profound difference your involvement can make. As we continue to change lives, we are reminded that together, we are stronger.
The Power of Togetherness
A CAST BLAST Experience
CAST BLAST is not just an event; it is a testament to the power of community, faith, and shared experiences.
A recent CAST BLAST experience was one of a heartening display of community cohesion, with children playing, students interacting, and people of all ages engaging with one another. It was a sight to behold – a lively, multigenerational, multiethnic, and multicultural crowd, all lost in the rhythm of line dancing. The event was an unexpected but delightful blend of ages and cultures, all united by the shared rhythm of music and the ethos of Caring and Serving Together.
The CAST BLAST was an uplifting community celebration like no other I had experienced before. The food was delectable, the discussions enlightening, and the line dancing thoroughly enjoyable. But the most meaningful part of the day was towards the end, when some students stayed back, seeking answers to their profound questions about faith. As the sun dipped below the horizon, a few students, having made a significant decision, waded into the lake for a baptism.
Indeed, CAST BLAST is more than just an event – it’s a vibrant illustration of CAST’s transformative impact, fostering a connected community that celebrates diversity, cherishes shared experiences, and nurtures a commitment to Caring and Serving Together.
Empowering Students at the Early College Academy
A Community Effort to Furnish Essential School Supplies
As the school year was about to commence at the newly established Early College Academy, Ken Brunner, the principal, identified a significant need – several students lacked essential school supplies. A conversation with the Caring and Serving Together (CAST) team sparked an ambitious project that surpassed the usual notion of extra pens and pencils, evolving into a monumental endeavor to provide every student – all 237 of them – with a brand-new backpack brimming with necessary academic tools. This wasn’t a simple shopping list, but a monumental task requiring calculators, binders, thousands of pens and pencils, books, scissors, rulers, and more – everything a student might need.
The process saw the community rally together in a demonstration of goodwill and unity. With many hands making light work, volunteers flocked to the cause, forming a lively assembly line at the Shackelford’s business. Mountains of supplies began to amass at drop-off locations, while generous monetary donations kept the secret shoppers funded. The largest project to date was met with recognition in local media, but the true testament to its success lay in the heartfelt thank-you notes from students and their families. As a trailer full of backpacks was delivered to the school, the joy etched on the students’ faces and the shared sense of accomplishment amongst the volunteers told a story far beyond the tangible – one of community, empathy, and the power of collective action.
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