Editor's note: The story has been updated to reflect the mention of CASA of Travis County with around 600 volunteer advocates.

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Travis County, or CASA, has partnered with Kerbey Lane All Day Cafe to raise funds and awareness about the organization. From July to September, Kerbey Lane will donate a portion of proceeds from its monthly pancake specials toward the CASA mission.

Who it’s for

CASA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children with volunteer court-appointed special advocates. The heart of its mission is to promote and protect the best interest of children who have experienced abuse or neglect, said Erin Kozma, CASA of Travis County’s Senior Director of Advancement.

Volunteers are meant to be a voice for the children as well as a constant in a child’s life during a difficult and hectic time, Kozma explained, adding that last year the organization served an estimated 1,000 children with around 600 advocate volunteers.

“One of the exciting things about a partnership with a company like Kerbey Lane is honestly just brand awareness,” Kozma said. “Letting the community know that there's an organization like ours out there, in hopes that maybe someone—who is maybe grabbing pancakes at Kerbey Lane on a Saturday morning—maybe this is the time that they finally see CASA and they say, ‘You know what? I am at a point in my life where I can serve as a CASA volunteer now, and I can advocate for kids.'”

Get involved

Kozma said the need for volunteers is always present. She also noted there are several ways for people to become involved in the organization.

“Going to your local Kerbey Lane and just ordering a stack of pancakes is a really easy way to help CASA,” she said.

CASA will also be hosting its largest fundraising event in September. Find more information on the nonprofit and volunteer opportunities here.

“Their mission is so powerful,” said Mason Ayer, CEO and owner of Kerbey Lane. “... It was a really easy choice to partner with CASA.”

The Austin company partners with local nonprofits quarterly through its Kerbey Kindness program.