Introducing: Kathy Rinette
1. Why did you decide to become a CASA?
o I was deeply moved by the Lifetime movie America about a 17 year old boy in foster care. The credits included CASA volunteer information & that's what got me started seven years ago.
2. What motivates you to continue your journey as a CASA, or to keep you meeting with your child, or to pick another case?
o Knowing that a few hours a week can help a child and their families. Picking a case can be difficult as most are heartbreaking. With the help of my supervisor I was able to decide on girls where I had the most to offer.
3. How long have you been a CASA Volunteer and how many children have you served?
o I've been a CASA seven years & I've worked with three teenage girls.
4. What do you like best about volunteering with CASA?
o Being a CASA proves that one person can make a difference in a child's life.
5. What was your favorite memory or outing you experienced with your CASA child?
o I have two. A lot of businesses offer their services to CASA children. One of the girls learned how to horseback ride. It was very rewarding to watch a city kid learn how to groom & ride a horse. Google offered a Casa youth tour which allowed my CASA teenager to explore an exciting & innovative work environment
6. How has being a CASA Volunteer positively impacted your life?
o I have met so many wonderful caring people over the past seven years it's been an amazing experience from CASA staff & volunteers, probation officers, social workers, and of course the girls & their families.
7. Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
o I owned a balloon business & was at Candlestick Park waiting to do a 50k World Series balloon release when the earthquake struck.