Our amazing CASA Volunteers make a difference in the lives of foster children every day. For your inspiration, we will be spotlighting one of these everyday heroes as CASA Volunteer of the Month.
Why did you decide to become a CASA Volunteer?
I had been a volunteer with various other non-profit organizations where the work did not put me face to face with the people I wanted to help. I love to work with kids so when I learned about the CASA program it sounded perfect, just what I was hoping to find.
How long have you been a CASA Volunteer and how many children have you worked with?
I have been a CASA for almost 3 ½ years. I have only worked with one young girl so far. Her family has ongoing needs so I have decided to stay involved indefinitely. She has an older sister who also has a CASA who started about the same time, so we are able to do things with the two girls together which has been great!
What do you like best about volunteering with CASA?
I feel like I am making a positive difference in her life. I enjoy spending time with her and thinking of fun and educational things for us to do each week. I love seeing her happy and thriving. Having the CASA group’s support and being able to work with other people involved in this case makes me feel more effective than I could be on my own.
How has being a CASA Volunteer positively impacted your life?
It has made me more aware of how many children are not as fortunate and in need of someone to focus on them. I only wish I could do more but I am glad I am able to spend as much time with my little girl to help open up her world to things she might otherwise not be able to experience.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
For the past 3 years she has asked me to come to her School’s Halloween parade, which I have … in costume (as a witch, a space woman and as a pirate)!