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. (Please feel free to like, comment or share and help honor this Volunteer.)
- Why did you decide to become a CASA Volunteer?
My family helped me decide to become a CASA volunteer. When my wife and I retired from teaching our son David, who is Chief Deputy Counsel in San Mateo and represents CPS, asked Joan to become a CASA. She did and felt the work was valuable. She told me that it would be good for me and be a service to children in the community to also become a CASA. So I did.
- How long have you been a CASA Volunteer and how many children have you worked with?
I have been a CASA for 3 years. I have worked with 4 young men. Two very briefly and two others for over a year each.
- What do you like best about volunteering with CASA?
The best thing about being a CASA is forming new relationships with young people and their caregivers and sharing experiences with them. Sometimes I show them something new and I learn a great deal from them. Forming new relationships in person is much better than Facebook.
- How has being a CASA Volunteer positively impacted your life?
CASA has helped me become much more involved in a larger part of my community.
- Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I have been taking recorder lessons for five years and my very kind teacher believes there is still hope I may one day be able to play real music.