Our amazing CASA Volunteers make a difference in the lives of foster children every day. For your inspiration, we like to spotlight one of these everyday heroes as CASA Volunteer of the Month. This month we are pleased to feature Dianne Tatro. (Please feel free to like, comment or share and help honor this Volunteer.)
- Why did you decide to become a CASA Volunteer?
I raised two boys who are now grown up. My work has slowed down, so I have the time to give to kids in the CASA program.
- How long have you been a CASA Volunteer and how many children have you worked with?
I've been in the CASA program over two years now and have worked with two cases, both boys, an eight year old and a 15 year old.
- What do you like best about volunteering with CASA?
It feels like I am doing a small part to contribute to a child's life opportunities he may not otherwise have.
- How has being a CASA Volunteer positively impacted your life?
My interactions with both of my cases has been very positive. The boys look upon me as an adult friend. Our outings and get together are positive and fun.
- Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I was born in South Africa and immigrated to the United States as a teenager. Ikebana (Japanese Flower arranging) has been a hobby of mine, along with travel and reading. My husband of 52 years is extremely supportive of my role as a CASA Volunteer, as are my family and friends. I volunteer for the San Mateo County Book Club in the boys units at Juvenile Hall.