CASA's 30-hour pre-service training is held virtually over five weeks to prepare new volunteers to become friends, mentors and advocates to the most vulnerable children in our community. We congratulate each and every one of them for committing and dedicating their time and energy to becoming a voice for children.
Learn why they decided to become a CASA volunteer in their own words.
Jordan Damron, Mechanical Engineer
I want to be a CASA to make a big difference in the lives of those who need the help the most - children. I love how valued the work is by the judge and how much going the extra mile can really influence the outcome of a child's life.
Jaclyn Fischer, Guest Services Associate
I’ve always had a passion for helping children that fall a victim to abuse/neglect. I love that there are so many people willing to be an advocate and be a voice for abused and neglected children. I also love that it is mainly volunteer-based because that means these people really want to help and make a positive impact on the children and families lives of whom they work with.
John Fitzgerald, Creative Services Producer
I want to be a CASA to participate in a service that directly impacts lives and to apply my diverse skills. CASA's work inspires me because the commitment to improving outcomes in family court and the dedication to serving as a voice for the child that is not typically heard otherwise.
Marvin Maddox, College Professor
I want to be a CASA volunteer to give back to society. A CASA can be your best friend. Someone who cares deeply for your well-being and is there if you need him. CASA's mission inspires me because I want to make a difference in just one child's life.
Leah Nord, Community Engagement Manager
Children who have experienced trauma deserve at a minimum, a caring, consistent individual committed to amplifying their voice, and advocating for their best interest. When children enter into care monitored by the state, they lose autonomy and control. They should have someone both invested in building a relationship with them, while at the same time going to bat for them when it matters most.
Michelle Smith, Retired Teacher
I want to be a CASA because I know how important it is for children to have someone on their side. I’m a retired teacher and worked with many children who needed to feel safe and secure. Being a CASA can allow me to continue this important task. CASA’s work inspires me because these children deserve to have someone fight for their rights to feel secure. CASA shows how to advocate for children and their well-being. What could be more inspiring than that?
To learn more about becoming a CASA volunteer, join a virtual information session every 1st or 3rd Wednesday of the month. More info/RSVP: www.casarr.org/casa101