Updated: Jun 24, 2021
Louisville, KY – June 21, 2021 – CASA of the River Region’s volunteers were nationally recognized and awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
Since 2003, the President’s Volunteer Service Award has recognized “the important role of volunteers in America’s strength and national identity. This award honors individuals whose service positively impacts communities in every corner of the nation and inspires those around them to take action, too.”
Volunteers are eligible if they spend 100+ hours volunteering annually, with special recognition given to those who spend 250+ hours and 500+ volunteering. Despite the pandemic, seven CASA volunteers were recognized for their dedication and outstanding service to the most vulnerable children in our community. The following CASA volunteers received a certificate and presidential pin: Jay Ankenbrand, Amy Davenport, Terri Phelps, Alicia Rowe, Ann Schnepf, Dorothy Watts, and Ann Young.
“We are truly grateful to partner with AmeriCorps and Points of Light to have the opportunity to offer this award. We have so many deserving volunteers and we are thankful for the opportunity to recognize their efforts,” said William Myers, President & CEO of CASA of the River Region.
In 2020, 215 volunteers were a voice for children by being Court Appointed Special Advocates in Jefferson, Henry, Oldham, Trimble, Shelby, and Spencer counties. Each volunteer spends roughly 1-4 hours per week on each case, with a combined average of 22,360 hours per year for all volunteers.
CASA of the River Region (CASA) is the only nonprofit allowed in the closed-circuit Family Court System whose services are appointed by a Family Court Judge. CASA trains volunteers to be a friend, mentor, and advocate to children who have suffered abuse/neglect. CASA volunteers ensure children are in a safe home, achieve academic success and receive medical/therapeutic services to overcome trauma. To learn more, attend a virtual CASA 101, held every first and third Wednesday of the month. Info/RSVP: www.casarr.org/casa101