My family moved into our residence a few weeks ago. As much as I despise the process of packing, moving, unboxing, and living in a state of disarray – I do enjoy meeting new neighbors! It’s the typical introductions and get-to-know-you conversations which always include a questions of “what do you do for a living.” I generally receive one of three reactions when I tell people I’m a social worker and work with volunteers advocating for children experiencing foster care: (1) have no idea what I’m talking about; (2) become guarded about what they say afraid I will report them to DFCS; and (3) show a real interest in learning more. If you’re reading this blog then I hope you fall into the third category!
In this third category, the conversation generally includes comments similar to “that sounds really hard,” “I don’t know if I could do that,” or “Wow! What kind of person would be good at that?” Honestly – any person can “be good at that” with the right amount of training and support.
- Do you believe it is important to make a difference in your community?
- Do you believe every child deserves the opportunity to thrive?
- Do you believe the saying “you have time for what you make time for”?
- Do you believe in lifelong learning, challenging stereotypes, and learning about others different from you?
If you answered Yes to any of these questions, then you might have what it takes to be a CASA Volunteer! I am never ashamed to say that being a CASA Volunteer is not for everyone, but it can be for anyone. Being a CASA is both rewarding and really hard at the same time and at different times. This is one of the most multi-faceted roles I have every come into contact with in my lifetime. And my favorite part is that literally anyone can be a CASA!
Stay at home parent? Yes. Business professional? Yes.
Retired person? Yes. Person with kids? Yes.
Person without kids? Yep. Single? Yes.
Grandparent? Yes. Military person? Yes.
Does sex, gender, gender identity, or gender expression make a difference? Nope, all are welcome!
Do you have to be a certain race or ethnicity? Nope, diversity makes us stronger!
Does age matter? Nope – 21 years plus and you’re golden.
Seriously. Make a phone call and let us tell you about making a difference in the life of a child. We equip you with the knowledge and skills needed during training, then partner you with a staff member to guide you along the way. Who is the “perfect CASA Volunteer?” Perfection might be a myth, but I believe the perfect CASA Volunteer is someone willing to try.
Will you be that person?
Call or email Tracy L. Verrigni to learn more. (770) 531-1964.