Category Archives: Volunteer

Hearing Things That Cannot be Said

Hearing Things That Cannot be Said

I spend time with these kids because there’s too much they can’t say.

Amanda Kasper is a proud Theta sister who became a CASA volunteer as soon as she graduated from college. The case she has been working since 2009 has now closed with a positive resolution. She has appeared as a guest blogger for us before, back in 2011.

A longer version of this piece originally appeared on her personal blog, Welcome to Midnight, it is reprinted here with permission.

 

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Your Role in a National Commitment to Keep Our Kids Safe

Your Role in a National Commitment to Keep Our Kids SafeBy National CASA CEO Michael Piraino

When a 12-year-old girl like Maya Ranot drops to 58 pounds, shows up at school with cuts and bruises, tells her friends she’s being beaten at home, and winds up bloodied in the emergency room, we’re horrified. How could a system that’s supposed to protect children like Maya have failed her so miserably?

The New York Times questioned why a New York City social worker spent a year monitoring the case “but did not act.” In a 2010 Facebook post the newspaper uncovered, the social worker reportedly said she wanted to quit her job. “I can’t take it. [It’s] way too much.”

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Changing a Child’s Life…and My Own

Thank you to Changing a Child’s Life…and My OwnElaine Leist, volunteer with CASA Kane County, Geneva, IL, for writing this guest post.

People like to say that things happen for a reason. Sometimes I think they are consoling themselves, putting a positive spin on an unexpected, or even tragic, turn of events.

For most of my life, I had no need for such explanations. I was blessed to have spent my life in the small town where I was born, surrounded by a loving family and cherished friends. There were few occurrences in my life that I could not explain or embrace.

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Valuing Volunteers

Valuing Volunteers

By National CASA CEO Michael Piraino

This being National Volunteer Week, let’s ask, “what’s the value of volunteering?”

Nearly 65 million US residents volunteer each year.  This is an extraordinary resource helping in myriad ways to improve life in the United States.

According to Independent Sector, the value of a volunteer hour in the United States is $22.14.  Using that estimate, the value of volunteering exceeds $175 billion a year.

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Valuing the Things Money Cannot Buy

In this guest blog post, Matthew Perkins describes the events in his life that led him to become a CASA volunteer.

Valuing the Things Money Cannot Buy

"Some might think I've had a rough life. But that is not the case. I have been tremendously blessed."

I like to tell people that I became a CASA volunteer because the Richland County CASA Program’s executive director—who also happens to be my neighbor—wouldn’t take no for an answer. It felt like every day she was asking me when I was going to train to be a CASA volunteer. I say that I became a volunteer to get her off my back. But that’s not the real reason.

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