A way to help children
One of my favorite things about the start of a new year is it seems that is the time we look at our lives and think about ways to improve ourselves in many different ways. Yes, that diet and exercise regimen is usually at the top of the list and that is certainly important. However, many of us look for ways to not only improve ourselves, but to improve the lives of others as well.
Volunteer opportunities are plentiful in our community and, at a time when organizations are struggling with decreases in funding and resources, volunteers are even more important, particularly to the Douglas County Court Appointed Special Advocate program. You have undoubtedly noticed, from newspaper articles and television, the incidence of child abuse and domestic violence has increased dramatically. Loss of employment and homes causes family stress that often results in divorce, substance abuse, child abuse, neglect, and domestic violence. CASAs are volunteers appointed by the Ninth Judicial District Court to advocate for the children caught in the middle of these situations. We are described as the “Eyes and Ears of the Court” and we (currently 35 of your neighbors) are tasked with working in the best interests of the children we serve. Our caseload has increased dramatically.
CASA trains new volunteers once a year and our classes will begin soon. If you are seriously thinking about ways to improve the lives of others, I invite you to an informational meeting to see if CASA can provide you with that opportunity. Meetings will be held on Feb. 7 and 8 and details are available by calling the CASA office, 782-6247. You truly can make a difference in a child’s life in 2012.