Sep 11 2013
By Callie Langford
“I know you’re very busy - you’re professionals - you have a lot to do and you’re here tonight because you have a heart for kids and a heart for our community,” shared Judge Darlene Byrne on Tuesday night at our Swearing-In Ceremony.
The 39 volunteers being sworn-in proved her right, sharing about their busy lives and careers throughout the evening. We had a number of engineers, computer programmers, social workers, lawyers and nonprofit employees officially become CASA volunteers. We also had many people with large families, including John and Hollie Garza who were sworn-in together as a couple. They brought their young son to the ceremony and have another child on the way.
Judge Byrne wanted to know a little more about each of our volunteers and their decisions to join CASA: “I know you have a lot of different choices of volunteer opportunities. Austin is an amazing town. There’s a gazillion wonderful organizations in this city. So tonight I’ll be asking why did you choose CASA to invest your heart and soul in?”
Here’s what some of them had to say:
Melvyn Anderson, a software developer, decided CASA would be his community involvement outside of his church involvement.
Andrea Boldt shared how she had heard many of the sad stories and “wanted to be a part of the solution.”
Michael Cavazos had been a mentor for 7 years and really enjoyed it. He decided to take his work helping kids to the next level by volunteering with CASA.
Mandeep Chatha had been a volunteer at Austin Children’s Shelter and was inspired by that to take on a more individual role working with children in need.
Madelyn Howard had heard a lot of alarming statistics and horrible stories about children who end up in foster care and she decided to take action. She also works with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and is leading their team on sponsoring CASA’s annual Holiday Toy Drive this year!
Gaylan Pinkerton decided that raising her own 5 children wasn’t enough and she wanted to do more. She shared how she just thinks “it’s wrong that there are children in our community who don’t feel loved and valued,” and joined CASA to help solve that problem.
Judge Byrne validated that they were indeed there to help solve these problems for children in need. “You are about to enter into the emergency room of the courthouse. This is a moment of crises in these family’s lives and you’re going to be there right at that moment to help start the healing and start picking up the pieces.”
January 2018 December 2017 November 2017 October 2017 September 2017 August 2017 July 2017 June 2017 May 2017 April 2017 March 2017 February 2017 January 2017 December 2016 November 2016 October 2016 September 2016 August 2016 July 2016 June 2016 May 2016 April 2016 March 2016 February 2016 January 2016 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 November 2013 October 2013