May 04 2012
By Callie Langford
One of our newest volunteers, Danny, met the little boy he’s been appointed to for the first time last week. Danny is a transplant from the U.K. to Austin complete with his British accent, and as they were talking and playing on a swing set the young boy suddenly asked, “Are you a prince? You sound like a prince. Where are you from?” Danny quickly replied, “Well where are princes from?”
This little boy may have decided that he got a prince for his CASA volunteer. Years ago another little boy went up to his volunteer, Rebel, after a particularly heated court hearing and whispered, “Rebel, did you have that name before you had this job?” Who knows what other children think of their volunteers, this new adult who has come into their lives and is looking out for them when things are tough. We even say “Every child needs a hero, but abused children need superheroes!” as our tagline for our annual CASA Superhero Run.
But when it comes down to it, our CASA volunteers aren’t royalty or rebels or superheroes. They aren’t all lawyers or social workers (though some are and we certainly welcome them!).
They are everyday people like you and me from a variety of careers and cultures and places, and all of their training to be advocates comes from CASA. They may have princely or heroic or even rebellious moments in their work advocating for children, but it doesn’t take any special background to volunteer for kids.
What it does take is a commitment to helping children and to fighting the effects of child abuse and neglect. It takes a strong will to learn and an open mind towards life experiences different from your own.
And what will it mean to a child to have a volunteer like you… well there the possibilities are endless!
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