Meet Volunteer Advocate Amy Ray

Sep 22 2015

By Steven Olender, Originally published in TODO Austin Magazine

"We're called to love others, and this kind of my way to do that," says Amy Ray, about volunteering with CASA. Amy, a nurse practitioner, is a former triathlete who scaled back to just running after her training schedule cut into family time with her husband, cat and lab puppy. One thing she won't scale back, though, is volunteering, which she does with CASA and also Mobile Loaves and Fishes and at a soup kitchen in Bastrop.

Amy was born in Kerrville, but moved to California with her family at 13. After finishing graduate school in Boston, she knew it was time to come back home. "Texas is definitely where my heart is," she told us. Looking for ways to give back, Amy found CASA and remembered hearing about the role from a graduate school professor. She signed up right away and will begin her second case shortly.

Helping her community is essential to Amy, both at the practice where she works and in her spare time. "We see patients from a couple days old to over a hundred," but there's a special place in her heart for kids. "I don't have any kids of my own, so this is my way of impacting our future generation," she said. "That's kind of where my heart is."