Meet Volunteer Advocate Elizabeth Kennedy

Jan 08 2014

By Callie Langford, Originally published in TODO Austin Magazine

Elizabeth Rosenbaum has lived in Austin for 21 years. She loves running the trails here in Austin and growing and arranging flowers. This fulfills her nurturing gene now that her two daughters are grown up.

It was the empty nest feeling that led Elizabeth to volunteering with CASA 7 years ago. What has surprised her most about volunteering with CASA is that “in spite of the fact that Austin is continually nominated as one of the best cities to live in, a high number of our community’s children experience neglect and abuse.” She loves how CASA volunteers not only work for the safety and well-being of children, but also help bring joy to their young lives by “removing the burdens that are inappropriate for their age and allowing them to embrace their childhood.” 

Elizabeth's volunteer work has led her to further her own knowledge regarding early childhood development and infant mental health. She is pursuing a degree in these fields through the University of Massachusetts, Boston and has completed many other certification programs focused on childhood trauma, therapy, child maltreatment and more.

“Volunteering has given me a very gratifying sense of purpose. I see opportunities to enhance a child’s life by making certain that we support their healthy development and brighten their futures,” said Elizabeth.