Oh, this is going to be a good day!

Oct 15 2012

By Callie Langford

Longtime CASA volunteer Lisa Rosenbaum always takes a bag of arts and crafts supplies when she goes on an outing with CASA kids. One day she happened to have a stamp and ink set in with the other supplies. Upon finding this, one of the children she was with exclaimed, “Oh, this is going to be a good day!”

Listening to Lisa talk about some of her favorite moments of volunteering can only be described as precious. She’s advocated for many young children who really do say the darnedest things! What’s amazing to me is how much can be revealed by some of the smallest interactions and conversations about the kids’ life experiences.

Lisa’s first case was with a 4 year-old girl. On their second meeting Lisa was taking her to the children’s museum when the girl said she needed to go to the bathroom. Lisa pulled into a grocery store parking lot and was walking the 4 year-old through the store, holding her by the hand, when suddenly the girl stopped and looked up at her and said, “You really like me, don’t you?” Having someone who listened to what this little girl needed, even something as basic as going to the bathroom, clearly meant a lot to her.

Lisa Rosenbaum with CASA Team Leader Tiffeny McNeel
Lisa Rosenbaum and CASA Team Leader Tiffeny McNeel at the 2012 Volunteer Appreciation event

It doesn’t take much to show a child you care about them and what they want and need in life, but it really does have an impact. Lisa shared one other story with me:

There was this little girl that I was picking up from school one day to go to the eye doctor. She wasn’t aware that I was coming to get her and was standing in the lunch line when I arrived. She looked at me so surprised by the novelty of the idea that I was there just for her. As we walked together to the office to sign her out she took my hand and pulled it to her heart. She leaned towards me and gave this powerful laugh, a teeheeheehee! She was just thrilled to matter so much in that moment.

And even in those times when it can be demanding to be a CASA volunteer, Lisa says it’s all worth it when you hear those “little things the kids say and you know you made their day so good!” It’s often the little things CASA volunteers do, even as little as bringing a stamp and ink pad for a child to let loose their creativity, that make a huge difference in children’s lives.

The best part is that I know we have 550 other amazing volunteers like Lisa who are creating these special moments and letting children know how important and special they are every day. I can’t wait to hear the rest of the stories!