by Sara Blake
After receiving her Bachelor of Education from the University of Incarnate Word, Alix began her career as a teacher. Today, Alix has switched gears by working for a pharmaceutical research corporation that runs medical study trials. Alix still has a chance to teach in Sunday school and for RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) - classes for adults who are Catholic converts or those who wish to complete their sacraments.
Though no longer a performer, Alix still enjoys music. These days she spends much of her free time in the kitchen, cooking and baking for her family. Her favorite dishes include Mexican food, chili with venison, cheesecake, cookies and breads. "I’m currently looking at some of Julia Child’s recipe books and want to try my hand at coq au vin," Alix shares.
"The biggest surprise about working with CASA was how truly invested CASA is in these children's lives and the intensity of how much they care."
After Alix moved from San Antonio back to her hometown of Austin, she found herself with free time and wanted to do something for the community.. A friend suggested finding a volunteer opportunity, and soon after, Alix saw a TV ad for CASA. And the rest is history – Alix has been a CASA volunteer for 7 years and has served more than 20 children from little ones to teenagers.
"The biggest surprise about working with CASA was how truly invested CASA is in these children's lives and the intensity of how much they care," says Alix. She credits CASA with providing "a much more personal relationship than many of the other parties in the child's life. Someone is here to listen to their concerns, their thoughts, and their fears."
"You don’t realize how much of a difference you can make."
Alix's advice to "anyone who wants to do something rewarding that will payoff big," is to invest in children. "You don’t realize how much of a difference you can make. The impact may come later and you may not see it—but you are setting the groundwork for confidence and a sense of security—that’s so important for these kids. "
Volunteer Profiles 2018 August