By Steven Olender, Originally published in TODO Austin
"I've always felt called to be engaged and giving of support," said Becky Dickson. For Becky, this took many forms, volunteering at her kids' school, serving as a Deacon with her church and becoming a Stephen Minister. In the Stephen Ministry, she was trained to walk alongside people during difficult times in their lives, such as job loss, death in the family, or divorce, to be an outlet for them and listen without judgment.
Once her time as a Stephen Minister came to a close, a conversation during bible study at her church compelled her to become a CASA volunteer, something that had been in the back of her mind for years, since it first became the national philanthropy of her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta. "I kept thinking that I needed to challenge myself in a new way to do something beyond what I'd done before," she said and it was bible study that drew her to take the leap into action.
Now, in addition to spending time with her grandkids and serving with her church's rotating ministry for congregants in need, she advocates for four children. "You've got to have a heart for service, because there isn't always a happy ending," she explains. "But these children have a brighter future because of what we do at CASA."
Volunteer Profiles April 2017