Our children, Our responsibility
Our staff recently attended a CASA State Conference in Murfreesboro. During that conference we watched a video sponsored by the Changing Minds Now organization. This video was simply called Chad’s story. The video highlights the agony and abuse that Chad suffered at the hands of his Father during his childhood and how one person made a positive difference in his life by taking the time to listen and understand him. I actually held my breath during the entire length of this video.
Watching this video made me realize that our work is more important than ever. That we must be ever vigilant in our mission to recruit and train volunteers to advocate for children just like Chad who may be silently suffering with no hope of a normal and happy childhood. I believe strongly that CASA volunteers play a vital role across our 3 county areas, working directly with children who are involved in the courts and the child welfare system. I believe that these dedicated volunteers can’t save them all and that we need more people who are willing to give 10 hours a month of their time to the advocacy of these children.
Our volunteers are remarkable people and it’s a privilege to be a small part of the efforts our wonderful program makes to support them. Our volunteers are currently serving more than 270 children over 3 counties – but there are 290 more children waiting for a CASA volunteer. We have a responsibility to give these children a chance at life.
Please consider becoming a CASA volunteer or tell someone you know who may be a great candidate. Give these children the opportunity to be their best possible selves. After all they are our most valuable resource and our responsibility.
There are no special requirements other than you must have a heart for service. We take the time to train our volunteers and provide them with support and continued education so that they never feel alone or overwhelmed.
Visit our website at CASAtnh.org for more information on how to become a volunteer.
Kesha Shipe Waters
CASA of the TN Heartland