As a staff member, let me be honest……..I hate the reporting periods! Allow me to explain as it may come across as I simply hate the paperwork. It is not all about the paperwork; reporting periods bring along a sense of failure for me. When you look at the number of volunteers versus the number of children being served versus the number of children on a waiting list it makes me sick. I see the names of the children who are waiting and in my mind I see their precious faces because I have seen them in court…….waiting for someone to come to them and say, “Hi Joey, my name is Dwayne and I am your CASA volunteer! The judge has asked that I get to know you and everything about you and keep him up to date on the things you need. You will be seeing me a lot!” At times I have thought to myself, “I wish I could just make so and so volunteer they would be so good.” Then it hits me, it’s not about what I want them to do it’s about what they want to do and the difference they want to make. I will never say being a CASA volunteer is easy but just put yourself in the shoes of an abused and neglected child……..which one do you think would be the easiest? Be the difference….Be a CASA.