Volunteerism. According to Dictionary.com, to be a volunteer is to freely offer to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task. There are so many worthy causes, so many necessary causes. How can one possibly ever decide which one is most worthy? I’d like to give you some food for thought.
It has often been said that it takes a village to raise a child. CASA – 15th Judicial Circuit (Court Appointed Special Advocate), serving Lee, Carroll and Ogle counties, is part of that village.
This year, we are celebrating 29 years of advocating for children in our court systems. With a vision of providing a CASA volunteer for every child who needs one, we serve as listeners, as voices of encouragement, and as advocates on behalf of children who are abused, neglected or both to ensure their educational, physical and mental health needs are met.
I would ask you to join me in serving as a voice for a child. Your gifts of time, talent and donations are needed as child advocates, as board members and as fund raisers.
The following thoughts by Dorothy Law Nolte describe the importance of working together to raise each child as best we can.
“If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn. If children live with hostility, they learn to fight. If children live with ridicule, they learn to be shy. If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.
“If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence. If children live with tolerance, they learn to be patient. If children live with praise, they learn to appreciate. If children live with acceptance, they learn to love. ...”
If you are interested in volunteering with CASA – 15th Judicial Circuit, please call Trisha Morrow at 815-222-6780.
Note to readers: Leigh Anne Piper is a member of the Carroll County CASA Board.