“I was looking for something meaningful to do with my life. I had too many me activities and not enough activities that made me feel good about what I was doing.” – Jim Shaw, Summit County

“Eleanor Roosevelt once said “when you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die”.  After a few years of ‘retirement, sort of’ I was feeling the need to be more involved with children, especially those with special needs and special family circumstances.”  Joy Chandler, Clear Creek County

Becoming a CASA volunteer is rewarding and is a way to give back to the community by way of impacting future generations.  Instilling value in children is something that will last a lifetime. – Lindsey Parlin, Lake County

“I have found it gratifying to know that my involvement makes a difference in people’s lives. Also, it’s rewarding to be part of the team of people who pool their talents and resources to help children and families in need.” -Nels Hinderlie, Eagle County

I have learned a lot from volunteering as a CASA and enjoy the responsibility that we are trusted with.  The thing that has impacted me the most is how respected my voice is. I am able to be a part of the process from beginning to end and make an impact on the families and children involved.” –Mary Johnson, Lake County

“I became a CASA because I thought that is one small way I can help with something I see as very destructive to America’s future. Now I’ve done it for a few years and I have had three cases and become the teenager whisperer!” – Rebecca Huffstetler, Eagle County

“Some kids have been dealt bad cards through no fault of their own, and that’s a real injustice. Being a CASA volunteer is a real way to make sure the voice of those kids gets heard. It can be emotionally difficult at times, but it’s incredibly rewarding.” -David Breingan, Summit County

“I would encourage others to become CASA’s because it is so fulfilling to make a real difference in a child’s life.  It is helpful and so worthwhile to get to know the child, get to know what their specific needs are what their desires are and to be a part of their life so they aren’t forgotten.  Children who have a CASA have a strong advocate in their life to help secure a permanent home for them so they can live a safer, more enriching and loving life.  With all the volunteer work that I have done over the years, being a CASA is the most interesting, challenging and rewarding volunteer job I’ve ever had.” – Lois Bruce, Eagle County

“It can be a heart-wrenching experience, but it is always worth it.  CASA volunteers can be the only constant in a child’s life while they are going through many changes, some scary and some good.  They need that consistency desperately.” – Lynnette O’Keefe, Lake County

“I believe this work is important and I encourage more people to become involved because it is for neglected and/or abused children who need a responsible adult’s time, compassion, and voice in a tough court system.  Kids get lost and misguided so they need someone to learn what it’s been like in that household situation, and to stand up for them.  And if you don’t quite have the time yet to become a fully trained advocate, then the “Friends of CASA” volunteer program is perfect for those who can give whatever spare time they have in helping fund-raise and fun-raise, as well as just bringing more awareness to the people of Summit, Lake, Clear Creek and Eagle Counties.” – Amanda Acker, Summit County

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