Volunteering is a noble act that brings about positive change in communities around the world. It involves selflessly dedicating time and effort to assist others without any expectation of material gain. While the primary aim of volunteering is to help those in need, it is worth noting that volunteers also receive benefits from their experiences.
We asked one of our committed CASA Volunteers a couple of questions to gain insight on how she became involved and why she chose to volunteer with the children in Kane County.
Kate got her start volunteering with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Kane County two years ago after she retired and needed something “meaty” to do. In her previous life she was a speech pathologist and knew she wanted to do something with kids that would make a difference, so she became a CASA/GAL advocate.
What is your favorite part of volunteering with CASA?
“I look forward to visiting “my” assigned kids each month and catching up with them.”
Why do you volunteer with CASA Kane County?
“To be a voice for a child that might otherwise not have one. And to make a difference in our world because children are our future.”
What has been the most rewarding aspect of being a CASA Kane County Volunteer?
“First and foremost, the children are safe and they are in a home where their needs have been taken care of. So that’s the most important thing. Secondly, it has been so awesome to see the mother’s progression throughout his case. Taking responsibility and also going full force into the services that have been recommended to her, she is a great advocate for herself and her kids. It has been really wonderful to see how much of a different person she is now than from the beginning of the case. To also see a parent that goes into services and accepts those services whole heartedly and has made awesome progress I think reunification is around the corner for her and that’s going to be really a wonderful day!”
Since this testimonial video Kate followed up and shared,
“With my first case, the kids were reunited with their mom and it was the best feeling!! Mom still keeps in touch with me and sends me photos of the kids. It’s an awesome feeling knowing the kids are back at home and knowing mom has made tremendous personal growth. CASA is such a wonderful organization that I’m proud to be a part of!”
Below are reasons why people volunteer and how engaging in volunteer work can be profoundly rewarding.
The Desire to Make a Difference:
One of the primary motivations for volunteering is the desire to make a positive impact on the world. Many individuals feel a deep sense of empathy and compassion towards those who are less fortunate or facing challenging circumstances. Volunteering with children who have experienced abuse neglect by no fault of their own is a way to make a huge impact and truly make a difference in the life and future of a child.
Building Stronger Communities:
Volunteers play a pivotal role in building stronger and more cohesive communities. Through dedicated efforts, they strengthen the social fabric by bridging gaps and fostering connections among community members. Children are our future and the effects of child abuse on a child and a community are long-lasting; community support is the key component to the success of our children.
Volunteering encourages a sense of belonging and solidarity, bringing people from diverse backgrounds together in pursuit of a common goal. By actively participating volunteers contribute to the well-being and vitality of their neighborhoods and communities.
Gaining Perspective and Gratitude:
Volunteering exposes individuals to different life circumstances and challenges, providing them with a new perspective on their own lives. Witnessing the resilience and strength of others facing adversity often leads to a greater appreciation for one’s blessings and a sense of gratitude. Volunteering reminds us to be thankful for what we have and encourages a more compassionate and empathetic outlook towards others.
Provides a Sense of Purpose:
Volunteering can provide a sense of purpose and meaning in life. It can give you a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment that comes from helping others. When some people are just working, or in a day-to-day routine and not feeling a sense of purpose, volunteering can help guide to another way of thinking and shift perspective. Providing assistance to children and youth in need and working towards shaping their future for success can bring awareness to what is important.
Volunteering is a powerful force that brings about positive change in both individuals and communities. So, if you have the opportunity to lend a helping hand, remember that your act of selflessness not only impacts others but also has the potential to transform your own life in ways you may never have imagined.
If you ask any CASA volunteer, many of them respond with the same answer, being a CASA, it has been one of the best decisions they have ever made and that it is truly a life changing experience.
If you or anyone you know would like to help make a difference in the life of a child, please contact CASA Kane County at 630-232-4484. You can also get more information about CASA Kane County by visiting their web page at www.casakanecounty.org.
The question we have to ask is, Did you make a difference today?
Want More Information About Volunteering?
CASA would like to invite you to join them on mission. If you are 21 or older and have 5-15 hours a month to give a child – YOU can be a CASA!
Those interested can attend a virtual only general information meeting which are held twice a month at different times to provide flexible options.
Follow the Link to find General Information Meeting Dates and Register:
Those interested can also take the first step and follow these links below.
CASA Kane County is nonprofit volunteer organization advocating for the best interest of children in abuse and neglect situations throughout Northern Illinois. CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates/Guardian ad Litem) volunteers are specially trained to become the objective voice of a child for a judge.
CASA Kane County is currently seeking VOLUNTEERS! To learn more and Change a Child’s Story, please visit the organization’s website at www.casakanecounty.org or call 630-232-4484.
Upcoming Meeting Dates:
Hosted Virtually via TEAMS by CASA Kane County
Thursday, June 1
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 29
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 6
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
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