Serving your Community: 6 Reasons to Volunteer with CASA Kane County
Thinking of becoming a volunteer? There are many reasons to volunteer and positives that come from it. Here are our top 6 reasons to volunteer for children with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Kane County!
Volunteering is Good for You
Whether its volunteering for children with CASA Kane County or elsewhere, volunteering provides physical and mental rewards. First and foremost, volunteering has also been known to reduce stress. Experts report that when you focus on someone other than yourself, it interrupts usual tension-producing patterns.
Volunteering can make you healthier. This can range from moods and emotions, like optimism, joy and can strengthen the immune system. Volunteering can help you develop personal growth skills that range from discovering hidden talents, social awareness, and empathy. Volunteering also provides a great sense of duty.
You learn a lot!! Working with local non-profit agencies, volunteers learn about the functions and operation of local government. Volunteers gain knowledge of local resources available to aid and solve community needs.
Volunteers Gain Professional Experience
You can gain insight on a possible career path or organization based on volunteering. A wonderful story at CASA Kane County includes one of our volunteers who turned into a full-time staff member!
Being a CASA/GAL (Guardian ad Litem) volunteer provides unique training and skill development that adds experience to a resume. Another benefit is volunteers learn systems and processes in addition to education allowing them to become a GAL. GALs are sworn officers of the court!
There is a great connection between volunteers. There are social events encouraging time to connect to a like-minded group of dedicated individuals working through the same situations, which also helps develop people and communication skills.
Volunteering Strengthens your Community
As a CASA Kane County volunteer, you help in so many ways directly impacting local families and youth support while helping to save community resources.
Volunteering for CASA provides valuable community services so more money can be spent on local projects and improvements. Here in Kane County, Judge Hull recently provided stats that each hour a GAL volunteer represents a child in court would cost the state $200. This could potentially amount to $36,000 for one child’s case throughout the court system.
Volunteering truly brings people together within the community. Connecting people from diverse backgrounds to work toward a common goal builds connections, camaraderie, and collaboration – its the core of a community.
“Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another.” ~Erma Bombeck
You Make a Difference
From the youth to the staff and all the amazing volunteers, you will meet passionate and inspiring people in your time volunteering with CASA Kane County. It’s infectious to be around such passionate individuals who are all working toward a cause and a goal.
Every person counts! Every volunteer hour counts! Every donated dollar counts! These resources strengthen the community and all those within it! People like to support community resources that they have used or that benefit people they care about; this provides a chance to give back. Encouraging civic obligation, volunteering and community service are investments in our community and to the people who live in it. Every volunteer hour and donation with CASA Kane County helps secure a brighter future for the future generations.
To Keep Active
Recently many people have been looking for ways to connect with other friends, siblings or significant others and spend time while also giving back. It provides a companion when taking on these volunteer tasks and allows couples or friends to split the load of responsibilities. There are many benefits of volunteering with another person and the top reason is to spend more time together and to have fun!
A great way to give back and stay active for those who are retired is to volunteer! Staying active and engaged in the community can lessen the likelihood of seniors developing illness, help lower blood pressure and play a part in lowering mortality rates. Recently, a volunteer shared a story that his doctor told him stay active and involved as soon as he retired. He has been volunteering for over 12 years. Keeping himself engaged in the community and helping other families is a way to keep his skills sharp, and his mind thinking and working.
To Help a Child in Need
As a CASA volunteer, you can help families heal and keep children connected to their relatives, their heritage, and their history. This is vital in helping them create a foundation of positive connections in their future.
Children deserve somebody in their corner who is looking for their needs and helping them achieve stability. When you volunteer for CASA Kane County you are providing so much value in the future of the children you are working with. Volunteers are knowingly helping to address a shortcoming within the child welfare system. It’s great to be able to get to know the children and to have a significant impact in the life and strength of a family.
Looking back at the experience you know you’ve made a difference, that you’ve affected someone’s life in a positive way. Above all the things you will gain, you will help a child in a remarkable way – Remember that you can be a powerful voice for them!
Ready to Volunteer for CASA Kane County?
Find your place and make a difference with your gift of time for children who need YOU.
CASA Kane County is nonprofit volunteer organization advocating for the best interest of children in abuse, neglect and guardianship situations. 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, visit the organization’s website at www.casakanecounty.org or call 630-232-4484.