As of Tuesday, September 17, 2013
The Dalles Power of clichés
To the editor:
“It takes village to raise a child,” “Our children are our future,” “We must break the cycle.”
Clichés are clichés for a reason. I have participated in many service organizations, sports programs and other volunteer organizations the past 30 years, and in my humble opinion, being a CASA volunteer is the most important as well as rewarding.
A CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer has a role that can have an immediate impact on the life of a local child and family. The stories we may read or hear about child abuse, unsafe home environment or neglect, are very real and do not happen “just in the big cities.”
One of the most rewarding aspects of being a CASA is realizing I can and have made a difference in a child’s life rather than having that helpless or overwhelmingly sad feeling.
Simply put, a CASA is the voice of a child to the court. A very loud and powerful voice at that. A CASA volunteer makes a difference. Currently, slightly more than half of the children in Wasco, Sherman, and Hood River counties that are in need of CASA have one. This means there are 60 children who do not have a CASA to help them through this traumatic time in their lives.
Columbia Gorge CASA provides the training, incredible support, knowledge and experience to help new volunteers. The time commitment is flexible, manageable and controllable.
There is a training session starting Sept. 26. Please consider becoming a CASA volunteer, you will make a difference. Contact Columbia Gorge CASA at 541‐386-3641 or visit “www.gorgecasa.org.”