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Work of CASA volunteers vital, appreciated

Posted: April 19, 2013 - 8:46am

This week is Volunteer Appreciation Week and Kenaitze Indian Tribe would like to express public appreciation to some amazing volunteers in our community.

Carl Calhoun, Michael DeBoard, Linda Faro, Michelle Hartline, June Harris and Sheryl McMichael are CASA volunteers (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) with Kenaitze Indian Tribe and have spoken up for children in need.

These six individuals are community members who realize the need to help advocate for children who are in foster care. Each volunteer has a unique background and talents that aid them in their work as a CASA volunteer. Though different in many ways, CASA volunteers have one thing in common: They come forward to make a difference in the lives of children who have been abused and neglected. Some of these volunteers have served for a number of years and have been instrumental in ensuring the children assigned to them find a safe and permanent home. These volunteers walk alongside children through a time in life when they need someone to be there solely for them, to speak up for them, to be by their side through both tribal and state court proceedings.

To these individuals we say chiqinik – thank you. Thank you for the great work you do for foster children in our community. You make a difference simply by being consistent, caring adults in these children’s lives. You are an inspiration!


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