Monday, April 7, 2014

National Volunteer Week 2014, Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Lisa!

“Seeing how strong the human spirit can be is an irreplaceable experience.

Lisa is an Administrative Analyst at the County of San Luis Obispo and has volunteered for CASA of SLO for about a year and a half. She is a volunteer Advocate and Guild Member.

How did you first hear about CASA of SLO?  I am not exactly sure where I first heard about CASA but I think it was at school.  I knew I wanted to get involved in CASA because I have always believed that children need to form a strong sense of self confidence, for the experiences in their young lives will forever shape their character. I think this is what CASA does; it aims to provide a strong sense of self so the child is prepared to take on the world.

What are some of your favorite parts about volunteering?  My favorite part about volunteering as an Advocate is getting the chance to build a friendship with an amazing individual. Seeing how strong the human spirit can be is an irreplaceable experience. I think once a CASA child and Advocate build a relationship both lives will never be the same.

Being a member of the Guild is also very rewarding because you are able to see firsthand how the community, including individuals, businesses, and non-profit organizations can come together to support such an important cause. Being a Guild member allows you to see the best part of humanity.  When you see an event held and all the individuals working together either volunteering their time, money, or support you are able to see the amount of love that humans hold in their hearts for one another and especially the most vulnerable population, the children.

What are some activities you have done with your CASA child? I have done a variety of activities with my CASA child. We have gone to the park and colored and listened to music, gone to ice cream, gone to the beach and looked at the tide pools, driven around to look at lights at Christmas time, made up songs, and even made a 2 year and 5 year plan of goals and aspirations.

What have you learned during your time at CASA?
I have learned that children are resilient. I have seen children going through experiences that are more difficult than I could have ever imagined yet somehow someway children remain positive, grateful, and braver than I could ever be.

What would you tell a friend who is interested in volunteering for CASA but has yet to take the plunge? 
I would say just do it and that there truly is no time but today.  I printed out the volunteer application and had it sitting on my nightstand for a while before I turned it in.  Now I look back and wonder what took me so long. I urge anyone who is interested in volunteering in any capacity to go to an informational meeting or contact the office. I promise it will transform the person you are today. 

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