Learn More About Renae
Why did you become a CASA Advocate?
I’ve been wanting to be an advocate for children facing adversity and trauma since I first heard about this organization in the 1990’s but had to wait until I could incorporate the commitment into my life. In our messy world, kids do not have much of a voice to express their needs and so it is our privilege and obligation as adults to serve in this capacity. What I didn't know is just how important the personal relationships would become to me.
How do you balance volunteering with your career/personal life?
I have a job that is full of change and surprises every day - as is CASA volunteering. Therefore, I get to be flexible and open to whatever the day brings and head in the direction in which I feel God and the people in my life are calling me. With some creativity and flexibility, it is certainly possible to balance both.
What was a moment that you realized that you/CASAs do make a difference?
One of my most memorable and cherished CASA moments was when the 3rd grade teacher of the 8-year-old girl I regularly visited for lunch at school told me: "She told me you were coming because you ALWAYS come on the third Wednesday of the month. She just waits for the third Wednesday to get here." It's really not that hard to be a consistent and loving presence in the life of a child.
What advice would you have for new CASAs?
Remember that it is not your responsibility to completely fix the lives of the children and families you serve because that is out of your control....and never forget that just showing up and offering care and encouragement can make a tremendous difference.