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Volunteer

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Volunteer your time to change a child’s life.

In an overburdened social welfare system, abused and neglected children often slip through the cracks. That’s where CASA volunteers like you can help make a difference.

Appointed by family court judges, CASA volunteers typically handle one case at a time until the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. Other people come and go in the child’s life, but their CASA volunteer provides a constant presence the child needs to thrive and move on with their life.

Volunteers start by getting to know everyone in that child's life: parents and relatives, foster parents, teachers, medical professionals, attorneys, social workers and others. They use the information they gather to inform judges and others of what the child needs and what will be the best permanent home for them.

You do not have to be a lawyer or social worker to be a volunteer. We welcome people from all walks of life. We are simply looking for people who care about children and have common sense. As a volunteer, you will be thoroughly trained and well supported by professional staff to help you through each case.

You must pass a background check, participate in a 30-hour pre-service training course and agree to stay with a case until it is closed (a year and a half on average). Read more about the requirements and role of being a CASA volunteer.

Interested in helping children but not ready to commit to becoming a volunteer advocate? Learn about other volunteer opportunities

Definition of a Volunteer?

One who voluntarily undertakes, or expresses a willingness to undertake, a service.  

CASA's Definition of a Volunteer?

The heart beat of our organization - everyday heroes for children in need. 

One of the most unique things about CASA is that we use volunteers in nearly every aspect of the agency's work. Volunteers are literally at the heart of our organization - we could not do what we do without them. From a one-time volunteer experience, to the one year commitment of working a case as a volunteer advocate, there are so many ways for you to make a difference in the lives of the abused and neglected children we serve.

  • Volunteer Court Advocate

    A trained community volunteer, appointed by a district judge, to represent children in court. Volunteers get to know the child(ren) by talking with everyone in that child's life: parents and relatives, foster parents, teachers, medical professionals, attorneys, social workers and others. They use the factual information they gather to report to judges what the child needs and make recommendations as to the best interests of the child(ren) with a safe, permanent home as the primary goal.

  • Board of Directors

    A group of individuals who are responsible for the overall management of the organization, providing leadership and support.

  • Advisory Council

    A group of individuals who serve on subcommittees of the board, helping in the areas of finance, fund raising, public awareness, personnel, and long range planning. These individuals have expressed an interest in helping CASA, but typically do not have time to serve on the Board of Directors or as court advocates.

  • Special Events Volunteer

    CASA regularly utilizes community volunteers, youth groups, and others at special events throughout the year. See the Events page for more information on upcoming Events and Fundraisers.

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