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Child Advocacy Group Seeks Volunteers

casa 300LEXINGTON, Ky. (1/3/14) — Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lexington is excited to announce for the first time in the history of the program, a third full time Volunteer Manager has been hired. This means the program will be able to take on 30 additional volunteers and provide advocacy for more children! The program is currently seeking interested community members to become CASA volunteers.

CASA of Lexington is the local branch of a nationwide non-profit organization. CASA of Lexington recruits and trains volunteers who are then assigned to a child abuse or neglect court case. CASA volunteers come from all socio and economic backgrounds, bringing a wide variety of experiences to the agency. CASA volunteers strive to be the one familiar face to children faced with an ever changing array of service providers, foster homes and schools.

“Volunteering for CASA has definitely opened my eyes. When you think about how children are being hurt by the ones who are supposed to love and protect them the most, how can you not volunteer? It's heartbreaking to learn what happens in our own community. My experience has been positively life changing and I will always give back to children,” said Lyndsey Martin, CASA volunteer.

Volunteers are required to be a minimum of 21 years of age, complete an application, undergo background checks and an interview and complete a 30 hour training course. CASA of Lexington also asks that volunteers be willing to commit to ten hours a month for two years, in order to provide consistency to children in an otherwise ever-changing system.

“I chose CASA because of what the volunteers do. We help to give a voice to the voiceless and change the lives of those around us one child at a time,” said Kelly McDaniel, CASA volunteer.

In 2012, local CASA volunteers gave 143 children a voice in court, a cause for celebration. Yet sadly, 1,140 more children in Lexington are in need of help. The next training class starts January 23 and takes place at the CASA office. For more information or to sign up for the upcoming training contact Rachel Moody at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (859) 246.4317. Sign up to become a CASA volunteer and make a difference today!
 
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