Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will hold a lunch & learn for prospective CASA volunteers at noon May 3 at Roma’s Italian Restaurant at 1600 W. Tatham Ave. in Sallisaw.
Jenny Crosby of CASA for Muskogee, Sequoyah and Wagoner Counties, said, “Every day in the United States, 1,900 children fall victim to abuse and neglect. CASA for Children is a local non-profit organization that recruits, trains, and supports citizen volunteers to advocate for the best interests of these children both in the courtroom and community.”
Crosby explained that CASA volunteers are advocates empowered directly by the courts to offer judges the critical information they need to ensure that each child’s rights and needs are being attended to while in foster care. For many abused children, a CASA volunteer is the only adult presence in their lives.
The CASA program will host an information session for persons interested in obtaining information about CASA or learning what steps are necessary to become a volunteer. This meeting will be held over lunch at Roma’s Italian Restaurant on May 3. Meals will be provided by the CASA for Children Program.
Crosby said no previous education or experience is required to volunteer. The only prerequisite is that volunteers be at least 21 years of age.
Crosby said, “We welcome volunteers from all cultures, professions, ages and ethnic backgrounds.”
For more information about CASA or to request an application, call (918) 686-8199 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. A child is waiting for your help!
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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