Volunteer Fair: Tuesday, September 23rd : 12:00 - 5:00 PM : Tate Student Center : Baxter Street, Athens, 30602
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Athens-Oconee County is looking to train new volunteers to help the abused and neglected children in our immediate community. CASA volunteers are in the courts fighting for a better future for children in the foster care system.
CASA was founded in 1977 by Judge Soukup from Seattle, Washington. Judge Soukup did not feel comfortable making a drastic decision about a child’s future without clear knowledge about the child’s situation. He conceived the idea of adult volunteers speaking on behalf of the child after going into homes and learning where a child would best grow and develop.
Being a CASA is hard, rewarding work. After completing 40 hours in the classroom, CASA volunteers are assigned to a child’s case. Volunteers are asked to see the case from beginning to end, a process that may take up to a year or more. CASAs also need to be present in the courts, with advanced notice, to present their research and advice. CASA volunteers can be expected to spend 10 hours a month on a child's case.
If this sounds like something you would be interested, come talk to us. We’ll be hosting a non-commitment orientation on Thursday, October 2nd at 6:00 PM. Come to the Children First Cottage (693 N Pope St, Athens) and talk with the staff and current CASAs about what they are doing and how you can be involved. Everyone is welcomed and invited come learn about Court Appointed Special Advocates and how to serve in the community.
Unable to make it to the orientation? CASA will also be recruiting and open for questions at the HandsOn Northeast Georgia Volunteer Fair on Tuesday, September 23rd. The fair will be held at the University of Georgia’s Tate Student Center Grand Ballroom from 12 - 5PM. Free parking will be provided at the Tate Student Center Deck.