Meet Tish! She completed CASA training in January 2022 and has already worked on three cases.
This article was written by guest contributor Kevin Nelson and edited by CASA staff. Thank you, Kevin!
Heart of West Michigan United Way
I heard about CASA of Kent County after I moved to Grand Rapids and joined the United Way team. I have a personal connection to child advocacy and a heart for nonprofit work. I did some research on CASA and realized that its mission speaks to me. When I attended the Heart of CASA event, I had the opportunity to chat with several volunteers. They inspired me to send information to friends that I think would make great CASA volunteers.
I chose to donate to CASA because I am very passionate about giving, and I understand the importance of supporting missions that reflect a future you want to see in your own community. I believe our community’s future is stronger with CASA of Kent County doing the important work in advocating for our area’s most vulnerable youth. It is my belief that all people should choose a few charities and commit to recurring monthly support, and I am happy to have selected CASA of Kent County as one of mine.
I am passionate about creating communities centered around philanthropy and am working towards becoming a go-to leader in West Michigan that donors, volunteers, or really any neighbor feels comfortable approaching to ask for advice on what organizations they should support, why, and how to best do that.
I look forward to seeing how CASA continues to grow, I plan to engage my circles of influence in your mission, and I hope to stay engaged moving forward.
This article is part of the Winter 2022 edition of CASA Connect, CASA of Kent County’s quarterly newsletter. Click here to view a pdf version of this newsletter.
After many years of service, two of our beloved advocate supervisors, Deb Kammer and Rosemary Allen, will retire from their positions later this year. Please join us in thanking them for their dedication to CASA of Kent County and wishing them well in their next steps!
Leslie wanted to help kids in the foster care system, but fostering wasn’t right for her and her husband. When she discovered she could work with children as an advocate, she “knew this was the next best thing.” She completed CASA training in 2011 and took on three consecutive family court cases.
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