Men at the Mitten: Recruiting Male CASA Volunteers

by | Sep 18, 2023 | News

Did you know that 49% of the children CASA of Kent County serves are boys, but only 14% of volunteers are men? Having a positive male role model can make a big difference in the lives of boys in foster care — especially since most child welfare staff are women. CASA wants to close the gender gap in volunteer representation.

In June, we held our first-ever volunteer recruitment event targeted to men at the Mitten Brewing Company. Current male CASA volunteers gathered with community members to share their experiences as court appointed special advocates. It was a fun evening filled with pizza, drinks, and engaging conversation. Reflecting on the event, CASA volunteer Chad said, “The opportunity to engage with other West Michigan guys that wanted to learn more about our mission, the work and what it takes to play a role was awe-inspiring. It was awesome to have the opportunity to help spread the word in a comfortable, relaxed setting.”

A total of 25 people met to discuss how to improve advocacy for boys in Kent County. Three men have already signed up for CASA volunteer training in September, and we hope others join the November cohort. We are committed to our goal of diverse representation among CASA volunteers to best meet the needs of the children we serve.

If you or someone you know is looking for a way to give back to the community, consider becoming a CASA volunteer.

This article is part of the Fall 2023 edition of CASA Connect, CASA of Kent County’s quarterly newsletter. Click here to view a pdf version of this newsletter. 

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