Monday, Aug 22, 2022
Kim Davis has been a CASA volunteer for just over two years. In that time, she has completely dedicated herself to the advocacy of the ten children she has supported, served, and provided consistency for. We had the chance to sit down with Kim and ask her a few questions about herself and her experiences as a CASA volunteer. Here is what she had to say:
Tell us a little more about yourself.
I am a mom of 4, Nana a 5.5 (my 6th grandbaby is due in January), and a real estate broker in Wagoner, Oklahoma. I love to craft, read, and spend time with my family.
How did you first hear about and get involved with CASA?
I previously fostered and adopted, so when I was no longer able to do that, CASA became the natural next step.
What is it like to be a CASA volunteer?
Being a CASA volunteer is very satisfying. It can be frustrating at times, but overall serves such an important purpose.
What would you tell someone considering becoming a CASA volunteer?
Ask questions. Learn as much as you can about the program from staff and current volunteers.
What has surprised you the most about volunteering with CASA?
I have been most surprised by how I really am able to impact outcomes by providing a voice for the children I serve.
What is the most gratifying/self-rewarding experience you've had as a casa volunteer?
Casa advocates for children, but successful results encompass the whole family. Being a part of that healing is the best!
How have the children that you have work with impacted your life?
I still keep in touch with the families and extended families of the children that I have worked with and gotten to know. It is incredibly gratifying to see the children safe and happy.
What advice do you have for new volunteers?
I am a fan of mentors. Get to know other experienced CASA volunteers and network with them.
More CASA volunteers, like Kim, are needed to advocate for children who enter the child welfare system. Volunteers who will help to ensure these children have the best opportunities to thrive. Are you ready to help? Volunteer today!