Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) presented 10 awards to volunteers.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
Monday, February 18
More than 200 volunteers gathered to celebrate 20 years of advocacy for CASA Lake County, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing volunteer advocates for abused and neglected children in Lake County. CASA Executive Director Terri Zenner Greenberg said, “With child abuse on the rise, we are especially grateful to have a team of 276 volunteers. These extraordinary people give their whole hearts to these kids. They sometimes travel 100 miles to visit their CASA children. They are the only ones who meet with their teachers, doctors, therapists and others to make sure their basic needs are met. This event is our chance to thank them on behalf of the innocent children we serve.” Judge Sarah Lessman, who serves in the Robert W. Depke …
CASA volunteer notes the rewards of being a court-appointed advocate for minors.
Six years ago, Libertyville resident Jim Sayre had just retired when he decided to volunteer for a nonprofit called CASA. “I had been in the pharmaceutical industry for most of my life,” he said, explaining how he was immediately attracted to the organization’s mission statement after he first learned about it during a company luncheon. CASA stands for court-appointed special advocate, and Sayre wanted to join its ranks. When a minor is taken from their home because of abuse or neglect, CASA tries to help the child within the juvenile court system. A judge assigns a volunteer who advocates in the child's best interests. While CASA is a national organization, Lake County’s branch is based out of Deerfield and has 225 volunteers serving …