ProKids invited an astonishing 1 in 4 of its CASA Volunteers to a very special National Volunteer Month luncheon, honoring those volunteers who have advocated for abused and neglected children for five years or more.
With 26% percent of its volunteers achieving this milestone, ProKids breaks the standard for volunteerism Board President Bob McMahon told the group. Together, these volunteers have contributed 644 years of service to our community, serving 801 children in 408 families.
ProKids Executive Director Tracy Cook said CASA Volunteers “are the mobilized community” the ProKids mission calls out.
“And you know better than anyone how this work brings every emotion, sometimes all on the same day. Why do you do it?” she asked. “This is a vitally important question for all of us at ProKids. We want to listen to you and learn.”
Each honoree then shared what brought them to ProKids and what keeps them involved. Many talked about their passion for children, their desire to make the community a better place and the way ProKids staff supported them.
They also talked about individual children who they advocated for, and who always had a place in their hearts. “My mother told me about being a CASA Volunteer,” said Margaret Kremer, one of the honorees. “She wanted me to make sure kids had a chance.”