CASA of the Mid-Shore celebrates volunteers
EASTON — On April 5, with both National Volunteer Appreciation Month and National Child Abuse Prevention Month as a backdrop, CASA of the Mid-Shore thanked the many Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers from Talbot, Dorchester, Queen Anne’s, and Kent counties who stand against child abuse and take action by advocating for maltreated children. CASA’s Board of Directors, staff and many volunteers gathered at Out of the Fire Restaurant to enjoy an informal evening of camaraderie and delicious cuisine.
In keeping with the combined themes of child abuse prevention and volunteer appreciation, each guest was presented with a blue pinwheel, the national symbol for child abuse prevention. Reflecting hope, health and safety, the pinwheels mirror CASA’s own goals of protecting and advocating for every child’s right to a safe, permanent home. This uplifting symbol of childhood represents the importance of the health and safety of our children. When children do not have opportunities for healthy growth and development, the future of our communities is at risk.
In addressing CASA of the Mid-Shore’s volunteers during the reception, Executive Director Robin Davenport applauded their efforts and thanked them for their service to vulnerable children. She shared A Prayer for Children by Ina Hughs, part of which describes those children “who have no safe blanket to drag behind, who can’t find any bread to steal, whose pictures aren’t on anybody’s dresser, whose monsters are real.”
Davenport emphasized, “We focus on making a positive difference for one child at a time, centering on hope and unrealized potential. Notwithstanding the increasingly horrendous daily news that seems to greet us many mornings, our work at CASA proves that we have the capacity to make a difference in our communities. What better way to positively impact the future than to empower the life of a child? It is this belief – that we can make a difference – that continues to serve as the foundation of our CASA of the Mid-Shore.”
Local judges remark that they rely deeply on CASA volunteers for a compassionate and thorough analysis of the child’s situation. At a recent swearing-in of new CASA volunteers in the Queen Anne’s County Circuit Court, Judge Thomas G. Ross said CASA volunteers are his heroes. Magistrate Jean D. Meta agreed with the judge and remarked on the importance of CASA’s voice in difficult cases.
To learn more about or to support CASA of the MidShore, call 410-822-2866, ext. 6, or visit www.casamid shore.org.
CASA of the Mid-Shore volunteers, Board of Directors, staff and friends recognize Volunteer Appreciation Month and National Child Abuse Prevention Month at Easton’s Out of the Fire Restaurant.