CASA of the Mid-Shore cel­e­brates vol­un­teers

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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

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.

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