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Why Be A CASA?

                                 In Their Own Words

Ron Hocking

Positive Impact

I have been a CASA since completing training at the end of April 2017 and received my first case at that time. I became a CASA following our move to Terre Haute from Nebraska. I had been thinking about various ways that I could contribute to our new community.  I am a retired school teacher and have always enjoyed working with your.  I read several newspaper articles and followed a variety of news releases focusing on the Vigo County CASA program.  I discussed my interest with veteran CASA volunteer, Bill Jenkins.  He invited me to an “open house” meeting where I was able to visit with staff and learn more about becoming a volunteer.


So far my greatest difficulty being a CASA has been getting to used to the long delays that frequently occur when waiting to attend a hearing. However, I am now beginning my third case and greatly enjoy my role as a CASA volunteer and I firmly believe that all CASA volunteers are making a positive impact on the lives of children.

Kathleen Lammert

A miracle and a gift

I will celebrate CASA anniversary October of 2 years.  My reasoning to becoming a CASA is that I have been a mother for 22 years.  I struggled with infertility and pregnancy loss so I see every child as a miracle and gift to this world.  My oldest son bought a house and had already moved out and my youngest son was graduating High School getting ready to move out on his own.  I was struggling with the empty nest! My friend kept telling me I should be a CASA because CASA children need adults that care about them.  My sons have been the greatest joy in my life and I felt I still had so much to give to children.

The hardest part of being a CASA is I have seven children with three cases so far.  My biggest struggle is seeing the indifference of parents toward their children.  The actions of the parents do not reflect the empty words they are saying in team meetings.  I struggle with adults not realizing what a miracle each one of these children are.  The hardest thing for me is the look on a 5 year face when their parents miss a visit.  It may only last for a second, but it is there.  They quickly replace it with a smile, but it breaks my heart to see them suffer so much pain at such a young age.


I have remained a CASA volunteer, well, Oh my gosh, definitely because the children need us!  These children have seen and lived through some difficult situations that adults would have a hard time handling.  When I go to visit my kids, I can see it in their faces that they are glad to see me.  It means so much to them that someone WANTS to spend time with them, talk to them, play games, ask them about things they like to do or talk about things they want to talk about.  If I can bring them a few moments of happiness in a life filled with sadness, it is worth it a thousand times over.


 I would like to just encourage family, friends, co-workers, anyone to get involved.  If you have even been thinking about CASA—sign up.  Being a CASA is about being the voice of a child, but what you don’t expect is the love you get in return.

Nancy Edwards

The Need

I have been a CASA with Vigo County for 2 years. Before becoming a CASA I wasn't sure what to expect but  I soon learned it’s much, MUCH MORE! Keeping records, gathering information, going to court-high expectations for volunteers! But it’s good to make a difference in a child’s life, when possible. I decided to become a CASA because I am a retired teacher and felt my background would be helpful, and there clearly is a huge need.


The hardest thing for me to deal with being a CASA is dealing with non-compliant parents and their not understanding how their actions affect the child. Even so, I remain a CASA because the need just keeps increasing.

Randall Johnson

"Planting Seeds"

I have been a CASA volunteer for Vigo County CASA for 3 plus years. I decided to be a volunteer after having worked in the corrections field for 20 plus years, I realized that many of the people incarcerated had no one looking out for their best interest when their family had problems. It takes a village to raise a child and they had none. It was time for me to step up and lend a hand up.


The most difficult obstacle for me to overcome in my time as a CASA is the reality of the overwhelming need in our village. Because of that I continue on as a CASA, plus in my heart I know this is the most important work  of my life, giving hope to others.

I'd like for others to know that being a CASA is like being a gardener, we plant seeds of hope and watch them grow and someday there will be a harvest. Be brave and speak boldly for the child. 

June Edington

When the Right Things Happen

It will be 7 years in July, 2018 that I have been a CASA with Vigo County. I read an article in the paper about the needs for CASA Volunteers. I also volunteered in the kindergarten class at Terre Town Elementary School. There I witnessed a lot of children who needed services. The hardest part of being a CASA volunteer is trying not to get emotionally involved and it is practically impossible not to get involved when you see the children and their circumstances.  But I always remind myself that its okay to take a break after a tough case.If you cannot take care of yourself you cannot take care of your children!


I remain a volunteer because Vigo County is my town, my territory, and my home, this is where I am needed. I also love the stuff! I do it for the children! With some of the cases I have had many sleepless nights but it is all worth it at the end, when the right things happen it is a beautiful thing. I have been blessed that I have had many of the right things happen. The CASA program is something that is very important to our children and community and the children of our community desperately need more CASAs.

Mary Cannarecci

Making A Difference

After taking fall semester off to volunteer at various non-profits, I began training to become  a CASA in January 2013. After retiring from 12 years of teaching math at Gibault I knew I wanted to volunteer with children.  I attended an information session at the library and CASA seemed to be a way to use my experiences to help these children. The fact that the adults in many of my cases want to be "right"  without concern for the best interest of the children. I remain a volunteer with CASA of Vigo County because of the CHILDREN!  Their smiles, their hugs, their laughter, their sharing report cards.  It is all about the kids.

 John F. Kennedy said, "One person can make a difference, and everyone should try."  I hope that I can make a difference in these children's lives.



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