Please help us congratulate Ray Coffey and Judi Timken on being awarded our Volunteers of the Month for January! We would like to recognize them for continually going above and beyond and thank them for their dedication as their recent case has come to a close.
"The most rewarding aspect has been every time my CASA partner and I would go pick up our CASA kids or would visit them at school they were always excited to see us. On one occasion, I was supposed to meet their mother in the school parking lot behind the school to have her sign some papers. One of our CASA kids was walking out of the school. When he saw me he ran to me full speed with the biggest smile on his face and gave me a big hug. It was at that time and times like this that I knew we were making a difference in their lives." -- Ray Coffey
"I have been asked often about being a CASA volunteer. People are interested in what I do, but are not sure about the commitment. I tell them it is the most rewarding and one of the hardest volunteer jobs. The support of the CASA community is outstanding, you never feel alone as you advocate. I believe that anyone who likes children should look at becoming a CASA volunteer. I also believe that it gives opportunity to continue to be a life-long learner, as you become involved in many agencies as you advocate for your child. I feel that the most important reason to consider being a CASA, is knowing that you make real a difference in the life of a child. You won’t change the world, but you will change the life of a child and that makes the time invested worth it all. Like teaching, a CASA may never know the difference they make, but their commitment to a child does have a life-changing impact on the greatest resource our world has, our children. My question is, “Who wouldn’t want to change this world, one child at a time?” -- Judi Timken
Congratulations and Thank you to Dolly Gudder!
Dolly lives in Manhattan KS and has been a CASA Volunteer for 3 years.
"It has been my pleasure to supervise Dolly since her certification with Sunflower CASA Project, Inc. in May 2012. Dolly has served two cases, one case that went adoption, and one informal case involving two children who remained in their home. Dolly is an outstanding CASA. She is consistent, reliable, dependable, and compassionate. Dolly formed a lasting impression on her first case, and is still in contact with the family and child following the adoption hearing. Her second case just ended in January and when I asked her when she would be ready to take on another case she asked for “…about a week’s break, if possible”, and just recently accepted a new case. Dolly is always up for a challenge, and diligent in her advocacy. We are lucky to have her as part of our CASA team!" -Jennifer Anguiano, LBSW Advocate Supervisor