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Service Learning Opportunity around town – CASA

8 Oct

CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates – For Children.

What it is all about

CASA trains community volunteers to advocate, be “the voice,” of neglected and abused children in the court system. Volunteers go through a training program in order to become an advocate and have to fulfill certain requirements before even applying.

Meet requirements, volunteer

You have to be at least 21 years of age, have your own vehicle and be able to keep information confidential. Volunteers have to commit for a minimum of 18 months, this could take care of multiple service learning requirements for different classes if they let you use this more than once. There are a lot more requirements, so please go to their website for more information.

Who should volunteer

I think this would be a great opportunity for anyone who is going into law fields to see what all goes into a case. People with an interest in social work could also use this as a learning opportunity.

Most of all, if you volunteer you need to have the right mindset. These are kids that have seen the worst one person could imagine and in a way have been through hell. They don’t need you to analyze them, they need someone who truly tried to understand what they have been through and can speak for them in a way they are unable to do. This is not an easy task to do and not everyone is cut out for it. But if you are that one person, who can, then help these kids and help CASA because they need volunteers.

Service Learning Opportunities around town – Hemi Lighted Forest of Hope

8 Oct

Project hits close to home

The first service learning opportunity I want to get your attention to is the Hemi Lighted Forest of Hope.

If you have been at the college for a while, you might have had a chance to read my column, “You define yourself, not your disease.” Yes, this project is close to my heart because in many ways I am one of these kids. I got lucky in a way, because I have been seizure free for over 20 years. But it can come back at any point, having this in the back of my mind, and as a mother now, it scares me more than ever.

Get out there, help

The time is getting close for Papa Kelley to put up the lights again, get out the extension courts and get the Hemi Forest ready. I know for a fact, he will appreciate anyone that is willing to come by and help. Over 600 trees need to have lights and the corresponding extension cords.

Even if you just come by for an hour, anything will help. Soon the lights will go up and around March everything will come back down. So there are plenty of opportunities to get some service learning time in.

Visit once, return for more

Do what the students from Human Services did in the spring and spent some time with the Kelley’s in the forest, learn what it is all about and later come back to bring your friends.

Donations are always welcome at the Hemi Forest, after all it supports the Hemispherectomy Foundation and kids around the world.