It's a wonderful feeling to know that you're acting on the children's behalf. You are their advocate. When people tell me they don't think they could be a CASA volunteer, I tell them it's the most rewarding volunteer job I have ever done. And I don't find it difficult at all. There's a lot to learn, but it's easy to learn, and once you get into it you learn as you go. The CASA supervisors and administrators always have an answer for you, so it makes for smooth sailing. All I've got to do is send an email or pick up the phone when I have a question.
Kids know when you're pretending and when you're serious, so as a CASA volunteer I have to be engaged, because I want those kids to know that someone is really trying to help. So many people have walked out on them. And when they understand that I care, that's what I get the most gratification from. I would say this is the most noteworthy thing I've ever done. That's why I'm a fierce advocate.