I have been reading the book “Heroes Wanted” by Rodney D. Bullard. He was a keynote speaker at the National CASA Conference that was held in Boston during 2018. He writes about how we have far more to offer others than we have ever dreamed possible. We can each be a hero in our own way. Bullard says, “Heroes look at the harshest difficulties and are compelled by the deepest love to act. They shift their focus from problems that appear insurmountable to solutions that are personal. And the best of heroes invite others to join them to make a difference.” This made me think of all of you who have made the commitment to be a Court Appointed Special Advocate.
Our job to work with abused and neglected children is a calling that requires much love, concern, and hard work. It is emotionally demanding and very often can test our abilities and reasoning skills. There are times when you are called to do extraordinary things and your actions can be called heroic because they change a situation, circumstance, and even a life. One person can make that difference.
Another quote from the book that touched me is, “When heroes have no guarantees of the outcome, they set up and step out anyway, willing to do so without knowing the end of the story.” That is exactly what you do. We never know how the case will end and yet you all work hard to find the best outcome for the child.
National Volunteer Week
National Volunteer Week is April 19th – 25th and we want each one of you to know that you are our heroes. As CASA Volunteer Coordinators, we know the impact you have on a case. We wish there was a way that we could give back to you the love and appreciation that you each deserve. Thank you for being a hero on your case, especially when you don't feel like you are making a difference. We are here to tell you that you are! And thank you for being a hero to the child you work with. They may not say it, but they will always remember the way you make them feel. The world needs more heroes like you! Thank you for your efforts in behalf of the children of Utah.