Today was my meeting at the CASA office to discuss the AmeriCorps position. Talking with the Executive Director was like a breath of fresh air! They are totally flexible with my work schedule and if I need to take off because we get a placement. I will actually be starting next week, and will bank the hours so that I have time to take off during the year of service.
AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) is a program started by JFK in 1965 to fight poverty in low-income communities with year-long commitments from Americans of all walks of life. I start next week developing (ie: marketing) and supporting (ie: fundraising) the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program. I am so excited to learn more about the non-profit side of the world and help this program that does wonderful things for children every day!
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA, or Guardians ad litem) volunteer nationwide to provide children with a safe and healthy environment in permanent homes. If you have children in foster care or have been in care you probably know the far reach of this nationwide program.
VISTA members support the program’s purpose through three primary objectives: 1) encouraging volunteer service at the local level, 2) generating the commitment of private sector resources, and 3) strengthening local agencies and organizations that serve low-income communities. There are currently over 5,000 VISTA members serving in over 1,000 projects throughout the nation.
I am excited to start this new job and I can’t wait to see where the next year will lead me!