CASA of the Coastal Bend is an organization that aids in the care and advocacy of children in the foster care system. Their mission is “to speak up for and find permanent homes for foster children in crisis throughout Nueces, San Patricio and Aransas counties,” and they have succeeded in helping thousands of abused and neglected children in this area. Because the organization relies mainly on volunteers, help is always being sought.
One of the most important aspects of CASA is its involvement with the local judges and police departments. Captain John Houston of the Corpus Christi Police Department said that often, organizations like CASA are these kids’ only chance at a good life.
“Before CASA, there wasn’t a voice for the children in this city,” Houston said.
There is a big problem with drug and alcohol abuse in this area, and Houston says it’s something that is affecting too many innocent children.
Captain John Houston speaks to others about involvement with organizations like CASA, which helps kids have a good life.
“We as a community have to fix this. What we can do is step up and volunteer to help,” Houston said.
Outreach specialist Samantha Stemplinger said CASA is trying to gain as many passionate volunteers as they can, and that they are hoping to recruit people from a young and diverse demographic, primarily college students and young adults.
“We love having volunteers from all walks of life. All you need is to have a passion for wanting to help children,” Stemplinger said.
Becoming a CASA volunteer is more than just volunteering. It’s pouring into a hurting child and giving a voice to those who cannot defend themselves. The CASA staff is urging the people of Corpus Christi to see the need for volunteers and be willing to lend some of their time to a child in need.
If you are interested in becoming a CASA advocate or volunteering for the organization, contact Outreach Director Diana Booth at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 884-2272 for more information.