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CASA Adds 15 More Volunteers 2/15/18  02/27/18 2:42:27 PM Printer Friendly VersionPrinter Friendly Version

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CASA Adds 15 More Volunteers
The largest class ever of CASA volunteers ­– 15 – were sworn in Friday at the organization’s facility at 24th and St. Mary’s Ave. They will now serve as court appointed special advocates for children impacted by the justice system. The new volunteers, the first of the new year, completed 30 hours of training over a five week period. Juvenile Court Judge Elizabeth Crnkovich administered the oath. This new cadre of volunteers brings CASA for Douglas County closer to the ideal of one CASA for every family. “CASA gives each family a chance to succeed,” Crnkovich said. “They volunteers serve as an extra set of eyes and ears.” Executive Director Kim Thomas said that the next class – 20 volunteers – will begin training on February 27. “We even had two board members go through the training. We redesigned it this year to train groups and have a celebration like this one when they complete training.”
The new CASAs are: Samantha “Sam” Khalil, Tara Swanson, Jennay Vacek, Joscelyn Baines, William “Howard” Surber Jr., MaryLee Moulton, Chad Couillard, Carol Sayers, Phillip Brown, Donna Walker, Thomas Smith, Angela “Angie” Siebert, Ann Mausbach, Matthew Nygaard and Sandi Sawyer.
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