Wednesday, October 8, 2003
Sandy McIsaac succeeded Becca Sanders in August in leading CASA, a volunteer-based agency that stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. Sanders returned to school after guiding CASA for two years.
CASA volunteers look out for the interests of children who become involved in the court system because of abuse or neglect or when parents are charged with crimes.
“The role of the CASA volunteer is to keep the focus on the child,” said McIsaac, who formerly worked as a team leader for Sprint Communications, and for Innovative Compositie Engineering in Bingen as operations manager.
“This job (CASA) is definitely more for me. I have the ability to make a difference, every day,” McIsaac said. “I look for ways to make a difference, whether I’m working with the children or the volunteers, our funders, or in meetings with other officials as we talk about families that may be coming up and needing our services.”
McIsaac, who had been a CASA volunteer for seven months, is completing her last case as a volunteer, and overseeing a revised volunteer training program. Each volunteer can be given what she calls “customized” training, courtesy of trainer Pat Neal. Anyone interested may call CASA, which is administered by The Next Door, Inc., at 386-8447.
Being a CASA volunteer involves a long-term commitment, since continuity of an adult advocate is critical to helping children while they are involved in the court process.
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