Tuesday, March 10, 2015

For a Good Cause

Years ago my sister, mother of three children, started donating her time to CASA, working with a young girl whose parents were unable to care for her properly. Here’s what the CASA website says about its mission: “Every day in this country, 1,900 children become victims of abuse or neglect, and four of them will die. Every day. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children is a network of 951 community-based programs that recruit, train and support citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities. Volunteer advocates—empowered directly by the courts—offer judges the critical information they need to ensure that each child’s rights and needs are being attended to while in foster care.”

Fast forward to last spring when I went on safari in Africa with a lively group of people. Four of them had retired to the panhandle section of West Virginia and were all on the board of their district’s CASA. As board members they work hard to raise money for CASA because West Virginia is the only state of the union that does not have a line item to fun this children’s advocacy system.

All of them had read my first two books and asked if I would consider being a part of their fundraising effort. I was delighted to do so. In May I will be attending several fundraising events that not only raise money for CASA but for their country library. One of the fun things they are doing is auctioning off the chance to be a character in my next book. The winner gets to choose whether or he or she wants to be a villain, a hero, or just folks.

To buy a chance costs only $10, and the money will go for a wonderful cause. I’d appreciate it if some of my readers would help these hard-working board members raise money for a good cause. Here’s the link:

1 comment:

Marilyn Schoon, said...

Thanks so much, Terry. I hope many of your fans will help us out.