HOPE Moves CASA of the Mid-Shore Forward

With National Volunteer Appreciation Month and National Child Abuse Prevention Month as a backdrop, CASA of the Mid-Shore creatively and safely thanked the many Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers from Talbot, Dorchester, Queen Anne’s, and Kent Counties who stand against child abuse and take action by advocating for maltreated children. Wearing masks and practicing social distancing, CASA’s staff greeted CASA volunteers at outside locations to provide ‘to-go’ gourmet lunches, beautifully prepared by Gourmet by the Bay.
Recognizing the many challenges posed by COVID-19, Executive Director Robin Davenport and the CASA staff acknowledged the tenacity, optimism, and perseverance of each Court Appointed Special Advocate. Davenport thanked the CASA volunteers for striving to make the world safer, more loving, and better for local children. She reminded the CASAs that their consistent presence, whether virtual or in-person, tells children that CASA of the Mid-Shore hopes to improve their life stories.
Each CASA volunteer embraced CASA of the Mid-Shore’s 2021 theme, HOPE MOVES US FORWARD, by writing a message of hope on a poster and posing for a photograph. The photographs will be compiled into a montage of hopeful thoughts in a video to be released in May of 2021.
Reminding the community that National Volunteer Appreciation Month provides an opportunity to celebrate the power of the individual to spark change and improve the world, Davenport states, “COVID-19 has changed so much for so many. One thing that has not changed is our consistent advocacy for vulnerable children. For the second year in a row the pandemic prevents us from holding an in-person event to raise essential funds. Nonetheless, our work goes on, and we need financial support.” She encourages community members to support CASA of the Mid-Shore through tax-deductible donations before this fiscal year ends on June 30th.
CASA of the Mid-Shore’s mission is to provide Court Appointed Special Advocates to children who are under court protection due to abuse, neglect, abandonment, or their parents’ inability to safely care for them. To support this nonprofit organization, please visit www.casamidshore.org.