To the Editor:
There are many ways to give back to one’s community including engaging in careers of service, volunteering, donating to causes, participating in community events and generally being aware of issues and resources in the community. Since I started in my new role with Grant-Harney County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), I have frequently heard that in the small communities we serve, the same individuals and businesses are asked repeatedly to volunteer with and donate to all of the various events and organizations in the area. This is because in many ways our counties have a higher need for services than ever before. In 2011, there were 45 children in the state’s care in our program’s jurisdiction, and the number has risen to 76 today. Yet, we have even more limited resources to provide these services to each child in need. The commitment of so many people to contribute to the health and well-being of our communities, regardless of these challenges, is inspiring and one reason rural communities remain so strong. Without the support of our advocates, volunteer board members, donors, professional community partners and event volunteers, sponsors and participants, we would not be able to do the work we do advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the court system. Moreover, we know that we are just one of the many recipients of the ways you give to your community. As I pause and reflect this Thanksgiving season, this gives me a deep sense of gratitude for my community.
Grant-Harney County CASA