TIFTON — Coastal Plain CASA’s 4th Annual Volunteer Appreciation and Recruitment Dinner is scheduled for Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. at the Springhill County Club.
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) volunteers work to help foster care children find safe, permanent homes where they can thrive, according to Coastal Plain CASA advocacy coordinator Julie Mitcham.
“Each volunteer advocate is specially trained to be a powerful voice for these children’s best interests,” Mitcham said in an email. “They are ordinary people who do extraordinary things for some of our community’s most vulnerable children.”
Coastal Plain CASA, Inc. serves the Tifton Judicial Circuit which is made up of Worth County, Irwin County, Turner County and Tift County. Coastal Plain CASA, Inc. began in 2000.
“This is an event to show how much CASA volunteers are appreciated and praised for their time and energy they spend to advocate for children in foster care,” Mitcham said. “Coastal Plain CASA currently has 48 active volunteers who have been trained and sworn in under oath in order to advocate for a child or sibling group in foster care. There are currently 203 children in foster care in the Tifton Judicial Circuit. The need for CASA volunteers is huge.”
The guest speaker for the evening will be the current reigning Miss Georgia, Victoria Hill, who was crowned Miss America 2020 runner-up and won the talent portion in Miss America 2020.
Hill’s social impact initiative is “Flip the Script on Foster Care.” She aims to raise awareness on the number of children currently in the system by getting businesses and organizations involved, as well as creating mentoring and advocacy programs like CASA.
This free event is also an opportunity for anyone in the community to come and learn more about CASA, volunteering and how monumental having a volunteer is in the life of a child in foster care.
“It will be a great time to enjoy a catered dinner, mingle with current volunteers, ask questions and hear wonderful speakers,” Mitcham said.
Limited seating will be available to 150 tickets and registration is required.
Learn more about the CASA program at www.cpcasa.org.