On Monday, August 5th, we celebrated the swear in of our 100th ACTIVE VOLUNTEER! During Savannah/Chatham CASA's 28 years of operation we have sworn in hundreds of volunteers but we have remained under the 100 active volunteers threshold due to attrition. As any volunteer driven organization experiences, volunteers leave our program for a number of reasons such as a new job, moving to a new community, life changes. etc. But in 2019, the Savannah/Chatham CASA staff rededicated themselves to retaining and training more volunteers than ever before. In just 8 short months, we have sworn in 36 new volunteers while only having 7 volunteers leave the program.
Due to the tireless efforts of staff and the renewed commitment of our wonderful volunteers, we now have 104 active volunteers. As the staff and volunteers work to reach our goal of serving 100 percent of children in foster care by 2021, recruitment of new volunteers will remain a priority. Currently, we serve 48 percent of the children in care, so we will need to nearly double our number of volunteers to ensure that every child experiencing foster care has a Court Appointed Special Advocate in their corner.
We want to welcome the newest group of CASA volunteers - Oliver Braun, Terry Danhof, Debra DeMilto, DeSharon Frazier, Carol Gerrin, Katie Griffith, Jane Levy, Jennifer McCarthy, Linda Johnson, and Gamu Postell.
And DeSharon Frazier became our 100th active volunteer!
A special thank you to Commissioner Jay Jones and DFCS Director, Shawn Brown, and many attorneys who came out to support our newest CASA volunteers.
Check out the pictures below from our swear in.