Story and photo provided by CASA for Kids
CASA for Kids is pleased to recognize the February Volunteer of the Month, Carol Bennett. Originally from Woodward County, Carol now resides and serves as a CASA in Guthrie.
Carol is active in a number of volunteer areas. She has worked with Girls Scouts, American Cancer Society, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and she serves as a Stephen Minister for her church, Waterloo Road Baptist. She is entering her sixth year as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). In her time with CASA, she has served 15 children on four different cases.
“People can complain about this and that and the system being broken,” Carol said. “But, I thought I can help one person. I decided to light a candle instead of cursing the darkness.”
Carol continues to grow an appreciation for the impact CASA has on the community and considers CASA to be one of the most vital programs in the county. “When we go to court the judge listens to what we say; attorneys will quote our reports,” Carol explained. “What we do is very vital and very needed. The longer I do this, the more I think that is true.”There are CASA chapters all over the country. It is common for a chapter to serve multiple counties. Our local chapter began in Payne County in 1991. It expanded to include Logan County less than five years ago, and has been working hard to increase capacity to serve the community. Carol is one of 21 active volunteers currently making a difference in the lives of Logan County families. If you are interested in joining her, new training groups begin regularly. Call 405-624-2242 or visit casaforkids.org to learn more.