Meet A Volunteer!
Hi! My name is Alex Fandrich. I joined CASA this year and am currently serving on my first case.
I started my career in pediatric physical therapy. While I am not currently working with kids, I do love working with them, and was looking for a meaningful volunteer opportunity in that area. My girlfriend told me about CASA, and how impactful it was for her adopted sister, and we decided to join the program together.
Volunteering with CASA has really emphasized to me how strong of a role the environment plays in a child’s development, which is something that is, generally speaking, completely out of their control. Being a CASA allows me to not only help advocate for the best environment for the child, but to become a part of that environment. I know that I’ve had so many advantages in my life and CASA gives me the opportunity to be a part of someone else’s life and do everything I can to ensure they are in an environment where they are safe, happy, and can maximize their potential.
Since becoming a CASA Volunteer there have been so many great moments. Even though it’s cheesy to say, the most meaningful moments are the smaller ones where I can see there is a legitimate bond and sense of trust being built. Those moments aren’t always obvious, and every kid expresses themselves differently, so it’s all about getting to know your kiddo, and learning how they show trust.
Thinking about becoming a CASA Volunteer? The important thing to remember is that while CASA is an extremely rewarding experience, it is a big responsibility. You have to put in the effort, but if you truly commit yourself, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better way to positively impact the world around you.
I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to be a CASA Volunteer and if you are even remotely interested in becoming one, please reach out for more info because there are so many deserving kiddos who need you!