Thursday, Jun 30, 2022
June Volunteer of the Month
Jimmy was sworn-in as a CASA Volunteer in 2021 and is currently serving on his second case with a teenage boy who was the victim of severe medical abuse. Because of the child’s extensive trauma, he struggles with opening up to adults. Jimmy recalls having a difficult time trusting adults when he was a child and knew how important it would be to give the boy space and time to get to know him.
When first appointed to the case, Jimmy and the boy began forming a relationship over playing basketball and making jokes to one another. It took time before Jimmy began asking him anything about his past, as it was important to him that he give the boy an opportunity to “just be a kid.” Jimmy says, “You can’t rush it, especially when you’re working with a child with trust issues.” Now, Jimmy and the boy see each other once a week. They are forming a great relationship and enjoy spending time with one another.
Only around 15% of CASA Volunteers in Adams & Broomfield Counties are male, and Jimmy understands the importance of every child having a positive male role model in their life. He strives to be that person for the young boy.
Jimmy says that as a CASA Volunteer, it’s important to take a step back and look at the whole picture of the child’s life. He says, “You are working to find a balance between what you think is best for the child, what everyone else thinks is best for the child, and what the child thinks is best for the child. You can’t make a judgement call before you understand the full picture.”
Thank you, Jimmy, for your thoughtful approach and for making a difference in the lives of children and families in our community! Congratulations on being our June Volunteer of the Month!