Donna Couture wrote -
We are a mother-daughter team hiking the Camino de Santiago. We will begin our six week pilgrimage through Spain in St. Jean Pied de Port in France, and will walk to Finisterre on the coast of Spain (just past the city of Santiago) for a total of 544 miles apiece. We want to use this as an opportunity to bring awareness to a great cause, Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA). My mom, Donna, is currently a CASA and I hope to become one in the near future.
“Every day in this country, 1,900 children become victims of abuse or neglect, and four of them will die. Every day. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children is a network of 933 community-based programs that recruit, train and support citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities. Volunteer advocates—empowered directly by the courts—offer judges the critical information they need to ensure that each child’s rights and needs are being attended to while in foster care.
Volunteers stay with children until they are placed in loving permanent homes. For many abused children, a CASA volunteer is the only constant adult presence in their lives.”
Our goal is to raise $1,000 for our local CASA program. That’s less than $1 per mile, but we need your help! We are making friendship bracelets to give to people we meet along the trail. If you donate, we will send you a bracelet too!
I encourage you to "like" the CASA Association Facebook page and look at the website for more information on how to become a CASA volunteer.
-Donna and Amelia