CASA of South Central Missouri is about to start the New Year by recruiting “30 Men in 30 Days”—the name of their new campaign. The event will be held at The Locker Room Sports Bar and Grill, hoping to share its mission and goals with eager football fans before the SEC showdown between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Georgia Bulldogs. The ’30 Men’ kick off will begin at 5:30 p.m. and CASA Executive Director, Matthew Evans, encourages everyone to “come for the mission and stay for the game.”

CASA of South Central Missouri is about to start the New Year by recruiting “30 Men in 30 Days”—the name of their new campaign. The event will be held at The Locker Room Sports Bar and Grill, hoping to share its mission and goals with eager football fans before the SEC showdown between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Georgia Bulldogs. The ’30 Men’ kick off will begin at 5:30 p.m. and CASA Executive Director, Matthew Evans, encourages everyone to “come for the mission and stay for the game.”

Although CASA has nearly 100 volunteers in the four counties of service (Maries, Phelps, Pulaski, and Texas), only a small percentage of these volunteers are males. CASA encourages both males and females to sign up for the program, but is responding to recent requests by the courts and youth in foster care to recruit and train more men.

CASA Volunteer Ron Fannin stated the reality.
“Many children in foster care have no positive male role model in their life.” Consequently, the CASA staff has to seriously consider the impact of recruiting and training additional male volunteers.

Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator, Brock Whisler, says the campaign is not designed to exclude female participation, but to share a growing opportunity with males to be a positive impact in a child’s life and in the community. “We have some rock-solid male volunteers, but let’s face it, the ladies are carrying the bulk of the volunteer load at CASA—but we encourage both males and females to sign up in the month of January,” Whistler noted.

Coupled with the need for more male volunteers, CASA hopes to serve more of the older youth in foster care. CASA volunteers are primarily advocates, speaking out for the best interest of a child while in the court system, but they are also mentors, especially when working with older youth.
“Many of the older children are helped by having a CASA volunteer, [who] otherwise would not be as successful,” says CASA Volunteer, Frank Jurotich. As children grow up, the need for self-reliance becomes quickly evident.

Fannin said the most gratifying [part of volunteering] is seeing older children grow, gain confidence and move out into the world.

To all of the males who are considering volunteering with CASA, Jurotich shares, “If you really care about children you can do it. It does not require prior professional training. CASA provides all the training and assistance you need to be successful.”

The next training will begin at the end of January.

Please consider signing up during CASA’s ’30 Men in 30 Days’ campaign in the month of January and join us at Locker Room Sports Bar and Grill at 5:30 PM on Monday, January 8 to learn more about the program. Anyone interested in CASA during the month of January can send us an email at 30Men@casascmo.org or give us a call at 573-426-KIDS (5437).