It’s a hot day, but a beautiful day – not just because the sky is boldly blue and the sun is shining – but because people are shining the light of compassion on their community. And they’re showing that compassion – to children.
Joan Marsden is among those shining her light. She is a volunteer for Child Advocates, an Indianapolis non-profit that provides court-appointed special advocates (CASA) for abused and neglected children. And, on this day, a day when temperatures are in the high 80’s… a day when many, at any age, would prefer the comforts of an air-conditioned home… this 82-year-old volunteer stands out in the sun, to stand up for children.
Joan joins dozens of volunteers handing out free backpacks and school supplies to some 2,000 children at a “Kids Fair.” It’s presented by Child Advocates, the Indiana Department of Child Services and the Children’s Bureau, Inc.
So why is Joan here, giving up a weekend day to volunteer? “I love people. I love to volunteer. We are all a part of this community and today we are giving back,” says Joan.
I just happen to know this dynamic lady. As the former Community Affairs Director at WTHR-TV, I have interviewed Joan before when she was volunteering countless hours at another community service agency.
So, even though I didn’t know Joan would be at the “Kids Fair” this day, I heard this welcoming, kind and energetic voice, saying, “Hello Angela!, as she waved at me from across the event parking lot. And I wasn’t surprised at all when I saw Joan standing there. She has a great big heart for making a difference and having an impact. She has volunteered for organizations for decades. And, neither age nor sweltering temperatures will stop her.
When I ask Joan why she chose Child Advocates as a place to serve, doing work as an event volunteer, she says, “It’s an awesome organization. They give to everyone. They take care of our
children. Child Advocates speaks for children who can’t speak for themselves.”
And Joan Marsden is speaking up for children, too. She urges others to volunteer for Child Advocates. “We need more help!” she says emphatically. “We are reaching out for more volunteers.”
Child Advocates has a big need for more CASA volunteers – court-appointed special advocates – who will be the voice for abused and neglected children in court. You don’t need legal experience. You just need a love for children. A desire to help them know they’re not alone. And a passion for helping change a child’s life.
I am honored to serve as a communications consultant for Child Advocates because I want to share their story of “what matters most.” Our children matter. Wouldn’t you want someone to speak up for you? Please take a moment to learn more about Child Advocates today at www.childadvcoates.net
Our children are waiting.
Angela Cain is an Emmy award-winning former television news anchor/reporter, Community Affairs Director and Director of Public Affairs. She left the corporate world to launch her own small business with a desire to inspire and motivate people to focus on “what matters most” in this beautiful life we’ve been given. Angela Cain Communications shares people’s stories and expert interviews about “what matters most,” including our passions and purpose, family, relationships, health, careers and community. Angela Cain Communications also helps tell the story of “what matters most” to businesses, including nonprofits, through blogs, videos, PR, media and community relations.