Volunteer Spotlight: Why Melissa Truong Warth Continues to Serve
Posted on February 6th, 2020
Fueled by her love for her children and her unmistakable passion for serving her community, CASA Volunteer Melissa Truong Warth chooses each day to serve the children of central Indiana who have experienced abuse and/or neglect.
After volunteering with Child Advocates during the 2016 gift drive, Melissa felt the calling to further serve her community’s children. While sorting presents and helping caregivers pick up gifts for their children just before the holiday, Melissa was in awe of the massive impact the volunteers’ direct actions were having on so many people.
“While volunteering in the warehouse, I was introduced to [many] CASAs and continued to hear about the role. From there, I knew it was an organization I needed to be a part of.”
While it was this experience that first sparked her interest in the work of Child Advocates, it is her own children and the children she meets through her volunteer experience that keep this passion forever burning.
“I tell my own children, as their parents, our most important responsibility is to keep them safe and loved. Everything else falls into place after that. I truly believe that every child deserves to feel like someone is doing everything they can do to keep them safe.”
Melissa feels lucky to meet, learn from, and evolve with the children she encounters as a CASA and is inspired by their inextinguishable light each and every day.
“The children I have had the pleasure to work with are the most incredible, resilient, kind little humans. While I am a part of this chapter in their lives, it warms my heart to see how much they grow.”
Melissa recognizes that there are definite challenges that come with child advocacy. Knowing the hardships that many children have faced, and the adversity that they continue to face while in the child welfare system, sometimes places a very real strain on her heart.
“As a parent, it can be heartbreaking. You try your best to be positive and encouraging for them.”
Despite these emotional challenges, her commitment to advocating for our community’s most vulnerable children never wavers. For her, it is the little moments she shares with the children she advocates for that propels her forward into each new experience.
“When they are excited to see you, share their days, accomplishments and even disappointments… When the smallest children just want you carry them, the preschoolers want to play with your hair, the elementary [kids] share their art and music and the budding teens tell you about their sport interests and idols… You see them being kids.”
If you or someone you know is interested in having your own unique experiences while advocating for Marion County’s children experiencing neglect and abuse, please attend a CASA info-session at Child Advocates. Dates and times can be found here.