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Alayna Gray – May 2019 Featured Volunteer
- How long have you been a CASA?
I have been a CASA since March of 2018 and have just recently started my second case.
- What brought you to apply to become a CASA?
During college I volunteered with the children’s program at Middle Way House which instilled a desire in me to do more to be a voice for children. Since that time, as a teacher and school administrator I frequently worked with children who were in need of services but my role did not always allow me to be the active participant in the process that I wanted. Nearly 30 years later, I was finally able to take the training, and I’m so very thankful that I did.
- Besides being a CASA volunteer, what do you like to do in your spare time?
Being married to a coach and having two children involved in athletics, my free time is often spent in bleachers cheering them on! I love to bake and make candy, and I’m also doing a little dabbling in genealogy. Locally, I have been involved in the Auxiliary to the Boys and Girls Club, and I’m currently an active member of Tri Kappa, a philanthropic organization that promotes charity, culture and education.
- What do you love the most about being a CASA?
I love being able to make a connection with the children and for them to know that I am by their side wherever their situation leads.
- And now for a little fun, what’s a hidden talent or unusual fact that most people don’t know about you?
I have a varying range of interests…..a great example of this would be that I watch Antiques Roadshow every Monday night and I am also a huge fan of the band KISS (I got to meet them a few years ago!).