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Ashley Mann – February 2020 Featured Volunteer
- How long have you been a CASA?
I have been a CASA volunteer since 2018.
- What brought you to apply to become a CASA?
Volunteering has always been a big part of my life. When I became a mother in 2012, my ability to volunteer was severely limited. Once my son started first grade, I wanted to get back into volunteering somewhere in the community. I decided I didn’t plan on having any more of my own children, but I knew I had plenty of room inside for the love and protection of other children. I remember hearing the shocking statistics of the number of children in the juvenile court system in Indiana and I decided that was where I wanted to focus when I returned to volunteering.
- Besides being a CASA volunteer, what do you like to do in your spare time?
I’m a single mother, so honestly, I don’t have too much spare time. My son and I love going to museums, watching basketball and soccer games, and playing board and card games. I also serve as the philanthropy coordinator for my son’s cub scout pack. I’m a big fan of the outdoors, no matter the season, so I very much enjoy hiking, camping, and bicycling. When I do get a few free moments here and there, I love to read!
- What do you love the most about being a CASA?
Seeing my kids understand that there are people who care about them and are there for them.
- And now for a little fun, what’s a hidden talent or unusual fact that most people don’t know about you?
I was classically trained on the piano as a kid for many years, but I have absolutely no desire or passion to play!