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Ed Long – December 2019 Featured Volunteer
- How long have you been a CASA?
I was sworn in as a CASA on September 5, 2019.
- What brought you to apply to become a CASA?
After I retired from the insurance business, I was looking for ways to give back to the community and to help children in need. I was a middle school teacher when I was in my 20’s and also did have some familiarity with the juvenile court system where I used to live. I was especially interested in helping kids who were in the system through no fault of their own. The CASA program seemed like the perfect match for me. And it would still allow me to enjoy my retirement and do some traveling.
- Besides being a CASA volunteer, what do you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time, I do a lot of reading, keeping up on current events and am a member of a hiking club. I try to work out at the YMCA on a regular basis and also volunteer at my church and the local community radio station, WFHB.
- What do you love the most about being a CASA?
My favorite part of being a CASA are the kids and knowing that I am advocating for them. I also enjoy the many connections with CASA staff and learning about the Bloomington community, since I just moved here in June.
- And now for a little fun, what’s a hidden talent or unusual fact that most people don’t know about you?
One thing that most people don’t know about me is that I was a programmer/disc jockey at a community radio station in Lincoln, Nebraska for about 20 years. I did a weekly 2-hour show featuring folk and acoustic music, which is nowadays sometimes referred to as ‘Americana.’