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Jim Shelton – July 2019 Featured Volunteer
- How long have you been a CASA?
I have been a CASA for 6 years and 8 months.
- What brought you to apply to become a CASA?
I was a classmate of then-Director, Jill Jolliff, in the Leadership Bloomington Monroe County program and so first learned about CASA. With encouragement from Sandy Garrett and Dave Wright that I would be good at it, I applied and went through the training after I retired.
- Besides being a CASA volunteer, what do you like to do in your spare time?
Since I’m retired, all my time is spare. I keep busy as the County Liaison for the Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the County Redevelopment Commission. I am a member of the CASA Community Engagement Committee and enjoy giving talks about CASA. And I get to the YMCA to walk or lift weights as I can.
- What do you love the most about being a CASA?
I like knowing I’m making a strong contribution to making things better for the families involved in my cases. I like encouraging the parents if they’re trying and I like helping them and the children understand what is going on. I also enjoy working with the CASA staff from whom I’ve learned a lot.
- And now for a little fun, what’s a hidden talent or unusual fact that most people don’t know about you?
I officiate IU Track and Cross Country meets when I can.