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Lisa Abbott – August 2018 Featured Volunteer
- How long have you been a CASA?
I have been a CASA for one year.
- What brought you to apply to become a CASA?
I have been interested in CASA since I helped organize the first Playhouse Raffle (and sold the winning ticket). But, I really wanted to become a CASA to be a voice for children in need. As a mom and a community volunteer, I have seen how important it is for a child to have someone in their corner. I was in a place in my life where I could commit and try to make a difference.
- Besides being a CASA advocate, what do you like to do in your spare time?
Spare time? What’s that? If I have spare time, I usually fill it. I am also on the Area 10 Agency on Aging Board of Directors. Area 10 is on the other end of the age spectrum, but also an incredibly worthwhile organization. I also teach a class on Community Development for IU’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs program. Mostly, I just enjoy hanging with my husband Steve. My sons live far away, but I enjoy catching up with them during our weekly Skype session.
- What do you love the most about being a CASA?
My current CASA child is amazing and I enjoy watching her little face light up. I am grateful to be part of a team that is helping someone get their life back on track. I can appreciate that in some small way I am helping this family move forward. Sometimes it is really hard, but it is also very satisfying to be doing something positive when there is just so much negativity surrounding us.
- And now for a little fun, what’s a hidden talent or unusual fact that most people don’t know about you?
I always think of myself as being pretty ordinary, but if I have a hidden talent it might be that I’m a good baker. Although, it isn’t that hidden because my former co-workers spent years consuming a lot of my baking!