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Natalia Galvan – April 2021 Featured Volunteer
- How long have you been a CASA?
I was part of the Spring class of 2018. But, fun fact, I was first trained as a CASA in Porter County and served there for many years because I was not allowed to join when I was in undergrad at IU (since you had to be 21 for a full year). I am currently serving on the CASA Steering Committee for Inclusion and Diversity and will likely be reaching out to many of our CASA volunteers soon.
- What brought you to apply to become a CASA?
Byron Turner! I was on a month break from the Liz Watson race in between the primary and general cycle, and Byron told me that there were 50 children on the CASA waiting list and that they needed me. I just wanted to learn more about fundraising for CASA, but I decided to jump in and get trained here in Monroe County.
- Besides being a CASA volunteer, what do you like to do in your spare time?
I am pretty much a full-time volunteer for the Democratic party in our community. I am the 9th District Chair for the Indiana Latino Democratic Caucus, serve on the executive board of Monroe County NOW, serve on many steering committees and work on many grassroots efforts. I also like to compete with Pinterest during my free time and love FARM.
- What do you love the most about being a CASA?
I love the mission and the cause. I love the moments when everything clicks, and you know that you are in the right place. Or when my little toddler CASA child gives me a big smile and I melt!
- And now for a little fun, what’s a hidden talent or unusual fact that most people don’t know about you?
One of the first fan letters I have ever written was to a producer named Tom Fontana. As a 9-year old, I loved “Homicide: Life on the Street” and had thoughts for him and Barry Levinson on how they could improve their ratings because I was afraid the show would get cancelled. Tom wrote me a beautiful, thoughtful handwritten letter, and it is framed in my living room.