How long have you been a Child Visit Monitor (CVM)?
I have been a CVM since the completion of my training in June, 2018.
What brought you to apply to become a CVM?
For several years I’ve wanted to learn more about CASA and potentially become involved but hadn’t yet made it a priority. Life is busy and there’s always something else competing for your attention! The CVM position was mentioned in a sermon at my church over the summer and it provided awareness of the role as well as the need for volunteers. It is a great intermediate step for those wanting to become involved without the full training or ongoing time commitment of being a full CASA.
Besides being a CVM volunteer, what do you like to do in your spare time?
My wife and I have three boys at home so family time is a priority. I also enjoy playing instruments in various musical groups and cycling both on and off road.
What do you love the most about being a CVM?
The ability to make a measurable difference in the life of a child. For waitlisted kids, there wasn’t anyone to do a cursory evaluation of their living situation, educational progress or emotional status. With this information it can be determined if the child is in need of additional support, and their status is no longer unknown.
And now for a little fun, what’s a hidden talent or unusual fact that most people don’t know about you?
I am currently learning how to ride a unicycle. It is a slow process!