CASA Lake County


About CASA Lake County

 

Our mission is to serve as an advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in juvenile court.

CASAs act as the eyes and ears of the judge, and the voice of the child. As trained advocates, CASA volunteers are appointed by the judge to gather information about the child and provide the court with reports and recommendations regarding the child’s “best interests.”

Advocates for children are needed on an ongoing basis! Every year more than half a million abused and neglected children are part of a child welfare system that is complex, overburdened and slow.

Thorough training is provided (40 hours over 6 weeks), and both evening and daytime training options are available. Every advocate is supervised and guided by an Advocate Manager. On average, advocates invest around 10-15 hours/month on their cases. A 2 year commitment (or, ideally, for the life of the case) is requested.

Current Opportunities at CASA Lake County

Senior Connections Volunteer

Make a difference in someone’s life through friendly visiting for one hour a week in the adult’s home. Our Senior Connections Program is a friendly visiting program that pairs isolated adults in Evanston and neighboring communities with caring volunteers from the community. As a visitor, you meet with your new friend weekly to go for walk, sit and talk, enjoy a cup of coffee or tea together, or even go out to eat or shopping. Visiting volunteers must be at least 18 years old.

 

Type: Ongoing Opportunity
Good For: People Over 16

Event Volunteers

Throughout the year, Argentium Care has several significant events for donors, volunteers, care recipients and friends. These events include fundraisers and luncheons. These episodic opportunities allow volunteers to get involved as little or as much as time allows.

 

Type: Ongoing Opportunity
Good For: People Over 16

Tech Assistance for Seniors

Argentium Care volunteers lead a monthly drop-in technology class for older adults at the Evanston Public Library (Main Library, 1703 Orrington Ave.) Volunteers are needed to assist adults in the class from 11:00am-1:00pm, on the third Thursday of the month. There are usually up to 25 people seeking assistance with tech support for their cell phones (Apple and Android), tablets, laptops (Apple and PC), and other tech devices. We currently have a long-time volunteer lead, who supports the other volunteers. This is a great opportunity for undergrad and grad students, recent retirees, and anyone with excellent tech skills to help out their community two hours a month.

 

Type: Ongoing Opportunity
Good For: People Over 16

Wellbeing Caller

Wellbeing caller volunteers reach out to isolated older adults, via phone calls, to help alleviate loneliness and isolation by providing personal connection, and to provide information on community resources as appropriate. Volunteers will call the same adults every week, so consistent attendance is a must. Training and a standardized script is provided and calls are generally kept to 10 minutes. Volunteers are expected to write clear notes about calls, particularly about issues that may arise, any referrals given, and to always follow up on any previously discussed issues in the next call. Time commitment is 1-2 hours a week for a total of 8 hours a month. Callers must be atleast 18 years.

 

Type: Ongoing Opportunity
Good For: People Over 16

Volunteer Court Advocate

Court Advocates for abused and neglected children are needed on an ongoing basis.

CASA volunteers are appointed by the judge to gather information about the child and provide the court with reports and recommendations regarding the child’s “best interests.”

Thorough training is provided (40 hours over 6 weeks) evening and daytime training options are available. Every advocate is supervised and guided by an Advocate Manager. On average, advocates invest around 10-15 hours/month on their cases. A 2 year commitment (or, ideally, for the life of the case) is requested.

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