Changing our World
My grandparents obtained custody of my sister and me as toddlers. Under their influence I have always been made aware of those who have less, and struggle. It is a natural response now for me to go above expectations, to help and serve others. Through my school years, into an initial career choice of ministry, through specific needs/issues and supporting the non-profits that are making our world better… I am proud of my continued service to others in my world hoping to change our world collectively.
Here are some of the various ways that I have given my time, energy, and resources. (Please note: If a logo is available please Clickthru and learn more about each.)
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a national association in the United States that supports and promotes court-appointed advocates for abused or neglected children in order to provide children with a safe and healthy environment in permanent homes.
The CASA is a volunteer who need not be an attorney, whose role is to gather information and make recommendations to the judge, while the Guardian ad litem is an attorney whose role is to represent the child’slegal interests.
According to National CASA Association, today there are more than 70,000 advocates serving in nearly 1,000 state and local program offices nationwide. Because of these volunteers, each year nearly a quarter of a million children are assisted through CASA services.
I was a staff member in the role of Outreach and Recruitment Specialist, and assisted our Executive Director with development, special events, marketing, legislative public policy, and thecreation of HALO Society, a support group to CASA, and the families they serve, made up of local professionals.
I am licensed for child adoption (non active).
Texas CASA’s mission is to support local CASA volunteer advocacy programs and to advocate for effective public policy for children in the child protection system. “Every Child Has a Chance…it’s you!”
I served Texas CASA and specific designated programs as an independent (non-employee) Contracted Consultant as a Volunteer Management Specialist and Coach for the recruitment and retention, of more Advocates to volunteer statewide.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving ( MADD) https://www.madd.org/southeast-texas/
MADD was incorporated on September 5, 1980, the mission or purposes of MADD as stated in its Articles of Incorporation were “To aid the victims of crimes performed by individuals driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, to aid the families of such victims and to increase public awareness of the problem of drinking and drugged driving.”
I served on staff as the S.E. Texas Regional Coordinator of Community & Volunteer Resources for this 10 county region.
Jewels for a Jewel – Adding the new step for abused women
I created this new “step” to the process of when an abused woman escapes her horrible home and makes it to a shelter…any shelter all over the United States. Many of these victims escape with nothing. Barely the clothes on their backs. No belongings.
It is a simple, available resource in every town. This “party” is done in homes, or offices, or any gathering. Women are invited and encouraged to go through their jewelry box and separate out the pieces of jewelry ( earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings, watches, pins, brooches, etc. etc.) that are not broken, damaged. Bringing this jewelry to the party these pieces are separated and bagged as sets, or individually, and labeled “Jewels for a Jewel…because you are one!”. Women everywhere have thousands…literally…of pieces of jewelry that they have not worn in years and jewelry that is NOT sentimental.
So, when the abused woman enters care they are told, as usual, “come over here and here are some toiletries and care items. And here is some clothing for you.” We then can help them add, “ And come over here and please choose some jewelry. Would you like a pin, a watch, some earrings, a couple of necklaces…whatever you want to remind you that you are A Jewel!” (website under construction.)
Parties have been held in Sugar Land (Houston), Fort Worth, Austin, Dallas, and San Diego.
While working at CASA of Tarrant County, I was very involved and active through the FWMBCC in outreach and connections. I served as a volunteer member on various committees, luncheons, and special events. I also participated in a diversity presentation. I was surprised when I helped plan and orchestrate their annual Community Awards luncheon and was presented with the “He Soars With Eagles” (their highest award) for the work I did for the African American children of Ft. Worth. Also participated in various events, and the Juneteenth Parade.
Through my church affiliation, in Fort Worth, I helped to create this foundation in support and assistance with people living with HIV/AIDS. Served to create a working Board of Directors, fundraising events including the Hats Off to Ruta Lee tribute that included notables and stars including Debbie Reynolds, Jim Nabors, Ruth Buzzi, Jack Carter, Dom Deloise, Phyllis Diller, the family of John Wayne, and more. The foundation gave assistance and helps in the form of dental services, adult day care, and also to abandoned children affected/infected by HIV/AIDS.
My service to my church is my service to my God. Since my first year of college I have served both as a paid staff person and then active member. The church affiliations have included Southern Baptist, United Methodist, Non- Denominational, United Church of Christ, and more. This involvement reached a varied number of people from 2 to over 2000 with duties, committees, teams, and responsibilities include: