Wednesday, Aug 5, 2020
Alexis Wallace has a kind heart. She treats everyone she meets with respect and kindness which makes it no surprise that she would be so willing to give of her time and her heart to become a CASA volunteer. Alexis has been a volunteer with CASA for just over 1 year. In that short time, she has advocated for 5 children on 4 cases. We had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Alexis and ask her a few questions about herself and her experiences as a CASA volunteer. Here is what she had to say.
Tell us a little more about yourself.
I am a serial entrepreneur and hold a degree in Organizational Leadership. While I do not have any children of my own, I have nieces and nephews that I adore and spend much of my time with. Some of my hobbies include reading, cooking, relaxing, and spending time with family and friends.
What is it like to be a CASA volunteer?
I first heard about CASA from a friend. She shared with me about what a CASA volunteer is and what they do. It is amazing to be a volunteer. You learn more about yourself through the experience. To be able to be a part of the solution versus talking about the problem is something indescribable. It is humbling and rewarding to be able to give without merit.
What surprised you the most about being a volunteer?
What has surprised me the most is that each case, each experience, feels like the first time. The same emotions of anxiousness, nervousness, and excitement come every time a new case is presented to me.
Have you had any cases that really stuck out to you?
Every case that I have advocated for sticks with me. I form a sort of emotional attachment with each one. You are giving a part of yourself in pure form with the hope of positively impacting someone’s life.
How have the children you have worked with impacted your life?
Simply by allowing me to be a part of their lives. The interactions with the children I have served reminds me of the importance of integrity, dedication, and love.
What is the most gratifying experience you’ve had as a volunteer?
Building connections with the children I work with and having my opinions valued enough to speak for the well-being of the child in court.
What would you tell someone considering becoming a CASA volunteer?
I would encourage anyone that believes in giving of themselves effortlessly, to give CASA a try. Time is generally considered golden and to be able to give your time to a child that needs a voice is priceless and worthwhile. I would share with a new volunteer that it is worth the time, effort, and energy. You will gain more than you give, and that fact is greater than the sacrifice.