This May will be the third time that I have run in a 5K race benefitting a local CASA group. A colleague of mine was the original organizer of this race and she is also a CASA volunteer. For those who don't know, CASA stands for Court-Appointed Special Advocates, and these volunteers are there to represent the best interests of the child as they navigate through the family court and child welfare system. I admire my colleague and her tireless efforts at bettering the lives of children.
I do what I can to support the cause. Last year, I strong-armed a lot of friends into participating in the race. This year, in conjunction with a wellness initiative at work encouraging people to walk more, I have started a walking group and invited the people in my department to participate, with the goal of training up to walk this 5K race in May. And on Wednesday, we will hold a pizza party/informational meeting about the race, in an effort to encourage more people to sign up.
I don't think I could do what my friend does, at least not at this point in my life. It's important work and I hope to contribute in my own way to bettering the lives of children in the foster care system.