Batman Attends CASA Volunteer Swear In

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.-Thursday afternoon, 15 people were sworn in at the Mesa County Justice Center to become a Court Appointed Special Advocate.

These volunteers are the voice in court for children and teens who have been abused or neglected, and a very special guest attended the ceremony.

The Capped Crusader himself, Batman, watched as citizens were sworn in as casa volunteers.

Average citizens are taking on the rule of a super hero.

"You know, every kid needs a hero, but the abuse and neglected kids, they need a super hero," says Batman.

With 81 children and teens waiting for their super hero, 15 CASA volunteers stepped up to the plate.

"I'll be assigned a case and that case will consist of one or more children and I'm going to be batting for them," said Ray Koch, a CASA Volunteer.

"As and advocate we will meet with them and people in their lives and gather information. Then bring back, what hopefully is, represents that child's voice," adds Renee Collins, CASA Volunteer.

For most of these volunteers, they just wanted the opportunity to give back.

"I know it sounds kind of cheesy but, there's so much need in the world. So I was trying to find ways to help somehow," says Collins.

"They need it, they need it. Probably I need to help them, so we're both winning," adds Koch.

As Batman puts it...

"I'm here for truth and justice. That's what these people are here for. They're volunteering to be a voice, eyes and ears for these kids. And I think that's awesome," says Batman.

"To help someone who doesn't necesarily have as many reasons to be thankful, and maybe to give them hope when they don't feel like they have any. That makes me feel really good," adds Collins.

Last year, CASA served 275 abused children.

After todays swear in, CASA officials say that next week, 20 kids will now have a voice for them in the court system.

If your interested in becoming a volunteer, there is an orientation on Thursday, April 27th at 5:30 at the CASA office, 744 Horizon Court, suite 230.


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