Alma’s Volunteer Corner: The Thing About Shoes

July23This week my CASA tasks are a little different than the typical routine. I’m on a mission to find my CASA kid a new pair of shoes. Because she is an active teen, her current pair is worn and uncomfortable.

As a CASA volunteer, I am not allowed to buy my kid gifts but I can give her items that have been donated to CASA. I would like to say this is a simple task and we grabbed the perfect pair of shoes out of our Foster Families Clothing Closet and she was well on her way, but I don’t have that luxury. She is an older kid and most of the items that are donated to CASA are for younger children and do not fit her.

Both Debi and Robben, who work in the CASA office, are helping me with the search. They are reaching out to their networks and to Umpqua Bank, the organization that coordinates our clothing closet.

Finding my CASA kid shoes may seem like a small task but it’s not. I know between the caseworker, Debi, Robben, Umpqua Bank and myself, we will get her what she needs, but it’s frustrating that it takes four adults to get one pair of shoes for a teenager.

It’s hard being a teenager. But it’s even harder being a teenager who is navigating the system, trying to stay focused on school, therapy, and healing when you have holes in your shoes.

Hopefully by the time of my next blog entry, I will have shoes for my kid. I’ll keep you posted.

If you’re interested in donating shoes for older kids to the CASA closet, stop by the CASA of Lane County office at 174 Deadmond Ferry Road, Springfield.