Letters to the Editor
Children count on CASA volunteers
As we look forward to a new year, many of us will think about what we can do to make our corner of the world a better place. We at CASA of Tulare County consistently hear from our volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASAs, that their work with foster youth is one of the most rewarding and fulfilling experiences of their lives.
In Tulare County, approximately 1,100 children and teens live in the foster care system, taken from their homes due to abuse, abandonment, or neglect. We at CASA of Tulare County train and support CASA volunteers, then match them with a foster child to create a one-on-one relationship, to advocate for the child’s best interests, and ensure his or her needs are met. In a life full of uncertainty and change, a CASA volunteer is often the only consistent, caring adult in a foster child’s life.
We encourage you to make a difference this year that could last a lifetime: Become a CASA volunteer for an abused or neglected child. Average volunteer service is 10-20 hours a month. This year, you can make an impact in our community—and on a child’s life—as a CASA volunteer. Sincerely,
CASA of Tulare County
An Observation of Leadership at Lindsay McDonald’s
I can’t help but share this; as to what I witnessed spoke volumes to me. On January 4, at 4:35 p.m., I was a customer at Lindsay McDonald’s and my booth was across from the employee workstation. I have been a customer at this establishment numerous times over the past three years.
On this day, I was extremely impressed with what I observed. The manager, Lorraina Rosales, was an outstanding manager to watch. I have never witnessed a crew at McDonald’s work so quickly, pleasantly, efficiently, and in sync as a team.
The sight was powerful for this reason: The manager was working right alongside her team; working just as hard contributing to the production of customer orders. I heard her say several times, “Let’s go!” “Let’s go!” And that particular staff on that day, kept the pace to the sound of their manager’s command of drive and excellence! Along with smiles.
Ms. Rosales demonstrates by example good work ethic; and I came away absorbing the impact that she has upon her staff; contributing to their young adult lives through her defining work leadership.
Patsy K. Miller