KPC News Service
ALBION — After more than 10 years of service, Margo Phillips is set to step down from her seat on the board of directors of Northeastern Indiana CASA.
“I get so much more than I ever could give back,” she said of the nonprofit organization based in Albion. Phillips is leaving Northeastern Indiana CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) because she is moving from the LaGrange area, where she currently resides.
Northeastern Indiana CASA provides a voice for children who are involved in judicial proceedings, advocates for the child’s best interests, and works to improve their circumstances and quality of life. The organization serves Noble, LaGrange, DeKalb, Steuben and Whitley counties.
Phillips joined the board of directors at a time of change and transition for the nonprofit organization.
“I remember going to a meeting where the judges were going to hand this off to the community members. I didn’t know much about what it was about, so I Googled it,” Phillips said. “I was really touched when I heard CASA was about giving children a voice. I didn’t always have a voice when I was a kid. I liked the idea of kids having rights, having someone be there for them and having a chance at life.”
Having volunteered in other areas of the community, Phillips saw firsthand the need to help support children who were not always in a positive home environment.
“We automatically assume that these parents struggle with addiction or that they are poor, but these kids come from all sorts of backgrounds,” Phillips said. “Whether it’s financial strain, addiction or volatile relationships, these children need a home that is stable and that can offer caring support and a nurturing environment.”
In her decade of service, Phillips has witnessed many success stories that demonstrate the positive impact of Northeastern Indiana CASA. During her time as a board member, Phillips received several awards and recognition for her service and dedication to the organizatiojn. However, she is quick to share the honors with her fellow board members and volunteers.
Phillips not only enjoys the work Northeastern Indiana CASA does with children, she has also “cherished” the time she has spent with other volunteers, board members and staff.
“Our volunteers amaze me. They are so dedicated and committed,” Phillips said. “It’s great that we make such a difference and that we have such amazing support, but it stinks that we have to do this kind of work. Maybe someday things will change, but for now CASA is making a real difference.”
To learn more about Northeastern Indiana CASA or to volunteer, visit www.neincasa.net.