Metro CASA Hosts Poverty Simulation
SCAN's Richmond CASA program joined Henrico CASA and Chesterfield CASA to host a poverty simulation
for 60 volunteers and 17 staff members, board members and community partners. Both Goochland and Hanover CASA programs also participated.
"It was very successful and we hope to be able to offer it to other CASA programs and community groups," said Jana Blue, SCAN's Volunteer Coordinator.
During this simulation, participants role-played the lives of low-income families, from single parents trying to care for their children to senior citizens trying to maintain their self-sufficiency on Social Security. Each "family" had to provide food, shelter and other basic necessities during the simulation while interacting with various community resources.
The simulation enabled participants to view poverty from different angles, while allowing low-income volunteers to interact with leaders from their community.
"This simulation affected me profoundly," said Ginny, a Richmond CASA volunteer. "I have shared what I experienced that Saturday with a number of people. Several of them commented that they would love to participate in a similar presentation."
Richmond CASA graduates 20 new Volunteers
SCAN's Richmond CASA program welcomed 20 new CASA volunteers on June 12. They participated in 35 hours of intensive training and court observation. Richmond CASA now has 87 volunteers who can advocate for safe, permanent homes for children involved in cases of abuse and neglect. Thank you for your service!
Learn more about how to become a Richmond CASA volunteer here.
Incoming Board of Directors Chair Birck Turnbull
SCAN relies on the support of its many volunteers to fulfill its vital mission each day. This includes the Board of Directors, which is comprised of approximately 30 community members who help guide the vision, finances, legal decisions and more for SCAN.
Birck Turnbull is one of these essential volunteers. Birck became a board member in 2011. Within a short time, Birck's positive energy, strategic mindset and belief in SCAN's mission has made him a leader on the Board. As of July 1, Birck will become the Board of Directors Chair.
Birck is a Senior Vice President at Thalhimer. He first became involved with SCAN through his real estate dealing with Richmond CASA. Richmond CASA's 103 East Grace Street building became SCAN's main office after the organizations merged in 2009.