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Meet Chris Sill: Former CASA Volunteer Who Brings Passion to BYP
Chris Sill has been engaged with Greater Richmond SCAN in a variety of roles since he first became involved. A few years ago, he was searching for a way to give back to the community. He felt that he had been fortunate to have a blessed life and wanted to pay it forward and be part of something that really made a difference in people’s lives. A chance glance at a bulletin board in a coffee shop opened his eyes to the Richmond CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) program. He reached out to SCAN staff to learn more about Richmond CASA and has been involved with the organization ever since. He realized the great need of the children and families served by the staff and volunteers of the program and felt moved to help serve these vulnerable children who were his neighbors and fellow community members. Chris saw his role as a Richmond CASA volunteer as a chance to be part of the solution. He was inspired by the resilience of the children he worked with over his two years as a CASA volunteer. Despite what they had been through, the children he worked with were still funny, happy children. He saw children that had experienced countless roadblocks, moved to multiple homes, and had been separated from incarcerated parents begin to heal from their trauma and see the hope and resilience of the possibilities that were open to them. Chris explained that he saw firsthand the impact that having structure and a consistent, loving caregiver had on a child. The help of a caregiver and a CASA volunteer provided these children hope and a chance to combat the longstanding trauma of their childhood.
After serving as a CASA volunteer for a few years, Chris was introduced to the SCAN Board of Young Professionals. He saw this as a unique opportunity to get involved in the organization on a different level and connect with like-minded young professionals. Chris recently served as the chair of the BYPs Blue & White Ball, which raised a record-breaking $37,000 to support SCAN’s programs in 2018.
Chris is from the Richmond area and attended the University of Virginia. He is a parishioner at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, serves as a lunch mentor at his alma mater Godwin High School and enjoys golf, tennis and living in The Fan! It’s also a big year for Chris, as he gets married to another native Richmonder in September.
We are so thankful to Chris for sharing his passion for helping, talents for making things happen, and leadership with SCAN!