Connie CASA Picture 2018

Name: Connie Cypress
Volunteer Since: March 2016

What do you do when you aren’t volunteering for CASA? For 31 years, I worked as a Business Marketing Specialist for the Postal Service. I now volunteer with CASA, Feedmore, where I pack snacks and lunches for school children, and the Food Bank, where I help pack groceries to give to people each month who run out of food. I also volunteer at the Laprade Library in Chesterfield.  I am a Deacon with my church, Faith and Family in Chesterfield, VA, where I work in the bookstore and help serve the senior citizens in the community. I also volunteer with Junior Achievement teaching classes at schools to prepare children for the business world. I am also a member of the Junior League of Richmond, and I am an Electoral Worker, where I work the polls at each of the various local, State and Federal elections. I recently ran the 5K for CASA at Saint Joseph’s Villa, which I loved doing to help raise money for CASA. I am also a wife and mother of 2 and grandmother of 4. In my spare time, I love to travel, read and spend time with my grandchildren.  

Why do you CASA? I love working with CASA because I love children, and I want to do everything that I can to help children have better lives and be able to flourish and enjoy being children. I have loved the children that I have worked with so far. They are all so special and they all just want to be loved. They deserve to be happy and to live without fear of harm or danger. I have learned a lot in the time that I have been volunteering with CASA and I look forward to learning more ways that I can be of help to the children in our city. I want to do whatever I can do to prepare children to grow up and become productive in their adult lives.

Why we think Connie is awesome: Connie has a big heart, and it’s clear that she has developed strong relationships with the families she has worked with. At a recent hearing, Connie was the only person who had spoken to the mom on her case and knew her whereabouts. The mother’s attorney, GAL, and city attorney were all surprised because no one else had been able to get in touch with the mother. Clearly, the mother felt that Connie was accessible and someone she could talk to, so she called Connie and shared the challenges she had been facing recently. Connie was able to submit an informative report that painted a clear picture of the mother’s situation.  

 

 

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