CASA Continues to Look for African American Volunteers

Ken Herman, Statesman, July 24, 2012


Back in May, I wrote about an ambitious effort by CASA, an organization that trains volunteers to be court-appointed special advocates for abused and neglected kids. The goal is simple and race-based. A third of the Central Texas kids served by CASA are black, but only 6 percent of CASA’s 1,200 volunteers are black.

At a May event at Huston-Tillotson University, CASA officials and others explained why more African American volunteers are needed. Vicki Spriggs, CASA’s state chief executive officer, told me black kids do better with black CASA volunteers. “It just makes it easier for the child to form a bond with that volunteer,” Spriggs said. “It’s one less barrier, one less thing to think about, as opposed to thinking, ‘Is this person going to understand me?’ ”

Most of us yearn for a colorblind world. And most of us wish all of us—even kids in need of help—could look beyond the skin color of a well-meaning volunteer who shows up to help. But, according to Spriggs and others involved with CASA, skin color can matter to these kids, kids whose lives are challenged beyond what any kid should have to face.

So CASA, turning to black churches and other institutions with ties to the African American community, launched the recruitment drive.

Two months probably is too soon to begin measuring results, but, to date, the numbers are unimpressive. Katherine Kerr, Texas CASA’s communications and public relations manager, told me CASA of Travis County has received four applications “and an additional three inquiries” from African Americans. CASA of Williamson County has received three applications and four inquiries from blacks.


CASA officials see a great need for a community self-help program here, one in which African American adults are uniquely positioned to help African American kids.


It’s more of a commitment than showing up for a march or a candlelight vigil. And that’s why it’s probably more valuable.


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  • Tim

    Trust me…. I know a lil about blacks and a lot about Central Texas. NO Black person is going to volunteer for a program with an acronym in Spanish… For that matter I probably wouldn`t either…

  • Greg West

    They don’t give blood or donate organs either.

  • Henry

    Ahh ha ha ha that is a good one.
    blacks don’t HEP anyone they barely HEPS themselves.
    In 5 years Japan will be rebuilt better than ever.
    In 5 years the blacks will still be laying on the streets in New Orleans waiting for the White Fool to HEP them.
    To them HEP is others doing everything as they watch Oprah and reproduce

  • JackKrak

    Is there any statistical measure of any facet of black life that doesn’t show them on the wrong end of it?

  • Church_of_Jed

    What we got here is failure to comunecate.

    If the blacks were given the opportunity to volunteer to teach other blacks how to force the White community to UnDo its racist unearned White privilege, Obama would immediately sign a ever expanding budget to fund the massive demand and “much needed” growth of the “wildly and universally popular” program.

    How the White community needs to comunecate to the coming swarms of black “volunteers”:

  • Many blacks won’t help themselves because they’re too busy helping themselves.

  • So if the blacks don’t care about their own, why should we?

  • ncpride

    What a joke. They can’t/won’t/don’t raise their own kids, and they are asking them for help with others?

    And BTW, can you imagine if White kids were asking for White volunteers because they ‘relate’ better to one of their own? Race DOES matter, huh? Except when it doesn’t.

  • The Worlds Scapegoat

     They um….

    OK, they um…
    well they …hmmm

    what about um…..

    there is always …..

    never mind.

  • IstvanIN

     They should only get what they put in!

  • Jesse_from_Sweden

     Yes on the first, no on the second.

    The ones guilttripping whites are primarily jews.

    Jews have a need of breaking up racial homogeneity since they themselves are a minority group and have a bad history when it comes to being in racially homogenous countries.

    Which is why they want Israel to be highly restrictive with immigration (they want a racially homogenous state for themselves, because that is what is best for the racial group that is in majority) and why they want mass-immigration and diversity for white states but not for african or asian nations.
    Basically, they want all states where there are significant number of jews to be transformed into countries without a majority population, because that way jews will be safe from persecution from the majority population.

    America, I hope you are happy for defeating the evil nazis in WWII, now here you get a taste of why the nazis disliked jews and wanted them out of their country (for fun, look up “haavara agreement” and “madagascar plan” on wikipedia).

  • Rebelcelt

    CORRECT, their life mantra is” don’t worry everything is gonna be all white”. In the end the black tramp/thug/neerdowell/etc,  walking down the street of any given street in America knows in the end white people are not going to let him starve or die of a preventable illness.

  • SLCain

    “In America, the ones guilt tripping the Whites are Blacks. The Jewish population in America is very small.”

    Nonsense.  Yes, they are a relatively small group, but also highly influential.  10% of the US Senate, 33% of the Supreme Court, and an overwhelming plurality (if not majority) in any number of areas such as law, finance, journalism, advertising, and entertainment.

    Yours was a pretty lame attempt at counter-propaganda.  No sale.