Volunteer Spotlight

In Memorium

MaryLou Plutschak

June 9, 1949 – October 2, 2020 

MaryLou Plutschak was a CASA volunteer for over 12 years.  She began her history of working with her community in 1972 when she started her career in Maryland’s Parole and Probation Division as an agent supervising adult offenders. She worked her way up to being a supervisor and worked at several management levels. MaryLou credits her career as helping her develop the skills necessary to work with a variety of individuals. Listening more and treating everyone with respect are two skills that have helped her the most.

When MaryLou retired from her position as a Regional Administrator at the end of 2007, she had already decided in her mind that she wanted to work with children. She saw a recruitment ad  for CASA of Caroline volunteers and began training in January of 2008.

One of MaryLou’s most notable and fulfilling cases was working with a seventeen year old boy who was preparing to graduate high school.  She described him as being smart, personable, and having a lot of potential.  But the youth did not have stable, loving adult role models to help him prepare for life after high school.  MaryLou knew she was in a position to help and that’s exactly what she did!  

When no one else was available to teach this young man to drive, MaryLou helped him get the 60 practice hours he needed. She also taught him how to open a bank account and manage his own finances so he was able to purchase his own car.  MaryLou helped this youth navigate his way into adulthood by simply being herself! 

We are honored and privileged to have had the opportunity to work with MaryLou and experience firsthand her selflessness and compassion. Thank you MaryLou for all you have done for CASA of Caroline, our community and our children!  

 

Geraldine “Gerry” Warner

When you ask somebody to name their favorite superhero, they might say Superman or Black Panther or Wonder Woman.  At CASA of Caroline, one of our favorite superheroes is Geraldine “Gerry” Warner, who has been a CASA volunteer since 2010.

Gerry’s decision to become a volunteer was made after attending a Pathfinder meeting at her church where she heard people talking about children in foster care.  Shortly thereafter, she was walking up Market Street and saw the CASA offices.  That was her lightbulb moment.  “I decided that children need more people to work to help them get into the best possible environment.”  So, she applied to become a volunteer, completed the 30-hour pre-service training program, and was sworn under oath to serve and protect the children in the Caroline County Foster Care System.

Over the past 10 years, Gerry has advocated on behalf of 8 different children, all between the ages of 1 and 4. “I find it a joy because I’ve always loved children and I get to meet lots of interesting people!”   And she believes we ALL, as a society, have a responsibility to help children and families in need.  “Neighbors should help out neighbors in a time of need.  When you see a situation, talk to the people involved to see if it can be worked out.”

She believes parents should be there for their children at all times; be involved in their educations, make time for conversations, provide a safe environment, and most importantly, BE A ROLE MODEL! Luckily for us and the children of Caroline County, Gerry IS a role model in her church, her community and at CASA.

Reflecting on her 10 years with CASA of Caroline, Gerry says the experience of being a volunteer advocate has positively impacted her own life in many ways.  “I feel proud that I have been able to help children and families in our community.”   She also greatly appreciates the workshops and trainings provided by the CASA program and says they have helped in her own parenting.  Her biggest challenge has been witnessing the abuse and neglect suffered by children.  “It can be difficult reporting things you know just aren’t right but when a child’s safety is in jeopardy, you find the strength.”  We are so grateful Gerry has that strength and the commitment to keep children safe!

 

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If you're a crafty person, try creating your own pinwheel display using the instructions on this page!  We are also asking for children in the community to help "plant hope" and fill our CASA of Caroline windows with pinwheels. Please use the coloring page below and send it to us using the instructions at the bottom of the coloring sheet.   It will take 240 pinwheels to fill our windows so please "Help Plant Hope"!

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