Midge Going, an acclaimed CASA advocate, will address the Jacksonville Kiwanis Club during a noon Thursday lunchtime meeting of the Jacksonville Kiwanis Club.
Going has advocated over 30 children in over half a decade as a CASA volunteer. She is well-known for keeping track of families over time and maintaining relationships with the children she helps.
Going told a Jacksonville Daily Progress reporter in March 2011 about her continued interaction with two sisters from the time they were in elementary school to their ascension to junior high and high school.
“They (still) write me," she said in 2011. "They send me Christmas cards. The oldest girl, in the last letter that she sent me, she was saying in effect that she realizes that this was the best thing that could happen – her sister and her were placed with an older sister. She said ‘I’m happy now and I know that I have the benefit of things that I wouldn’t have had if I had been with my mother.’”
CASA, incidentally, is a nonprofit network supporting and promoting court appointed volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children so they can thrive in safe, permanent homes.
In December 2010, Going was recognized as being part of an elite group of Henderson, Cherokee and Anderson County who went far above and beyond in their duties.
As a member of that group, she received a "Shining Star" award as she and the others were recognized and celebrated for their volunteerism at a special Athens Country Club banquet.
In 2011, CASA Executive Director LeeAnn Millender said their contributions were invaluable toward the well-being of the children under their care.
“We want to honor each and every one of these volunteers, as well as the judges, law enforcement and court system that help them throughout the year,” Millender said.
Going's was asked to address the group by Kiwanis Club member Monica Hamilton, this week's program chair.
The Thursday meeting takes place at noon at Lupe's Mexican Restau-rant, 517 E. Rusk Street.
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