AARP Chapter 829-Victoria learns CASA needs volunteers

AARP Chapter 829-Victoria met for its May 27 meeting at the Victoria County Senior Citizens Center on Murray Street.

Diana Sneed, volunteer coordinator recruiter for the Golden Crescent Court Appointed Special Advocates, was the speaker for the day. She told the group that Court Appointed Special Advocates needs 50 new volunteers who will agree to be a voice for a child in the care of the Department of Family and Protective Services. Last year, volunteers helped 252 abused and neglected children in Victoria County, and the need for volunteers is always rising.

Training classes will be June 3, 5, 10 and 12 from 9 a.m. to noon at 120 S. Main St. Call her at 361-573-3734 if you would like to help.

Joy Walker, volunteer for Court Appointed Special Advocates, told the group about her experiences as a volunteer with the group.

Chaplain Natalie Gilbert led the invocation followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. and Texas flags.

New member Bill Mladenka was introduced and welcomed into the chapter.

It was announced that the AARP Safe Driving class was 9 a.m. Friday.

A card from member Grace Rigamonti was read.

Laddie Janda won the raffle for the day and donated it back to the chapter.

The next meeting will be June 24. Dr. Julius Cano and his group will present a musical program.

After the meeting, Maria Alverado and Melveria Richie served refreshments during the fellowship hour.