30 Years of CASA Highlights: Charles Kenher

2022 marks the 30th year of Family Services’ Essex County CASA providing advocacy for abused and neglected children in Essex County. As we celebrate 30 years, we are highlighting staff and volunteers who on a daily basis help us advocate for these vulnerable children. This week we spoke with volunteer Charles Kenher.

Essex County CASA will be recognized at this year’s Family Service’s Spring Gala today Thursday, May 5, 2022.










What is your role at CASA?
I am a volunteer advocate.

How long have you been with the program?
I have been with the program for five and a half years. 

What led you to become involved with CASA?
When I retired in 2016, I wanted to transition into some type of volunteer work.  My wife, Charlotte, knew about CASA and suggested I look into volunteering here. 

What do you find most rewarding about working/volunteer for CASA?
It’s rewarding to have the opportunity to help children who are stuck in difficult and sometimes horrible situations. Not only that, but I get to do it by working with CASA staff and volunteers who are just as committed and passionate about the work we are doing. 

What do you like to do outside of work?
I enjoy reading (history mostly), woodworking, gardening, and relaxing on the beach.  I also like to cook and, again thanks to a suggestion from my wife, I recently started baking bread from scratch. My low success rate of edible to inedible loaves is somewhat of a concern, but I haven’t given up yet! 

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