30 Years of CASA Highlights: Libby Poland
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 Libby Poland.
What is your role at CASA?
I am a CASA volunteer.
How long have you been with the program?
I have been a CASA volunteer with Family Services for about 7 years.
What led you to become involved with CASA?
I was inspired to volunteer with CASA after hearing a CASA speak at North Parish Unitarian Church about her deeply meaningful experiences as an advocate in the Merrimack Valley.
What do you find most rewarding about working/volunteer for CASA?
I enjoy supporting local families who are having trouble navigating parenthood. The children are most vulnerable in these struggling families, and I feel it important to advocate for their safety and health while also supporting the parents. Parenthood is challenging enough without obstacles. I feel that all families need support for a healthy community.
What do you like to do outside of work?
I am a French teacher at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA. Outside of school, I sing with the New England Classical Singers, hike the open spaces around Andover, enjoy making pottery, and spend time with my husband and three grown children. I also love to garden and travel when I can!