CASA Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Kelly HuntEmily Hoak
“Just making a small connection, letting [the children] know someone out there cares what happens to them, can make a difference in their lives during confusing times.”
Kelly Hunt completed her CASA volunteer training last fall and began her case right after. Kelly is a stay-at-home mom and her youngest started kindergarten last year. She and her husband moved with their daughters from Chicago four years ago and love living in the little beachside town of Ogden Dunes. Kelly said, “When I look at the skyline in the distance, I always feel so lucky to be close to the best city in the world, but nestled in the dunes next to a National Park among awesome neighbors we now call good friends.”
Kelly said, “I keep quite busy volunteering at school and other places in my community. I was looking for another place to give my time since I thought (Pre-Covid!) I would have a little more of it.” Choosing to volunteer with CASA made sense to her. “I majored in psychology in college and always loved working with kids, and also have an interest in legal matters so I thought CASA would be a good fit for me,” she noted.
Kelly has been surprised by how quickly she’s bonded with the children she serves. She expressed, “They are so sweet. Just making a small connection, letting them know someone out there cares what happens to them, can make a difference in their lives during confusing times.”
She added that, “When I am not volunteering or helping my own kids navigate virtual learning, I love to be creative and I am happiest when making art, tackling home projects, writing or cooking.”
Thank you, Kelly!
In honor of Rose Butler who was a CASA volunteer, and who further supported the mission of CASA as a staff member supervising and mentoring many of our volunteers, we are featuring one CASA volunteer each month who is making a difference in the lives of children in Porter County.