CASA Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Sarah ArnoldEmily Hoak
“I truly believe [CASA volunteers] fill a vital role in society and can help make a difference. What we do is important, necessary, and can make a positive impact on the lives of children and families.”
Sarah Arnold completed her CASA volunteer training last summer and took her first case last fall. She received her real estate license this spring and joined Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Executive Group as a broker associate on April 1. Sarah noted, “It’s a third career for me, as I began as an attorney, then joined my husband in running and managing our dental practices, and then stayed home with kids. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work alongside my father-in-law, Nick Arnold, who has been in real estate for the past twenty years. It feels great to be back working and learning new things every day.”
Sarah has a variety of interests. She said, “I enjoy exercise and being physically active. I love to read, cook, sample our local restaurants with my husband, travel, and spend time with my family. I have four children, ages 20, 18, 16 and 14, and three dogs, so they keep me busy!!”
When asked what inspired her to volunteer for CASA, Sarah expressed, “I had been familiar with the role of a CASA since my days as an attorney many years ago. During quarantine last summer, I came across a Facebook post about the need for CASAs locally and felt that it was the perfect time. I had extra time to give, was looking for an additional volunteer opportunity, and thought it would be both challenging and rewarding on many levels.”
She noted to enjoying so many things about being a CASA volunteer. She said, “My eyes have been opened to a segment of our community that I think many people would prefer to overlook, and for that I am grateful. I have enjoyed being in court, writing reports, and have a huge appreciation for the service providers, particularly the DCS case managers. I am honored to have the opportunity to make a difference and to be able to contribute to our community and help make the life of a child better.”
Sarah said that remains committed to her volunteering because “I truly believe we fill a vital role in society and can help make a difference. What we do is important, necessary, and can make a positive impact on the lives of children and families.”
She encourages anyone who has an interest in children, volunteering, and giving back to the community to consider being a CASA. She added, “It is important work and an amazing opportunity for those who are willing to contribute and share their time to improve the life of a child.”
Thank you, Sarah!
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.