My column yesterday about CASA-Philadelphia - the local chapter of the national nonprofit called Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children - is generating some nice interest from potential volunteers.
You'd think this was good news. When it comes to good-hearted people advocating on behalf of abused and neglected kids, the more the merrier, right?
The probem is, CASA protocols require the organization to have a paid, fulltime supervisor for every 25 volunteers. And CASA doesn't have the funds to hire all the supervisors they'd need to oversee the many volunteers already on a waiting list to be trained.
"We're unsual that way," CASA-Philly executive director Wendy Aguirre told me on Monday at the Shops at Liberty Place, where her group kicked off a local awareness campaign about the issue of kids in foster care. "Philadelphians really step up when it comes to volunteering."