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CASA Of Northeast Oklahoma Recognizes Spotlight Volunteer of The Month for February

-submitted by CASA of Northeast Oklahoma

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Northeast Oklahoma is a local nonprofit organization that trains volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in the court system in northeast Oklahoma.

Each month CASA recognizes a volunteer as a Spotlight Volunteer of the Month for their work in helping change a child’s story. 

For the month of February, CASA recognizes Ray Wert of Claremore.

CASA volunteers and staff work to help change a child’s story.  They work to make sure children who have been taken from their homes because of evidence of abuse and neglect don’t face dependency court and foster care alone.  

“What attracted me to get involved with CASA was I had a friend in Tulsa who was a volunteer,” said Ray Wert.   

Ray has served as a volunteer advocate in Rogers and Mayes County for two years.  During that time, he has seen the large need in the community.  What keeps him motivated is seeing the smiles of kids he is helping.

“Anyone who meets Ray can see he is physically a tall, big man, but what they can’t see is his heart for helping children in need is even larger,” said Sandra Rains, Lead Advocate Coordinator for the 12th Judicial District, which includes Rogers, Mayes and Craig County.  “It is a privilege having the opportunity to work with him in helping change a child’s story.  I am so pleased that he is being recognized as our Spotlight Volunteer for the Month of February.”

The CASA movement is central to fulfilling society’s fundamental obligation by making sure a qualified, compassionate adult will fight for and protect a child’s right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect and learn and grow in the safe embrace of a loving family.

“Ray is in the unique situation of being one of a very few men who we currently have among our CASA volunteers,” said Rains.  “We hope more men will consider becoming a CASA volunteer and helping these children in need.  They can have a special impact, especially in cases of children who have not had a strong father figure in their lives.”

“If someone is considering becoming a CASA volunteer advocate, I would tell them to please do volunteer.  There is a large need,” said Wert.

Something interesting that most people might not know about Ray is that he recently got married.

Congratulations Ray Wert on being CASA of Northeast Oklahoma’s Spotlight Volunteer of the Month for February.


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