Nominee #3: Sharon Dieringer
The third Advocate of the Year nominee is a force to be reckoned with. As a CASA for nearly 2 years, Sharon has demonstrated a multitude of traits that have made her one of our most exceptional advocates. She is currently carrying 3 cases, with one of those cases having a child placed over three and a half hours away. In her time with CASA, Sharon has remained consistent and has never missed a monthly face to face contact with any of her children. In fact, on multiple occasions she has seen her children more than once a month.
Outside of child visits, Sharon is a fervent advocate. She is not afraid to speak up when she feels it is in the best interest of a child. We admire her for the way she advocates with precision and passion, both inside and outside of the courtroom.
As if that alone doesn’t warrant this nomination, Sharon’s caring heart extends to ALL children in need – not just the children in her assigned cases! Sharon has taken it upon herself to create CASA’s Community Resource Committee; this group is working together to put together a Community Resource guide to aid our children and families. Additionally, as part of her enthusiasm for connecting our children with the resources they deserve, Sharon also serves as the local contact person for Hope’s Bridge Resource Room, a community resource closet that provides diapers, wipes, clothing, shoes, and more to the families and children in our care. Sharon is known to regularly pick up and deliver goods to fellow CASA advocates, CPS caseworkers, and families in need.
Sharon has an enormous heart and has impacted all those who have crossed paths with her in some way. Whether through her caring demeanor, words of wisdom, or encouraging stories, it is apparent that Sharon is a huge asset to the CASA family. There are many more things that can be said about Sharon and how she has impacted our community. She is a blessing and we are so fortunate to have her as part of the team.