Advocates for Children has named Pam Meyer of Greensburg, Indiana as the agency's 2014 Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Volunteer of the Year.
Meyer was sworn in as a CASA volunteer in 2002, and is the longest serving volunteer in Decatur County. In her 12 years as a volunteer, Meyer has served on 23 separate cases and advocated for a total of 47 children.
When she first volunteered with Advocates for Children, Meyer was a Hospice nurse in her professional life. She has since retired from the nursing profession, but her passion for helping people in need remains as strong as ever. She normally carries a case load of three cases at any given time, while serving in a volunteer capacity for several other community organizations.
"It has become clear to our program," said Anne Pringle, Advocates for Children's Program Director, "that Pam is someone who, once she commits to a cause, will then serve that cause with sincerity, hard work and a drive that is truly admirable."
During the past twelve years, Meyer's cases have included drug exposed infants, domestic violence, parents cooking meth, homeless families, teenagers waiting for their forever families, extreme physical abuse and neglect and parents with untreated mental health issues. She has also been involved in several adoptions and, to the teenagers that did not get adopted, she remained their one constant and stood with them when they moved into independent living and beyond.