This month’s VISTA spotlight is Megan Beirne of CASA of the Ninth and United Way Battlement to the Bells.

What is the background behind your organization?
“CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of the Ninth is a volunteer-based nonprofit organization serving Pitkin, Garfield, and Rio Blanco counties that trains and supervises volunteers to represent the best interests of our most vulnerable citizens – victims of child abuse, neglect, and severe domestic conflict. CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to be a voice for these children in court and in the community. The desired result is that children are placed in safe, loving homes where they can thrive.”

How long have you been a VISTA?
“I have been a VISTA for 7 months.”

What made you want to become a VISTA?
“I wanted to become an AmeriCorps VISTA to be able to use the knowledge and skills I learned in school and apply them to working within the organization I am serving. I believe I would be able to make an impact on those I serve, whatever population that may be. In addition, grow as an individual both personally and professionally.”

Is there anything you’re currently working on that you’d like to share?
“I am working on CASA of the Ninth’s monthly newsletter, creating and scheduling social media posts for both CASA and United Way, keeping track of donations and donor information within a spreadsheet, and currently working through a comprehensive marketing training through Aspen Grove Marketing.”

What are you plans for after your year of service as a VISTA volunteer?
“After my year of service I hope to work with children and/or families within the foster care system and/or children who have experienced abuse and neglect and are in the child welfare system. I have had a passion for this population after my parents become foster parents to my two younger cousins for over 10 years.”