KEYSER - There are so many ways to get involved and serve the community in which you live, work or play.

KEYSER - There are so many ways to get involved and serve the community in which you live, work or play.
Just ask the WVU Potomac State College basketball team. On Sept. 5, 2019 head coach Neil Epstein, assistant coach Kody Lambert and players Tony Gutta, Cawonte Duncan, Tay’On English, Joe Bokey, and Markei “Bubba” Hampton did just that.
On that day the coaches and players assisted the Mineral County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) in their move at the Mineral County Family Resource Network Complex (MCFRN) on West Piedmont Street. CASA had previously rented a shared  255 square foot space from the MCFRN and now has expanded into the upstairs of the complex main building.
CASA is a volunteer-based program that trains community volunteers to stand up for the best interests of children who have been abused or neglected. Appointed by judges, they speak up for the child’s needs in the courtroom and community.
These volunteers come from all walks of life and believe that every child deserves to be safe, treated with dignity, and thrive in the embrace of a loving family.They are people just like everyone else and they want to make a difference to a child that has been abused and/or neglected.
With a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer dedicated to their case, America’s most vulnerable children will have someone speaking up for their best interests. With the support of a CASA, more children have the opportunity to thrive in a safe and loving home.
With drug epidemic continuing to rise, so does the amount of child abuse and neglect cases in Mineral County. These children are the forgotten victims of the opioid epidemic and they need to be heard.
Mineral County CASA needs more volunteers to ensure that no child is forgotten, they need a CASA volunteer.
If you or someone you know is ready to get involved, call the Mineral County CASA office at 304-788-0068.