FELICTY STRUNCE: NOVEMBER WILLIAMSON COUNTY CASA ADVOCATE SPOTLIGHT
Felicity Strunce had the importance of community service impressed on her at a young age. As an active volunteer throughout her life, she saw her mother spend countless hours sorting clothes for church donations, taking resources to needy families and rescuing abandoned animals.
The trait for giving back was passed down a generation: Felicity has used her undergraduate degree in psychology and human services to work in jobs that range from Human Resources and volunteer administration to service within the church.
More than a year ago—just a few short months after relocating to Franklin from the Washington D.C. area—Felicity began pursuing a commitment to Williamson County CASA as a trained advocate for abused and neglected children in the court system.
“I believe we should all be serving our community in some way. My heart is in any area that helps others and supports those doing the outreach. CASA does just that,” she says. “To give children a voice is an incredible privilege, and it’s amazing that there is an organization like this one that helps you do that.”
Felicity first learned of the organization through a church member back in Virginia, one who had adopted 12 foster children with CASAs. When she got settled in Williamson County, one of her priorities became learning more about the program on a local level.
Though she says she was initially frightened by the scope of a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate)’s responsibility, Felicity quickly learned that she wasn’t in this alone: the resources and support system within the organization was a comfort through the process.
“The more I got to know about this organization and the staff here, the more comfortable I became. I was scared at first because of our responsibility,” she said. “But I wasn’t aware of the level of training you receive. I—and anyone really—can do this because of the support here. CASA is now a regular part of my life.”
As a mother of three, Felicity was even more impressed with Williamson County CASA’s influence in a child’s life when she began helping WCCASA Advocate Supervisor Audrey Freshwater with paperwork. With four cases under her belt, the volunteer says she is now an active voice about the importance of the non-profit in the county.
“I believe deeply in protecting the helpless. The thought of a child not having someone to look out for their interests and helping them have a bright future is heartbreaking to me,” she said. “CASA gives children with no advocacy in their own homes a glimmering hope. I see how much CASA is truly needed.”
Because she spends several hours a week at the WCCASA office in downtown Franklin, Felicity has gotten to know the staff members on a more personal level. She says the relationships that have been formed are an indicative of the heart of the organization.
“I absolutely love the people who run Williamson County CASA. Spending a lot of time doing support services for them has allowed me to see their hearts and dedication,” she said. “I admire their knowledge and expertise that they bring and how it is propelling CASA into making a great difference in our community.”
To learn more about how to become an advocate with WCCASA, click here.