***The following is series featuring Q & A's with CASA volunteers
Stu and Bonnie Shipman, from Whitley County, have been volunteering for more than 3 years. Together this couple finds their efforts rewarding because they are able to "connect with kids and ensure their lives are just a little bit better because of our presence."
Q: What almost held you back from being a volunteer?
A: "Stu was very reluctant to become a volunteer because he had never worked directly with troubled families. I had been a teacher for 30 years and had always tried to help the children most in need, so it was a no-brainer for me."
Q: What made you go ahead and do it anyway?
A: "Stu became a volunteer because he was coerced, but has come to really appreciate and understand the role of CASA."
Q: What would you tell someone considering being a volunteer?
A: "Be fearless and do it! If you never step out of your comfort zone in this life, you will never grow as a human being."
Q: If you could have any superpower what would it be?
A: "To make parents 'parent' their children."
Q: If you could go back and be a kid for a day, what would you do?
A: "Eat ice cream for breakfast and then go to a day-long carnival."
Q: What is the best part of being a kid that you miss now that you are an adult?
A: "Having an unfiltered mouth."
Q: What is a lesson adults could learn from children?
A: "Laugh more, cry more, and eat more pizza!"