Superhero Spotlight: Stu & Bonnie Shipman

***The following is series featuring Q & A's with CASA volunteers

 Stu and Bonnie Shipman, from Whitley County, have been volunteering with CASA for more than three years. 

Stu and Bonnie Shipman, from Whitley County, have been volunteering with CASA for more than three years. 

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!"

 

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