You may have heard the buzz – or even witnessed it firsthand – about CASA OC’s Pinwheel Project. Bear with me as I talk about it yet again.
For Foster Care Awareness Month, CASA OC displayed 3,000 pinwheels at Dana Point Harbor. Thanks to wonderful volunteers it looked amazing. But why would anyone donate their time, give up their Sunday to spend it hunched over, sticking pinwheels in the ground only to remove them several hours later? While I cannot speak for each volunteer individually, it’s safe to say they gave their time because this project was about more than just a pretty display of pinwheels.
Those 3,000 pinwheels represented the 3,000 children in Orange County’s foster care system. Three thousand children that have endured abuse and neglect, removal from their homes, and countless other traumas in their lives. Volunteer groups from the Capital Group, PIMCO and our Kids4CASA auxiliary consisting of high school students from Corona del Mar happily assisted CASA OC in making the community aware of these often forgotten children because they wanted CASA to continue to be able to fulfill our mission of recruiting, training, and supervising community volunteers who work one-on-one with a child in the foster care system.
At the time this was written 1,587 pinwheels have been sponsored, leaving 1,413 more to reach our goal of having all 3,000 sponsored. Just as we hope all 3,000 pinwheels will be sponsored, we hope the day soon comes that any of the 3,000 children that want a CASA can have one.
Help CASA spread awareness about the children in Orange County that we serve by sharing www.casaoc.org/pinwheel on social media platforms and sharing with friends and family. Let’s make sure Orange County does not forget about these vulnerable children!
Photographs from the event can be found on our Faceboook Page