Don Vanderkar

Don Vanderkar

President of Board of Directors at CASA

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Don Vanderkar
Engineer, Retired

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At the same time, the needs have grown," said Don Vanderkar, president of CASA's board of directors.Vanderkar said he became an advocate eight years ago while working full time as an environmental engineer with Aerojet.He worked with the same youth for eight years, until the young man turned 18.Vanderkar, who retired from Aerojet in 2002, said he's spent much of his life working with children.He and his wife were foster parents and helped with church youth groups.A CASA volunteer's job goes beyond befriending and mentoring a child or adolescent."You need to be an advocate and work on behalf of the child.You need to speak up in court," Vanderkar said.The advocates attend all court proceedings."You're there with the attorneys and judges, and you make a written report," he explained.

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