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Char Williams

Char Williams always wanted to become a foster mom. In her encore, she’s doing the next best thing.

She works as a CASA volunteer, a court-appointed special advocate for children in foster care. “We are not lawyers. We are the voice of the children,” says Char.

Read about the difference she and thousands of other CASA volunteers nationwide are making in kids’ lives.

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Raul Bravo tells his former high school automotive teacher, Clairene Terry, how she inspired him to stay in school. Listen to their StoryCorps interview.

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Clairene Terry & Raul Bravo

Chicago, IL

Char Williams always wanted to become a foster mom. In her encore, she’s doing the next best thing.

She works as a CASA volunteer, a court-appointed special advocate for children in foster care. “We are not lawyers. We are the voice of the children,” says Char.

Read about the difference she and thousands of other CASA volunteers nationwide are making in kids’ lives.

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Char Williams

Tennessee Colony, TX

This former IBM exec now fundraises for the growing Hispanic community of Silicon Valley.

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Dave Dardis

Los Gatos, CA

In his second encore, he provides musical therapy and pleasure at eldercare facilities in Florida.

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Howard Stone

Palm Beach Gardens, FL

She views her work with children as preparing them for the challenges of their life ahead.

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Elzora Douglas

St. Louis, MO

Harry Cummins found refuge in sports during his hardscrabble youth as a self-described “bad kid” in Toledo.

Today, in his encore, this former GM worker mentors neighborhood youth through the sports and education programs he offers at his boxing gym.

“My agreement with the kids is that they bring in their homework, and study for one hour in our learning center before they can box or work out.”

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Harry E. Cummins III

Toledo, OH

A former journalist becomes a child welfare advocate for adopted kids like his own.

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Adam Pertman

Newton, MA

He uses his intercultural knowledge to mentor recent immigrants in their job search.

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Joe Lurie

Berkeley, CA

This artist uses his paintings to raise money for charities that help the less fortunate.

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Roy Burgess

Phoenix, AZ
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