Linn awarded for CASA service
Jeanne Linn, a vlounteer with the Court-Appointed Special Advocates Program for Jefferson County, was honored April 19, by the Peter R. Marsh Foundation of Vancouver, Washington, with a presentation of its Silent Servant Award.
The Marsh Foundation is based on the belief that people who voluntarily and privately serve others in need are indeed some of the most valuable citizens of our communities.
One initiative of the foundation is to encourage selfless service to others by identifying people who serve, recognizing and awarding them for their service and encouraging them to continue in their important community role – because they inspire others to experience the fulfillment of living as a "Silent Servant."
Jeanne Linn was nominated for this award by Jefferson County CASA Program coordinator Jen Jordan.
"Jeanne Linn is a familiar name and face in Madras, as she grew up here. Jeanne's heart for her community is huge. She shows it by investing in the precious lives of its most vulnerable citizens, children in the foster care system," Jordan said.
"Jeanne has been a court-appointed special advocate on behalf of foster children in Jefferson County since 2012. Her children affectionately call her "CASA Jeanne," expressing back to Jeanne the kindness and love she shows them. The lives of dozens of children have been impacted in immeasurable ways, due to Jeanne's tireless giving on their behalf," Jordan continued.
"Jefferson County has benefited and continues to benefit greatly by her service. We at CASA feel so very blessed to have Jeanne serving as a volunteer advocate. She is a role model for us all. Jeanne is 78 years old and 'retired' -- although her volunteering looks like a more than full-time job!" Jordan noted.
CASA volunteers are dedicated and trained community members who serve as fact finders for the judge, and work on behalf of the child's best interest to help move the child as quickly as possible through the court system and to a safe and permanent home.
Linn was presented with the award on April 19, at the Bend CASA office, along with two other award recipients from Crook and Deschutes counties.