Nashville's Volunteer of the Month: Lynn Ewing

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"Look to the kids! They are the future," says Lynn Ewing. A local mediator by trade, Lynn uses her gift of communication to benefit children throughout the community. She serves as a hands-on volunteer for Nashville Conflict Resolution Center and CASA Nashville as well as on the citizen volunteer board of directors for the Davidson County Foster Care Review. While each agency is separate and different, they share the same cause - assisting children in crisis.

One agency Lynn volunteers with is Nashville Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC), a 501(c)3 non-profit that envisions a world in which different points of view are respected, and conflicts are resolved peacefully. To achieve this, NCRC works to ensure that all people in our community have access to mediation and can work together to safely resolve conflict and avoid litigation. NCRC advances the field by delivering quality, affordable mediation services, conflict resolution education and training.

Since 1984, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) has served Nashville by speaking for abused and neglected children caught in the court system and helping them find safe and permanent homes. CASA's trained volunteer advocates speak exclusively for each child and gives them hope - in the courtroom and other settings. Last year, local CASA volunteers provided hands-on hope to 530 local children. Fortunately, independent research has demonstrated that children with a CASA volunteer are substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care and less likely to reenter care.

The Davidson County Foster Care Review Board program is a cooperative effort between the juvenile court, state agencies who hold custodial rights of dependent children and the Nashville community. There are approximately 500 children in state custody in Davidson County on any given day, and each of these children must have periodic foster care reviews conducted pursuant to state and federal law. Therefore, the board Lynn serves on thoroughly reviews each month's cases of children in out-of-home placements and also makes recommendations to the court and to custodial agencies that will facilitate a permanent home for every child.

Nashville's Volunteer of the Month is a program of Doing Good, a 501(c)3 non-profit which inspires more people to volunteer by celebrating the real stories of real people who volunteer. For additional information about Lynn, Doing Good or other volunteers, visit www.DoingGood.tv or @DoingGoodTV on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram.

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