50 Faces of Volunteers – Mary Murray

Nominated by Crystal Engstrom with the Iowa Child Advocacy Board in Mason City

Tell us a little about the volunteer:

Mary Murray has lived in Osage for 17 years.  She first encountered the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program when a family member adopted a child, and the child had a CASA.  Mary recognized that she could help kids in her community in this role too.  She has served as a CASA volunteer for the North Iowa program since 2016.

As a CASA, Mary visits her assigned children at least once a month, communicates with others in their lives, and makes recommendations about what is in their best interests.  Her service helps abused and neglected children move more quickly to a safe, permanent home.  Prior to her retirement, Mary worked as a postmaster.  She enjoys traveling and spending time with her three active grandchildren.


What is the primary (one or two) organization(s) they serve? Iowa Child Advocacy Board, North Iowa CASA


How long have they volunteered with this/these organization(s)? 2 years 8 months


Why does this volunteer deserve to be recognized with a 50 Faces of Volunteers spotlight?

Mary is an exceptionally dedicated volunteer.  Often CASA volunteers often advocate for one child at a time, however Mary frequently advocates for large sibling groups, which requires more time, organization and effort.  Mary is also an advocate for the North Iowa CASA program itself.  She has volunteered to speak at several United Way events, which helps our program receive funding and helps us recruit new volunteers.


Tell us about a great volunteer! We would love to recognize them as one of our “50 Faces of Volunteers.” Volunteer Iowa selects one nomination to feature every other Wednesday. 

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