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Volunteer of the Week for Aug. 2

Name: Tracy Brune

Age: 55

City: East Olympia

Volunteer’s activities include: Brune volunteers for the Court Appointed Special Advocate Program (CASA) and at Capital Kids Connection, which does fundraising for children in foster care.

This volunteer is special because: “In the past year, Tracy has been a Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteer and was a consistent and powerful voice for six foster youth ranging from ages 1 to 13. She has advocated for the best interests of these children in court and kept all parties focused on the children’s health, safety, and well-being during very complex legal court proceedings. Tracy has gone above and beyond as a child advocate. One child she was appointed to is deaf, so Tracy enrolled in a sign language class to better communicate with this child. She has researched schools in Seattle for the deaf, (advocated in court) for the child to receive a cochlear implant, and has supported this child and her two siblings during several visits to see their biological father at Cedar Creek prison. Tracy tirelessly advocates for the children she is appointed to and it brings her joy to see that she can positively and profoundly affect the lives of our community’s most vulnerable youth,” said Sunnie Slenes of CASA.

Volunteering is important to this volunteer because: “It makes me feel so good to know that I have something to give – gifts, talents – that can help other people” Brune said.

Brune will receive a plaque from the Volunteer Center and KGY Radio, courtesy of Deer Creek Awards, a division of Color Graphics.

This article was written by volunteer Julie Propp. The Volunteer Center provides volunteer services to people of all ages. If you would like to nominate a volunteer, please call 360-741-2622, or download a nomination form at www.volunteer.ws.

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