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CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocate, seeks volunteers to advocate for the best interest of children who have come into the state’s care as a result of abuse, neglect or abandonment. Volunteers are empowered to represent a child’s voice in court after extensive training that prepares them for the role. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, join a one-hour information session. Schedules and registration links are available at

The Clark County and city of Vancouver councils are looking for two volunteers to join a collaborative policy group addressing the issue of homelessness in the community known as the Joint Executive Group.

The recruitment is for individuals who have experienced homelessness. Terms would be approximately 12 months, with the exact term to be decided at a later date. The group will make homelessness policy recommendations to the county and city councils. Regular meetings will be held at least once per quarter, with additional meetings as needed.

Those interested should send a résumé and letter of interest to Michell Pfenning, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000, or Application deadline is 5 p.m. Aug. 13.

The SW Washington Independent Investigative Response team is recruiting non-law enforcement community members through Aug. 19. This is an unpaid volunteer position.

These community representatives will serve alongside qualified investigators on independent investigations into police deadly force incidents. Representatives will participate directly in the vetting, interviewing and/or selection of IIT-certified law enforcement investigators; media communications; and use of involved agency equipment requests. Representatives must be a Clark or Skamania county resident, be able to pass a background check, be able to maintain a confidentiality agreement with each deadly force investigation, attend training, and maintain high standards of ethics and integrity. This position requires a four-year commitment.

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