Monday, November 1, 2010

Leiana - Helping in the foster system

Name: Leiana

What is your job? Musician

What social causes are most important to you? Organizations relating to children and animals. Specifically children that are victims of abuse and neglect and animals that are mistreated-especially pit bulls.

What charities do you support – and how? CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare). On my time off from touring and recording this year I received training as a CASA and was sworn in by a judge. I now follow a child that was removed from the home by DHS and make sure they are safe in their foster homes. I visit with the child monthly and then write reports and recommendations to the judge regarding their welfare. PAWS is one of the few no kill shelters that advocates rescuing pit bulls and educating the public about the general misconceptions many people have about the breed. I help them with their internet social sites and volunteer at the shelter.

Why do you have a passion for these?
I had a pretty traumatic childhood and if it wasn’t for the help of some people I would not be her today.  I see CASA as another way to give back other than my music. As for the animals I am a huge pit lover so that was a no-brainer.  I see a strong need to educate the public about the breed.

Is there a particular way you would want to encourage readers to be involved?
 If any of this strikes a chord I would strongly encourage others to get on the net and research what organizations locally they can get involved with.

How would you define social responsibility?
Ha! I always thought after I was secure and happy in my career I would then give back. I now realize that there is no perfect time to become socially responsible as it is the act of taking care of one another, and there is no perfect time to do it. It can actually make you feel better if you are feeling down and out.

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