Hometown Hero is honored by the community

By: Nick Rothschild Email
By: Nick Rothschild Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. One Grand Junction woman had absolutely no idea she was the guest of honor at a special award ceremony on Tuesday.

But the more than 7,000 hours she's donated to area children definitely qualified her as a great hometown hero.

Dorothy Rinderle was given the annual Hometown Hero award by the Grand Junction Lions Club.

Rinderle has been a volunteer with court appointed special advocates - or CASA - almost since the program began in 1997.

Over that time she's handled 35 cases and has been a voice in the courtroom for 54 children in our community.

"It was totally unexpected because I enjoy doing it.," said Rinderle. "I see a difference. I want to continue making a difference, and so it's just what I do. That's who I am."

It's so much a part of who she is that court caseworkers often ask for her by name, knowing she makes a big difference in the lives of children living through difficult times.

CASA volunteers spend about 10 hours a month on a case, which often lasts a year and a half.

The award also came with a $1,000 donation to CASA.

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