Hearts of Yolo Profile: Peter Pascoe

Thursday, Feb 16, 2017

Peter Pascoe arrived in Yolo County when he became a professor of veterinary anesthesiology at UC Davis. Around the same time, Yolo CountyPeter Pascoe CASA was just forming, and Peter’s late wife, Roz Pascoe, became one of the first Yolo County CASA volunteers. “She was part of the second CASA training in Yolo County.”

Roz continued her volunteer work as a CASA for ten years. “We have three daughters of our own, and throughout Roz’s time as a CASA volunteer, I heard about the complicated and heartbreaking circumstances that foster children live under. It was so different than the life that our daughters lived and I was grateful that my wife was doing so much to help these kids.”

When Roz passed away from cancer, Peter wanted to honor her memory. “She cared so much about being a CASA volunteer and helping foster children. It was only natural that I do something to help the cause to keep her memory alive.”

Peter has been on the board for eight years. He is passionate about raising the funds needed to sustain and expand the organization. “We have a lot of great visionaries on the board and a great executive director. We’ve really grown our fundraising efforts to expand our capacity. I really look forward to serving all foster children who need a CASA in Yolo County someday. I am going to do everything I can to help us get there.”

Peter is proud of the commitment that suporters in Yolo County have made to foster children. “I am grateful to the many community members who have rallied around Yolo County CASA to help us raise funds and awareness to help foster children. And the commitment that our CASA volunteers make is incredible. Foster children are often placed out of county and moved several times. We currently have some CASA volunteers flying to Southern California to see their foster children. One of our CASA volunteers even flies to Utah. I also remember Roz driving hours to see her foster children. I am so grateful for the generosity that people show with their time and money. It really goes a long way in helping kids who sometimes have no consistent long-term adult relationship in their lives.”

As Peter looks into the future, he remains dedicated to the cause. “I believe foster children are one of the most vulnerable populations out there. I will always continue to help in whatever way I can. I cannot think of a better cause to support.”

Thank you, Peter, for everything your family does to improve the lives of foster children.

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