Jimmy Wayne started his Meet Me Halfway project in 2009.

“Because I was helped when I needed it, I want to try and help now,” Wayne said. “If the bit of celebrity I have can help me raise awareness of this situation – that there are kids and young people out there who need our help – then I feel like I have accomplished my goal. I’m not asking people to come out and walk with me, but I am asking them to meet me halfway by getting involved – donate money, adopt a kid, learn more about the foster child/foster parent program in your local community. There’s so much one person can do, and so many ways they can make a difference. It just takes one person to help someone to a better life.”

Wayne was also honored by Tennessee State Senator Doug Overbey, Representative Mark White and state Treasurer David H. Lillard, Jr., at the Grand Ole Opry with a congratulatory resolution for his advocacy work to extend foster care services to young adults. Wayne, who spent years in North Carolina’s foster care system, recognized the difficulty young adults face in completing education, launching careers and finding independence. Wayne helped sway state legislators in both houses of the General Assembly to unanimously adopt a bill allowing adults between ages 18 and 21 to continue receiving foster care services

Wayne is a spokesperson for CASA, the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association, a network of 1,000 program offices all across America. CASA volunteers work in in the courtroom and other settings to make sure that abused and neglected children don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system, or languish in inappropriate group or foster homes.

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