Susan Surles believes in speaking up for those who cannot speak for themselves. That is why much of her volunteer focus is on organizations that benefit children. As secretary for the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) of Smith County’s Board of Directors, Mrs. Surles supports the organization’s dedication to child victims of physical and sexual abuse. The CAC strives to reduce trauma to the child though a unified effort that facilitates thorough investigations, effective prosecutions, and the healing of the child and their family. Over the past 13 years, the Children's Advocacy Center has coordinated and investigated more than 5,680 cases of alleged child abuse, and provided services for more than 8,012 children and counseling for more than 1,131 children.
The CAC is currently holding their 12th Annual Bids for Kids online auction fundraiser through the Tyler Courier Times Telegraph and eBay. The auction offers more than 55 exciting trips and vacations, unique items, fabulous experiences, and generous gift certificates. To view online auction items and place your bid, go to www.tylerpaper.com, and click on the Bids for Kids logo. The auction fundraiser will end on June 28, 2011.
Mrs. Surles also volunteers for Fine Art Matters in Education at All Saints Episcopal School. She supports The Humane Society of East Texas and Therapet. For the past three years, Mrs. Surles has served as publicity chair for the Festival on the Square in downtown Tyler.
“I try to volunteer for organizations that are related to children and animals. It is important to speak for those that cannot speak for themselves. It is our job to protect and nurture them,” Mrs. Surles said.
Born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, Mrs. Surles has lived in Tyler for 20 years. She graduated from high school in Houston, Texas, and attended San Jacinto Junior College, also in Houston. Mrs. Surles and her husband of 20 years, Mickey, are the parents of Thomas, 16, and Lindsey, 13. The Surles family attends Christ Episcopal Church in Tyler where Mrs. Surles has served as a Sunday school teacher for many years.
“I love the small-town atmosphere in Tyler. In a small community, you can see the benefits of your efforts and are able to work closely with friends who share your passions,” Mrs. Surles said.
For more information about Bids for Kids, please call the Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County at 903-533-1880.