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Featured Volunteer: Kasey Castillo

Kasey Castillo. Photo by Canyon Lake Insider.

Kasey Castillo has been a paid ($300 per month) member of the Canyon Lake City Council since being elected in 2018; however, it is the volunteer work she performs outside of her council duties that she is being recognized for.

Castillo, whose law firm represents first responders, provides pro bono work to the Canyon Lake Jr. Women’s Club, Canyon Lake Fine Arts Guild, Canyon Lake Veteran’s and First-Responders Group, and Canyon Lake Community Gardeners. She has been instrumental in helping the Veteran’s and First Responders Group and the Community Gardeners obtain 501(c)(3) status.

Castillo is a member of the Fine Arts Guild, K9 Club, Woman’s Club, Jr. Women’s Club, Veterans and First Responders Group, and Community Gardners. She serves as a board member for the Fine Arts Guild and a committee member for the Veterans and First Responders Group, the Cancer in Our Community Cancer Fair, and the 9/11 Tribute and Patriot Day event. The 9/11 Tribute and Patriot Day Committee is currently raising funds to install a permanent 9/11 monument at the Canyon Lake Fire Station.

Greg and Kasey Castillo. Photo provided by Kasey Castillo.

Most recently, Castillo co-founded the Canyon Lake Enrichment Activities and Recreation (CLEAR) Foundation, a nonprofit organization benefiting Canyon Lake kids between the ages of eight and 16. The goal of the CLEAR Foundation is to encourage healthy choices and good judgment through programs and recreational activities that promote conservation, lake stewardship, water safety, awareness, team building, and community involvement. CLEAR is pending 501(c)(3) status. Castillo serves as treasurer.

Castillo’s current project is organizing a summer Jr. Lifeguard Program for Canyon Lake kids ages 8 to 15.

Castillo is the founder of the Inland Empire Blue Belles and vice president of Community Outreach. The nonprofit organization is made up of female law enforcement and the family and friends of law enforcement dedicated to the emotional and professional support of those who serve and protect. Its primary objective is to provide assistance through fundraising to adversely affected law enforcement families in the Inland Empire (Riverside and San Bernardino counties). Every year, the Belles organize a Blue Ribbon Breakfast honoring every Officer of the Year and Deputy of the Year of all police and sheriff’s departments throughout the Inland Empire.

In her spare time, Castillo teaches legal seminars on firearms self-defense to Concealed Carry Weapons (CCW) permit holders and applicants. 

What Castillo enjoys most is being a mom. Her current favorite activity is going to the Canyon Lake Little League fields to watch her sons, Graham, 12, and Griffin, 9, play baseball. She’s looking forward to her sons participating in the Jr. Lifeguard Program this summer.

Castillo is married to Greg Castillo, a lieutenant with the Colton Police Department, who is supportive of all her volunteer work. “I drag him to all of my events,” she jokingly said. The couple relocated from Canyon Hills to Canyon Lake in 2012. Both of their parents also reside in Canyon Lake.

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