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CASA Announces Spring Fundraiser – ‘I Support CASA Day: May 15th

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) is a local 501c3 organization that advocates on behalf of children placed in foster care and depends on the support of grants, the local community, and volunteers to serve the more than 60 children currently in foster care in Polk and Sevier Counties. Executive Director Cynthia Martin is asking for the community’s continued support for ...

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CASA and Team Pulse Wear Blue for National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

BY MELANIE BUCK – CASA [Court Appointed Special Advocates] of the Ouachitas Director Cynthia Martin encouraged community members to wear the color blue on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 in support of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. In an proclamation signed by President Donald Trump on December 29, 2017, it stated, “During National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, ...

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New CASA Volunteers Sworn-In

The Honorable Judge Ryan recently swore in Donald and Annette Rogers as two of CASA of the Ouachitas’ newest volunteers for Polk County. “We are very excited to have them on our CASA team,” said Renee Hendrix of CASA. The couple has completed the required 30 hours of training and courtroom observation. CASA of the Ouachitas volunteers advocate for abused and neglected ...

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Martin Recognized for Decade of Service to CASA

BY LEANN DILBECK – The CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Board of Directors recently recognized Program Director Cynthia Martin for her 10 years of dedicated service to the program. Board Chair Amye Hebert commended Martin’s dedication to the program and said that she repeatedly goes above and beyond in her efforts to serve the vulnerable children in the program. CASA ...

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CASA to Host 18th Annual Rich Mountain Rendezvous

BY MELANIE BUCK – CASA of the Ouachitas is excited to host the 18th annual Rich Mountain Rendezvous that benefits the local advocacy agency that in turn, benefits dozens of foster children each year. The long-standing motorcycle rally tradition fills Queen Wilhelmina State Park with people who share a love of two ideas – riding motorcycles and giving to those ...

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CASA to Host Volunteer Training

BY MELANIE WADE – The Court Appointed Special Advocates of the Ouachitas, also known as CASA, will hold a new volunteer training for Polk County in September. The training will consist of 30 hours of training at the CASA office, just off of DeQueen Street in Mena. The training will also include courtroom observation. CASA volunteers advocate for foster children, ...

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Mena Emblem Club Donates to CASA

Mena Emblem Club members pictured from left to right: Lean White, President, Sheila Prestenback, State President, Judy Broyles, Judy Johncox, and Beth Scott presented a donation to Renee Hendrix of CASA of the Ouachitas to spread the joy of Christmas gifts for the children in the CASA program.

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Mena Police Dept. to Hold Fundraiser for CASA of the Ouachitas

On September 10th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Mena Police and Fire Departments are teaming up for a fundraising carwash for CASA of the Ouachitas. CASA provides advocates for children within the foster system, giving those kids a consistent relationship with someone while they are in the system and after they go back home as well. This carwash ...

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Mena Emblem Club Shows Support for CASA

Mena Emblem Club #470 recently made a donation to CASA of the Ouachitas, who advocate for children in foster care. Lena White, Sheila Prestenback, and Judy Broyles, Drug Awareness Committee Chairman, all of Mena Emblem Club #470, presented the check to Cynthia Martin of CASA. Martin stated that the donation will enable CASA to better advocate for the abused and ...

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Mayor Proclaims April as Child Abuse Awareness Month

Mayor George McKee recently signed a proclamation declaring April as Child Abuse Awareness Month in Polk County. CASA joined with DHS, Andy Riner, Elena Cannon and Krisiti Schuller to bring public awareness to this heartbreaking, on-going issue. “Child abuse casts a shadow that will last a lifetime. Please join our cause and lets stand up for children, there is no ...

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