Non-profits across the nation are experiencing significant disruptions in donations since the coronavirus pandemic was declared. Like other sectors across America, many are having to layoff employees amid sharp budget deficits. Adding to the economic carnage are the benefactors of these non-profits who are already vulnerable and experience additional loss of services and suffering. CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is one such local organization. Their benefactors are the abused and neglected children in Polk and Sevier Counties who are taken into the foster care system.


Cynthia Martin, Executive Director, for the non-profit noted that the stress of this time causes increases stresses in the home and unfortunately, the children directly suffer from either inadequate resources, abuse, or overall neglect. “While much of America has essentially stopped, the need to advocate for the safety and well-being of these children has not,” said Martin. She noted they have seen a spike in “in-takes” with more children at home during the day rather than at school.


“We have been fortunate and have received a Paycheck Protection Loan and a $1,000 emergency grant from National CASA through the CARES Act but have had some fundraising events cancelled. We have chosen to continue with an upcoming golf tournament fundraiser on May 30. We believe that golf lends itself to proper social distancing and being outdoors adds to all possible safety protocols being observed,” Martin added.


Unfortunately, this event, like many others, has recruited less than half of the number of teams as last year. Martin is hopeful by sharing the mission of the organization and the need that more golfers will choose to join them for the event. “This is not a super competitive golfing event. It’s a fun event that supports the abused and neglected children in our area. We’re grateful for the support of The Mena Star and KAWX in helping us promote the event as well as Union Bank our gold sponsor. There are a number of businesses who have sponsored holes but we greatly need additional teams to help raise needed funds to support our non-profit.”


The event is scheduled for May 30 at the Mena Country Club. It is a 3-person scramble, $225 per team. For more information, contact Martin at cmartin1209@yahoo.com or 479.234.8566.


5-14-20 6:17 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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