CASA; Light of hope

An institution that provides compassionate volunteers for abuse and neglected children!


By: Carlos Chicas


CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Northwest Arkansas is a non-profit institution that provides assistance to thousands of children in Northwest Arkansas who suffer or have suffered from abuse or negligent.

CASA Board of Directors, The Executive Director, Staff, and Volunteers invites you to be part of a free breakfast on November 14 at 7:30 AM at John Q. Hammons, in Rogers.


Crystal Vickmark Executive Director of CASA works hand in hand with the CASA Board of Directors. “Our board, staff and volunteers have made a commitment to provide a CASA volunteer to all the children in our foster care system.  A volunteer who in time of doubt and confusion, a child in the overworked foster care system can rely upon anytime, every time.”

Mike Schmandt, member of CASA’s Board of Directors, said: “Light of Hope is our major annual fundraising event and is also great opportunity to recruit potential volunteer advocates to join our work. It’s an informative, inspirational, one our program.”



Thousands of children suffer from abuse around the world. CASA of Northwest Arkansas is an institution that thanks to the support of its volunteers and people like Mike Schmandt manages to provide that support and make a difference in the lives of many children and adolescents of Northwest Arkansas.

In previous years, the need for bilingual volunteers has been expressed, and Court Appointed Special Advocates of NW Arkansas would like to invite anyone who wants to donate their time and get involved in the life of a child.


This Wednesday, November 14 is a great opportunity to learn more about CASA. ” If you haven’t attended the CASA Light of Hope breakfast or lunch I’d encourage you to do so! It’s free to attend and 100% of the money raised through donations pledged at the event goes directly toward our programs to help kids in need! Every year it makes me proud to see how our community comes out to support this great event.” Mike Schmandt concluded.


Valerie Wilcoxson had the opportunity to attend this event and said “When listeniong to a speaker give her own testimomy on being a foster child and being blessed by having a CASA advocate. She went on to tell about their relatioship and how it strenghened her life. Success stoires like hers, that had their beginnings in sorrow and despair, left no dry eye in the room.” Valerie Wilcoxson concluded.   Light of Hope breakfast will have a very special guest; John Furner of Sams Club who will give a very special message to the audience. The Emcee of the event will be Jody Pinson, Vice President of Merchandise and Beauty at Walmart.

The Mission of CASA states “Court Appointed Special Advocates of Northwest Arkansas provides compassionate volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children. We are committed to ensuring a consistent voice, safe home, and promising future for children in foster care.”


If you want to learn more about CASA of Northwest Arkansas, or would like more information about the event, or how to become a volunteer, visit




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