Giv­ing back

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - PROFILES -


CASA of North­west Arkansas was re­cently awarded a $26,000 grant from Jew­el­ers for Chil­dren to in­crease the num­ber of vol­un­teers who rep­re­sent the best in­ter­ests of abused and ne­glected chil­dren in court. This com­pet­i­tive award is part of a $625,000 grant that JFC made to the Na­tional Court Ap­pointed Spe­cial Ad­vo­cates As­so­ci­a­tion.

CASA of North­west Arkansas is com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing a vol­un­teer ad­vo­cate to ev­ery child who needs one by 2020. Meet­ing this goal will re­quire a 33 per­cent in­crease in its over­all vol­un­teer base over the next three years. The Jew­el­ers for Chil­dren grant, aimed at grow­ing the vol­un­teer base through tar­geted mar­ket­ing, will put the or­ga­ni­za­tion one step closer to serv­ing ev­ery fos­ter child in need.

Cir­cle of Life Hospice

Cir­cle of Life Hospice, an or­ga­ni­za­tion that pro­vides com­pas­sion­ate end-of-life care to pa­tients and their fam­i­lies, has re­ceived a fur­ni­ture do­na­tion from La-Z-Boy Fur­ni­ture of Siloam Springs. La-Z-Boy do­nated new fur­ni­ture val­ued at ap­prox­i­mately $30,000 to be used in the main living room area of the Ear­lene Howard Hospice Home in Spring­dale.

Cir­cle of Life Hospice is fo­cused on qual­ity of life for pa­tients and their fam­i­lies dur­ing their fi­nal months. This gift will as­sist in ex­pand­ing Cir­cle’s mis­sion to pro­vide com­pas­sion­ate endof-life care for a per­son’s body, mind, spirit and fam­ily when there is no longer a cure.

Boys & Girls Clubs

In con­junc­tion with the Wal­mart NW Arkansas Cham­pi­onship pre­sented by P&G, the Wal­mart Foun­da­tion an­nounced three grants to­tal­ing $650,000 to area Boys & Girls Clubs of North­west Arkansas

The three grants were awarded to the Boys & Girls Club of Ben­ton County, Boys & Girls Club of Siloam Springs and the Don­ald W. Reynolds Boys & Girls Club of Fayet­teville.

■ Boys & Girls Club of Ben­ton County: The grant will serve more than 2,200 youth through the club’s af­ter school and sum­mer youth pro­grams at its four fa­cil­i­ties, Ben­tonville, Rog-

ers, Teen Cen­ter in Ben­tonville and Bella Vista.

■ Boys & Girls Club of Siloam Springs: The grant will pro­vide more than 920 chil­dren and youth ac­cess to the club’s pro­grams by re­duc­ing fees in 2018 at four sites, Siloam Springs, De­catur, Gravette and Gen­try. ■ Don­ald W. Reynolds Boys & Girls Club of Fayet­teville: The grant will pro­vide more than 1,700 club mem­ber­ship schol­ar­ships to adults, chil­dren and fam­i­lies living in Wash­ing­ton County.

Amer­i­can Red Cross

The Farm Credit As­so­ci­a­tions in Arkansas do­nated $13,000 to the North­east Arkansas chap­ter of the Amer­i­can Red Cross to sup­port flood re­lief ef­forts across the state.

Wide­spread flood­ing in late April killed five peo­ple and dis­placed hun­dreds of Arkansans. The Red Cross served more than 7,500 meals, dis­trib­uted nearly 1,700 clean-up kits and pro­vided 1,000 overnight shel­ter stays.

Peace at Home

As part of Tyson Foods’ ef­forts to raise the world’s ex­pec­ta­tions for how much good food can do and its char­i­ta­ble fo­cus on build­ing health­ier com­mu­ni­ties, health­ier peo­ple and ad­dress­ing food inse­cu­rity, the com­pany awarded nearly $400,000 in com­mu­nity grants to 17 non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions in 10 states.

The com­pany’s ef­forts to build health­ier com­mu­ni­ties in­clude sup­port for com­mu­nity foun­da­tions, ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions and emer­gency med­i­cal ser­vices (EMS). Ex­am­ples in­clude $20,000 to the Vi­enna, Ga., Fire De­part­ment for res­pi­ra­tory

equip­ment, and $25,000 to the Peace at Home Fam­ily Shel­ter in Fayet­teville for Tyson chap­lain train­ing to man­age do­mes­tic abuse. A $15,000 grant was awarded to the Rogers Pub­lic Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion (RPEF) in Rogers for teacher mi­cro grants at schools near com­pany fa­cil­i­ties. The mi­cro grants pro­gram al­lows teach­ers from across the district to ap­ply for funds that will pro­vide en­hanced learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for their stu­dents, such as in­creased tech­nol­ogy in the class­room, out­door ed­u­ca­tion ini­tia­tives, op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents to be ac­tive, and other pro­grams with ap­pro­pri­ate rel­e­vancy.

Tyson Foods is also investing in im­prov­ing the lives of its team mem­bers and their fam­i­lies. A ma­jor ex­am­ple is Up­ward Academy, a work­place ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram that fo­cuses on the needs of plant work­ers, many of whom are im­mi­grants. Grants to sup­port Up­ward Academy in­clude $46,660 to Ozark Lit­er­acy Coun­cil for English as a Sec­ond Lan­guage (ESL), Gen­eral Ed­u­ca­tion De­vel­op­ment (GED) and ci­ti­zen­ship classes. An ad­di­tional $13,500 was awarded to the Spring­dale School District to pro­vide Tyson Foods’ team mem­bers with chil­dren in the district the op­por­tu­nity to re­ceive en­roll­ment sup­port ser­vices dur­ing a back to school event.

Build­ing on Tyson Foods’ long-stand­ing com­mit­ment to ad­dress hunger inse­cu­rity, $25,000 was awarded to the Tar­rant Area Food Bank in Fort Worth, Texas, for a mo­bile food pantry. In ad­di­tion, $25,000 was awarded to Neosho Bright Fu­tures in Neosho, Mo., for a back­pack pro­gram that will pro­vide week­end meals for preschool chil­dren to high school stu­dents.

Hunger re­lief and in­no­va­tion in­ter­sect with a $24,680 grant to the River Bend Food Reser­voir, which will use the funds for lo­gis­tics soft­ware and in­ven­tory track­ing across a 22-county area in Iowa and Illi­nois. The soft­ware will re­duce staff time cre­at­ing daily routes, lower trans­porta­tion costs and im­prove cus­tomer ser­vice to the more than 300 part­ner agen­cies the food bank serves.

Other or­ga­ni­za­tions Tyson Foods sup­ported with re­cent grants in­clude:

Catholic Char­i­ties, Omaha, Neb., $25,000, food pantry; Clarksville School District, Clarksville, $15,000, ESL train­ing; Flintville Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment, Flintville, Tenn., $9,614, swift water train­ing and boat; Fort Smith Adult Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­ter, Fort Smith, $15,794, Mo­bile Dig­i­tal Lit­er­acy Lab; Free­store Foodbank, Cincinnati, Ohio, $20,000, op­er­a­tional sup­port; House of Hope Res­cue Mis­sion, Spring­dale, $24,000, Op­er­a­tional sup­port; NW Tech­ni­cal In­sti­tute, Spring­dale, $15,794, Mo­bile Dig­i­tal

Lit­er­acy Lab; Sec­ond Har­vest Food Bank of Mid­dle Ten­nessee, Nashville, Tenn., $23,500, op­er­a­tional sup­port and hunger re­lief; and United Way of North­west Arkansas, Low­ell, $25,000, driver ed­u­ca­tion. Send in­for­ma­tion about char­i­ta­ble giv­ing to our­town@nwadg. The North­west Arkansas Demo­crat-Gazette re­serves the right to in­clude in­for­ma­tion only if photos are of poor qual­ity. Giv­ing Back ap­pears in the Thurs­day Our Town sec­tion and the Sun­day Pro­files sec­tion.

Cour­tesy photo

Mem­bers of the North­west Arkansas Home Builders As­so­ci­a­tion present a $1,050 check to rep­re­sen­ta­tives from North­west Arkansas Com­mu­nity Col­lege to pro­vide a schol­ar­ship for con­struc­tion tech­nol­ogy stu­dents in­ter­ested in res­i­den­tial con­struc­tion. The North­west Arkansas Home Builders Foun­da­tion, un­der the su­per­vi­sion of the NWA Home Builders As­so­ci­a­tion, sup­ports con­struc­tion ed­u­ca­tion in the high schools and at the com­mu­nity col­lege. A rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the foun­da­tion also serves on the ad­vi­sory board for NWACC’s con­struc­tion tech­nol­ogy de­gree pro­gram. Pic­tured, from left, for the June 27 pre­sen­ta­tion are Keith Peter­son, NWACC’s dean of work­force de­vel­op­ment; Jeremy Lewis, Home Builders As­so­ci­a­tion board vice pres­i­dent; Erin Main, board pres­i­dent; Aaron Wirth, board mem­ber; Steve Ab­shire, board mem­ber; Brenda Jones, board mem­ber; David Hargrave, board mem­ber; EJ John­son, board pres­i­dent-elect; An­netta Tirey, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of de­vel­op­ment for the NWACC Foun­da­tion; and Marissa Fahrig, NWAHBA ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer.

Cour­tesy photo

The Sa­mar­i­tan Com­mu­nity Cen­ter has re­ceived funds from this year’s Ar­vest 1 Mil­lion Meals Cam­paign. The $12,992.90 fi­nan­cial do­na­tion will sup­port SCC’s Snack­Packs for Kids pro­gram dur­ing the 2017-18 aca­demic year, and the 1,073 canned food items will be given out through the Sa­mar­i­tan Mar­ket food pantry. The money and in-kind do­na­tions were col­lected at Rogers’ Ar­vest bank­ing lo­ca­tions. Ev­ery year Ar­vest launches its 1 Mil­lion Meals cam­paign to help fight hunger in the four-state area. This year, the banks and their cus­tomers raised a to­tal of 1,881,283 meals. Pic­tured are Ar­vest Rogers em­ploy­ees Regina Vel­liz (from back row, left), Whit­ney John­son, Ju­lian Her­nan­dez, Michella Seawright and Greg Stan­fill; and Ar­vest Rogers em­ploy­ees Katy Leis (front row) and Kelly Hutchi­son, Deb­bie Rambo, SCC ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor, and Shan­non Green, SCC in-kind do­na­tion man­ager.

Cour­tesy photo

Steel Horse Motorcycle Rally Pres­i­dent Den­nis Snow and Board of Di­rec­tors pre­sented a $4,000 check to the Fort Smith Mu­seum of His­tory July 14. Through an ap­pli­ca­tion process, the mu­seum was se­lected as one of four char­i­ties to re­ceive pro­ceeds from the 2017 rally held May 5-6 in down­town Fort Smith.

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