Anyone can tell you that the people of Northwest Arkansas are generous people, helping out their neighbors and sharing with those in need. Walmart and the Walmart supplier community are steeped in this tradition.
Now, with Giving Tuesday following Cyber Monday, we have our local nonprofits on our mind even more than usual. Suppliers and individuals who need to make donations during this calendar year as a smart tax move will also be looking for worthy organizations to support.
We’d like to introduce a group of Northwest Arkansas nonprofits that exemplify this strength of our region.
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers. They team with local volunteers and sponsors to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases.
Support the Heart Association this holiday season – for all the moments you are thankful for this year, for the loved ones in your life. In Northwest Arkansas, there are four distinct events: Paint the Town Red, Go Red for Women, NWA Heart Walk and NWA Heart Ball. Visit Heart.org/NWA to learn more.
The Benton County Sunshine School and Development Center serves more than 500 people every year with special education, preschool enrichment, therapy, and community support for individuals with developmental disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, or autism.
The school started more than half a century ago with two students and their mothers as teachers, and has grown into a thriving center with a wide range of services. Volunteers can join in one-day projects, support the annual Art Show and Sunshine Gala, or sponsor needed services. To learn more: www.nwasunshineschool.org.
The Pack Shack brings people together for crazy fun Feed the Funnel parties to pack thousands of delicious, healthy meals that are given to local hunger relief groups. Parties are great for any size of group, any time!
Meals packed at Feed the Funnel parties are delicious, nutritious meals that are easy to prepare, accessible, and affordable. They are donated free of charge to local organizations, such as food banks and food pantries, to be distributed to people and/or other organizations in their area. Each recipe provides at least 10 grams of protein per serving and includes 19 essential vitamins and minerals. Learn how easy it is to host your own party at www.thepackshack.org.
The Single Parent Scholarship Fund of NWA turns POVERTY into PROSPERITY for families in Carroll, Madison and Washington counties. They do this by offering direct financial assistance to low income single parents who are pursuing a career-related course of study. SPSF NWA also offers life skill support and workshops for its scholarship recipients.
Director Jody Dilday emphasizes that support for the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas is an investment in the future of Northwest Arkansas. Graduates of SPSF NWA become part of the diverse, skilled workforce in our region’s most successful companies. This charts the course for increased security of their families and our region for generations to come.
Visit SingleParentScholarshipFundNWA.org to meet several of the inspiring scholarship recipients or to learn how you, or someone you know, can apply for a scholarship.
Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Benton County serves single parents in Benton County, providing financial support that enables students to attain self-sufficiency through post-secondary education. Scholarships are designed to supplement existing government assistance, grants and loans that enable students to raise their educational level and increase their skills so they qualify for better paying jobs and become economically independent.
The recipients may use their scholarship award to pay tuition, books, childcare, utilities, rent, car repairs, medical bills, or emergency expenses. In addition the fund offers programs that help reduce the stress of single parents’ lives, including career and personal counseling, life skills workshops, job coaching, resume writing, community referrals and academic advising. To meet one of their recipients, visit their recipient spotlight.
Youth Bridge is committed to helping the youth in our community. They provide services and programs available for a range of issues that today’s youth (ages 13-17) are facing. They offer preventative services, counseling, and shelter to strengthen families and build stronger communities. They also provide immediate help for young people in crisis.
Youth Bridge is the only Northwest Arkansas Division of Youth Services (DYS) nonprofit for court appointed community-based service and the only approved DYS residential substance abuse program in the state.
For more information, please visit their website: www.youthbridge.com
These are just a few of the organizations suppliers support here in Northwest Arkansas. Thank you to all of the supplier teams who help make our community a wonderful place to live and work!