BY MELANIE BUCK –
Several area organizations are hoping to receive much needed support through the annual ArkansasGives program. ArkansasGives is a 12-hour online giving event that will be held on April 6th, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is sponsored by the Arkansas Community Foundation.
ArkansasGives challenges all Arkansans to make a donation in recognition of the vital work all local charitable organizations do. “Whether it’s feeding the hungry, caring for the elderly, or mentoring our children, the work of Arkansas’s nonprofits affects every citizen and helps improve every community. ArkansasGives is a chance for our state to say thanks,” states their website, www.arkansasgives.org.
Polk County organizations that will benefit from the event include: Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, ARVAC, INC., Bost, Inc., CASA of the Ouachita Region, Inc., Clarice’s Room of Hope, Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center, Donald W. Reynolds Cancer Support House, First Step, Inc., Fort Smith Trolley Museum, Fresh Start Pregnancy Resource Center, Friends of the Ouachita Trail, Girls Shelter of Fort Smith, Inc., Healthy Connections, Inc., Mena Art Gallery, Ouachita Artists Gallery and Studio, Ouachita Little Theatre, Our Promise Cancer Resources, Polk County Developmental Center, Inc., Rich Mountain Community College Foundation, River Valley Regional Food Bank, The CALL, and United Way of the Ouachitas. More organizations may be added the closer the date gets, be sure to visit their website and search Polk County to see the list of beneficiaries.
In addition to the local and regional organizations that benefit Polk County, there is also a list of statewide non-profits that also serve the county. Go to www.arkansasgives.org for a complete list.
As a special incentive to give, each gift made through ArkansasGives on April 6th will be matched with additional bonus dollars, giving all participating nonprofits a portion of a pool of bonus dollars made possible through the Arkansas Community Foundation. The more that is donated, the more the organizations will receive in bonus dollars.
For more information, visit their website, or ask one of the non-profits above.