Working with GivePulse (a volunteer matching platform) and its partner, Network for Good, WalmartGivesNWA is taking place until August 23rd. During this time, the Walmart Foundation will match volunteer hours by community members or associates equal to $10 in honor of each volunteer hour.
Below we've featured some of the upcoming weekend projects that are eligible for the program. The following opportunities are for the weekend of July 13th.
Northwest Arkansas African American Heritage Association: Cemetery Beautification and Clean up (Fayetteville, AR)
Saturday, July 13th
In 2014, the Northwest Arkansas African American Heritage Association was deeded the East Mountain Cemetery on Rock Street just east of Willow Street in the heart of the historically African American neighborhood in Fayetteville, AR. The cemetery was the final resting place for some of Fayetteville's earliest residents and slaves who belonged to some of the city's first settlers.
Join them as they continue to revitalize the historic East Mountain Cemetery. Huge strides have been made, but there is still plenty to do to get the cemetery where it needs to be. The long-term goal for the land is to create a learning park that includes restored grave sites, walking paths and artwork to commemorate the unmarked graves of slaves. Please bring gloves, garden tools (rakes, cutters, a weedeater and/or wheel barrow if you have one, etc.) dress for bugs (long pants, tall socks, bug spray) apply sunscreen and bring water.
Building community through history, the Northwest Arkansas African American Heritage Association is dedicated to preserving and documenting the heritage of African Americans in Northwest Arkansas. Their research and outreach take them to Benton, Carroll, Madison and Washington counties where they partner with the Arkansas Archeological Survey, other educational organizations, concerned individuals and groups to learn about and document the life experience in these communities.
Beaver Watershed Alliance: Lake Wilson Secchi Dip-In (Fayetteville, AR)
Saturday, July 13th
July is Lakes Appreciation Month! The Secchi Dip-In is an annual event where volunteers head to their local lakes and reservoirs to measure water transparency using a Secchi disk. Volunteers have been submitting information during the annual Dip-In snapshot since 1994. Join the Beaver Watershed Alliance in this international effort to track changes in water quality.
On July 13th, you can help monitor Lake Wilson in the Beaver Lake watershed and be a citizen scientist! Volunteers bring their own kayak or canoe, but all Secchi Dip-In supplies and training provided.
Sign up to volunteer through GivePulse
The Beaver Watershed Alliance was formed in 2011 to establish programming to maintain high quality drinking water in Beaver Lake and improve water quality on the Beaver Lake Watershed. The mission of BWA is to proactively protect, enhance, and sustain the water quality of Beaver Lake and the integrity of its tributaries.
Serve A Meal at Salvation Army Shelter in Fayetteville
7 Days a Week, 4pm-6pm
Help the Salvation Army Shelter in Fayetteville, AR by serving a meal to those in need. They serve dinner daily and have three open spots for volunteers for each night of the week. You can also get involved by helping them stock their pantry and assisting the clients with shopping at their Client Choice Food Pantry each Friday from 9am-noon or 1pm-4pm.
The Salvation Army of NW Arkansas was the first Area Command in Arkansas founded in 1895, and is committed to loving people without discrimination and are ultimately there to help and serve others.
Sign up to volunteer through GivePulse HERE.
Download the WalmartGivesNWA volunteer guidelines HERE.