As much as we try to be mindful of the fact, we sometimes forget that the time we spend serving the community and the money and resources we contribute to charitable causes are just as much about what we give as what we receive. What we receive—not the tax write-offs, but the heightened awareness, the experience, the "warm" feelings, the peace of mind, etc.—are the fuel that keep our tanks of compassion full. Each of these opportunities offer a chance for us to replenish our tanks of compassion.
All children deserve a safe, comfortable place to lay their heads.
So many great charities provide clothing, meals, and toys to families in need, but how many organizations offer suitable beds and bedding to the kids in these families? This is the gap Sleep in Heavenly Peace wants to help fill. If a child needs a bed, they want to make sure they get one. Their motto is "No kid sleeps on the floor in our town". To do this, local chapter's of SHP organize Community Builds to build, assemble, and deliver top-notch bunk beds to children and families in need.
If you would like to get involved, the Bentonville chapter of SHP will host their next community build on Saturday, March 9th from 9am-3pm! You can sign up HERE. You can learn more about SHP below.
Sleep in Heavenly Peace Bentonville is aiming to construct and deliver 100 beds. To do so, they'll need to raise around $17,500. If you would like to contribute visit HERE. You can also follow them on Facebook HERE.
"How can we come alongside your life in a meaningful way?"
This is the question a houseless gentleman living in Ventura California was asked in the early 2000s. His response, "If I had clean clothes I think people would treat me like a human being.", would inspire the creation of Laundry Love—an initiative that has assisted thousands of families across the nation. The Laundry Love initiative consists of regular opportunities to come alongside people who are struggling financially by assisting them with their laundry. Laundry Love partners with groups and local laundromats in cleaning clothes and linens of low-income or no-income families and individuals.
The local chapter of Laundry Love has offered laundry love to neighbors in need in its three locations every month for the past ten years. The organization has offered laundry love to neighbors in need in its three locations every month for the past ten years. See when and where these nights take place below.
- Rogers // 1st Friday of Every Month at 6pm // Westwood Laundromat at 112 N. 13th St., Rogers, AR 72756
- Fayetteville // 1st Friday of Every Month at 5:30pm // Kamp Laundry at 549 W. 15th St., Fayetteville, AR 72701
- Springdale // 3rd Thursday of Every Month at 5:30pm // Park Street Laundry at 617 Park St., Springdale, AR 72764
Laundry Love is one of the community care initiatives of Serve NWA.
Don't Look Away: Homelessness in Northwest Arkansas
On Tuesday, February 5th, All Saints' Episcopal Church in Bentonville Arkansas is showing a student-produced documentary that examines issues facing the homeless in Northwest Arkansas. Over the course of two semesters, the graduate students crafted stories that give viewers a chance to understand both the unique challenges and complicated stories of this population. The screening will be followed by table and group discussions that seeks to identify ways our community can work together to address the issue. If you're able, the organizers have asked for attendees bring a new blanket or sleeping bag that will be distributed to the area homeless. While this is an opportunity to be in the company of likeminded people ready to take action, you can also view the documentary online. Facebook event details can be found HERE.
"To be home is to be happy in the place where you are." - Abwe Abedi
Canopy Northwest Arkansas is working to support refugees who are resettling in our community. Vital to carrying out that mission, are the local co-sponsors that partner with Canopy to help the refugee families integrate into the community. The co-sponsor teams (8 to 12 volunteers) commit to spending at least 20 hours a month with the refugee family for at least 4-6 months after they arrive. These team can be formed by your workplace, your school, your church—or just a group of your friends. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, Canopy is hosting their next co-sponsor training on February 2nd, 2019. To sign up, email Lauren Snodgrass at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can find more information about the co-sponsorship program HERE. Learn more about Canopy below.
In Northwest Arkansas, we #LoveOneAnother.