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Animals

Volunteer with a Local Animal Organization This Weekend

The Walmart Foundation is currently awarding grant dollars to area nonprofits for eligible volunteer hours by community members and associates. Here are some ways you can get involved.

This Week's Featured Projects

Below we've featured some of the upcoming volunteer opportunities that involve supporting animal organizations located in Northwest Arkansas.

Human Society for Animals: Feet for Paws (Rogers, AR)

Thursday, August 15th // Friday, August 16th // Sunday, August 18th

The Humane Society for Animals provides for the welfare of dogs and cats in Benton County through shelter and adoption services, spaying and neutering vouchers, and humane education.

If you care for animals and have a soft spot for dogs, this opportunity is for you. The shelter is looking for a few individuals that are willing to give their dogs some much needed exercise, emotional support, and unconditional love. Cat lovers are welcome too! They can use your talents to interact with their fabulous felines.

In addition, they could use some volunteers for the annual Clear the Shelters Adoption event on Saturday, August 18th. During this event, participating animal shelters waive adoption fees for all pets as part of the nationwide initiative that seeks to help families find and adopt homeless pets. Since 2015, Clear the Shelters has helped 256,688 pets find forever homes.

Learn more and sign up for one of the upcoming volunteer opportunities HERE.

Humane Society of the Ozarks: Dog Handlers (Springdale, AR)

Saturday, August 17th

The Humane Society of the Ozarks promotes the wellbeing of animals in the region through education, advocacy and rescue. Since 1944 their organization has been on the forefront of animal welfare in Northwest Arkansas. They assist other shelters and rescues by taking custody of some of their dogs at times of high census, assist with rescue of abandoned, neglected and abused animals, and they take custody of animals in need of veterinary care.

They are currently looking for volunteers for their next adoption event at Brashears Furniture in Springdale. Volunteers will pick up dogs at DogWatch Doggie Daycare in Fayetteville and bring them to the event where they will hang out with them for a few pawsome hours. They allow the dogs inside and sometimes on the furniture, so expect this to be a very chill and fun volunteer opportunity. Once the event is over, volunteers will return the pups to DogWatch.

Learn more and sign up to volunteer HERE.

Autumns ReRide Youth Ranch: Ranch Maintenance

Saturday, August 17th

Autumn's ReRide Youth Ranch is a nonprofit horse rescue and ranch located in Bentonville. The ranch provides a safe and peaceful environment where broken children, horses and families can find hope and peace within the healing glow of unconditional love freeing them from their troubles and sadness.

Each Saturday, they need help with cleaning stalls, filling water troughs, feeding horses, and other ranch duties. All ages find their special place at the ranch; whether it is caring for horses, working with children, horseback riding, or simply, taking a walk on the property.

Learn more and sign up to volunteer HERE.

During the WalmartGivesNWA campaign, the Walmart Foundation will match volunteer hours by community members or associates equal to $10 in honor of each volunteer hour, up to a maximum total volunteer matching amount of $1,000,000. The campaign ends August 23rd!

If you sign up for an upcoming volunteer opportunity be sure to tag us on social @FindingNWA and use #ImpactNWA!

Community

5 NW Arkansas Stories That Will Brighten Your Day

These local moments evoke all the good feels.

1. Pet Philanthropists: Easton and Paisley

Easton and Paisley recently celebrated their birthday. Instead of requesting gifts, they charged guests $5 to join them on their special day. What did they do with the money? Go on a shopping spree for toys? No. Buy a bunch of candy and ice cream? Nope. The two collected $320 and donated it to the Humane Society for Animals.

The Humane Society for Animals has held over 90,000 animals since it originally opened in 1963. The facility continuously houses a total of around 85 dogs and 20 cats.

2. A Passion for Pedaling

Twice a week, volunteers gather at the Pedal It Forward locations in Bentonville and Rogers to help repair and build bikes for those who can't afford them. This past week, over 100 bikes were distributed to families and a local children's shelter.

Since 2014, the volunteers at Pedal It Forward NWA have worked to distribute over 2,300 bicycles throughout Northwest Arkansas to veterans, kids, and others who can't afford a bike.

3. Filled the Bus

Annually, the United Way of Northwest Arkansas launches the "Fill the Bus" campaign to collect school supplies for local children in need. This year, nearly 500 volunteers came together over two days to fill 10 buses located throughout Northwest Arkansas. The supplies will help send over 35,000 children back to school with the tools they need to succeed.

4. Fresh Veggies Brigade

Pictured above is a collection of fresh vegetables donated by three organizations addressing local food insecurity: Seeds That Feed, Cobblestone Farms, NWA Food Bank, and friends to the Second Street Pantry in Bentonville, AR.

Are you a gardener with an overflow of vegetables? Second Street asks that you consider donating any extras from your garden to their pantry. They would love to be able to distribute them to families in the community. Drop them off on Monday morning or on Tuesdays at your convenience!

The mission of Second Street Pantry Missions, Inc. is to help make a difference in the lives of those experiencing situational or generational poverty by providing food, personal care goods, financial assistance, and education. They offer basic groceries and personal care items, limited financial assistance, and a community meal on Tuesdays at First United Methodist Church in Bentonville, AR.

5. Marshallese Got Talent

Lastly, we have a highlight video from the First Annual Marshallese Got Talent Show at the Jones Center hosted by the Marshallese Educational Initiative. We promise that if nothing else, the first 10-seconds of this video are guaranteed to warm your heart and bring a smile to your face!

Cover photo from the Marshallese Educational Initiative photo album on Facebook

Did you witness a heartwarming moment we missed? Let us know! Send your stories to alicia@findingnwa.com

Education

90 Single Parents Awarded Fall Scholarships | Now Accepting Spring Applications

Founded in 1984, Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas (SPSF NWA) creates a network of support that empowers determined single parent families through access to education in Carroll, Madison and Washington County.

The Single Parent Scholarship Fund of NWA (SPSF NWA) is proud to announce traditional scholarship allocation for the Fall 2019 semester. A total of 90 single parents from Carroll, Madison, and Washington counties have been awarded scholarships to create better, brighter futures for their families through higher education. The total value of the fall scholarships is $154,000.

Students can use their scholarship awards to cover personal and educational expenses, allowing them to overcome barriers to pursuing their degree, without having to worry about day-to-day expenses. These scholarship disbursements allow students to focus on achieving success for themselves and their families.

"As the fall semester begins, we are excited that we can offer this opportunity to hard-working, determined single moms and dads," said Executive Director, Tyler B. Clark. "The scholarship was established to offer a hand up to families who want to build a pathway to prosperity by completing their education journey. Helping our graduates secure good jobs with benefits is our ultimate goal," Clark continued.

Since 1984, SPSF NWA has awarded thousands of scholarships worth $6.5 million to 9,500 residents of Carroll, Madison, and Washington counties. The next scholarship deadline to apply for the scholarship is October 15th, for the spring 2020 semester. For a complete list of eligibility requirements, visit www.SingleParentScholarshipFund.org.

Traditional scholarships include Associate's, Bachelor's, and the M.A.T degree program. Full-time students receive $2,000 per scholarship, part-time students receive $1,000 per scholarship and have semester-based deadlines.

SPSF NWA scholarships are funded entirely by community support, which includes grants, donations and fundraising events. A private foundation has funded the organization's administrative costs, which means that community support goes directly toward scholarships and supportive programs which turn poverty into prosperity for low-income single parent headed households.

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Community

Local Internships Where the "I" Stands for Impact

These local Northwest Arkansas-based nonprofits are seeking interns for the fall semester.

Nonprofit internships can be some of the most fulfilling and meaningful work experiences one can have during their time in college. With the fall semester fast-approaching, we are happy to share that three local nonprofits have put out a final call for interns. From art education to refugee resettlement to land conservation—the opportunities to make an impact as an intern in Northwest Arkansas don't get much better than these.

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Art Feeds Interns for Fall 2019

Art Feeds is looking for a self starter, creative, continuous learner who can manage messes and enjoys making the world a little brighter + more fun. If you are unfamiliar with Art Feeds, they work with schools and children's organizations to implement creative and expressive curriculum with the primary aim of feeding the creative development and facilitating emotional expression in children. They strive to cultivate an environment where students are empowered to express themselves. Students are exposed to all forms of art: painting, drawing, dancing, sculpting, writing, music, photography, performing arts, mural making and more. They use these forms of expression to help the students explore, express and integrate emotional expression through visual, performing and creative arts. Their programs and processes are created to facilitate healing as well as cognitive and developmental growth.

Art Feeds is interested in who you are, not the awards you have received. Internships are on a semester basis and require a generous time commitment. These internships are unpaid and are located in Fayetteville, AR. No housing provided, but they are happy to work with institutions to arrange academic credit where available. Their fall internship will begin in late August and end the first week of December. Following your intern application, they may request an interview in their downtown Fayetteville office.

Interested applicants can apply HERE.

Learn more about the organization at artfeeds.org

Canopy NWA Interns for Fall 2019

Next up is Canopy NWA, who recently shared that they still have a few remaining internships available for the fall semester! If you are unfamiliar with Canopy NWA, they work to welcome refugees to Northwest Arkansas. They work to provide refugees with resettlement assistance and support, employment and integration programming, and a strong sense of community. Currently, they are looking for interns in the following areas: Volunteer Management, Refugee Employment, Health Promotion, and Refugee Child Education.

To find the full description and point of contact for each internship opportunity, visit their website at canopynwa.org/about and scroll down to the very bottom of the page or click on the position you are interested in above.

To qualify for this internship you must be enrolled in college courses.


Northwest Arkansas Land Trust Interns for Fall 2019

Lastly, we are sharing opportunities with Northwest Arkansas Land Trust. Did you know that the Land Trust permanently protects more than 3,500 acres of natural lands in Northwest Arkansas?! Check out all of the protected properties HERE. In addition, they actively manage 700 acres for wildlife habitat and program the Kessler Mountain Outdoor Classroom and Nature Center.

This semester, the Land Trust is seeking three interns to join their team. The posted positions are for an Environmental Education Intern, a Land Stewardship Intern, and a Communications and Development Intern. You can learn more about each internship opportunity at nwalandtrust.org/internships.

Applications close on August 12th, 2019

Technology

GiveCamp NWA: A Weekend Where Tech and Creative Pros Unite to Help Local Nonprofits

GiveCamp Northwest Arkansas is an annual event that provides free tech solutions for local nonprofits.

Applications open for GiveCamp NWA 2019

Local nonprofits can now apply for free tech solutions from GiveCamp NWA, a Northwest Arkansas organization that serves fellow nonprofits. Applications for GiveCamp NWA 2019 will close on Monday, August 5th.

GiveCamp NWA is an organization that hosts an annual, weekend-long event of the same name where technology and creative professionals volunteer to provide free technology solutions to approved nonprofits. Nonprofits can apply at givecampnwa.org. Only 501(c)(3) organizations that are both located in Arkansas and serve Northwest Arkansas in some way will be considered. The project that is requested must also deemed feasible to be completed over the weekend. GiveCamp NWA 2019 is October 4-6 in Rogers. An average of 10 nonprofits are usually selected each year.

"Usually what nonprofits ask for is a new website, but we have been able to branch out into other technology and creative assets including coding for a virtual 'waiting room' and logo design," said Chris Whittle, GiveCamp NWA board president. "We look forward to possibly branching out into more projects for local nonprofits."

One of 2018 nonprofits was the Arkansas Early Childhood Association, which needed an updated website.

"The Arkansas Early Childhood Education has benefited tremendously from our complete website renovation. The membership database plug-in alone has increased our membership renewals 10-fold per month since its launch," said AECA President Debbie Mays. "Our beautiful new website is a great representation of amazing educators we represent. We are forever grateful to (our GiveCamp team)."


Brian Miller, president of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals Ozark Roundtable, shared about the website and logo their GiveCamp team developed.

"Our local roundtable struggled with its identity for decades and with the help of these professionals, we were able to not only create our individual identity, we now have an amazing website! This tool has impacted our ability to grow our membership base by 12 percent," he said.

The I'll Fly Away Foundation was another 2018 nonprofit recipient.

"The team of professionals at GiveCamp NWA helped to modernize the I'll Fly Away Foundation website and make it more user-friendly," said Kevin, Bernier, co-founder. "They also taught us how to update the website on our own so we can continually add new information."

Jamie Smith, GiveCamp NWA board member, said that applications for volunteers will open in August, once the organizing committee has a better feel for the project needs. Organizers are also actively recruiting sponsors for the event. Information about volunteering and sponsoring is also available on the GiveCampNWA website. Writers, web designers, developers, and project managers are all needed to make this event a success. Sponsors can donate in-kind items or make a financial donation.

Check out Jamie's recent interview on Ozarks at Large HERE.

For more information email info@givecampnwa.org or visit their website at givecampnwa.org.

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