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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.

Community

Support Survivors: Executive Director Opening at NWA Center for Sexual Assault

The NWA Center for Sexual Assault is a 37-year old nonprofit serving adult survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones - with comprehensive free services - while tirelessly working toward a safer future for all through education and awareness.

Job Description:

The Executive Director is responsible for oversight and management of all aspects of the NWA Center for Sexual Assault operations, in accordance with Center policies and best-practices. This person also works in partnership with the Board of Directors as a steward of the Center's organizational health, strategic plan and mission-driven work.

Primary Qualifications:

  • Commitment and belief in victim advocacy, social justice and the mission of the Center.
  • A demonstrated leadership commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and an understanding of the importance of this commitment for an agency serving sexual assault survivors.
  • Working knowledge of both victim-services and effective, culturally-humble community outreach efforts.
  • A demonstrated leadership commitment to collaborative partnerships, staff development, and staff relations (including an "open-door" approach to leading and a commitment to staff self-care).
A full job description including the application can be found HERE. Applications close on August 12, 2019.

NWA Center for Sexual Assault Services

The Center provides comprehensive services - in English and Spanish - for anyone in Northwest Arkansas who has been affected by rape or sexual assault. These serves include:

  • Forensic Rape Kit Exam Services. They offer free forensic rape kit exams in a compassionate, non-hospital setting. Rape kit exams gather DNA and other evidence from the survivor's body and can be performed any time within 96 hours of a rape or sexual assault. They have forensic exam clinics in both Washington and Benton counties and they utilize only trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners. In addition to collecting evidence, their nurses offer preventative antibiotics for sexually transmitted infections. For more info, visit HERE.
  • Individual Advocacy. Compassionate support, referrals and resources for the survivor and/or their loved ones to assist through every step of the healing process: from reporting to exam to court process - if the survivors chooses to report - or in whatever way the survivor needs support.
  • Therapeutic Counseling. In-depth talk therapy to assist survivors and/or their loved ones in exploring their long term healing needs. The Center provides individual, couples and family therapy for anyone dealing with the emotional impact of sexual violence, no matter when it occurred.
  • Support Groups. Their support groups give sexual assault survivors a safe place to find strength and healing in the company of other survivors. Groups meet weekly at the Center. In addition to the in-house support groups, they can come to your agency, organization or institution to provide support and educational groups for your clients who may be survivors.
  • 24-Hour Crisis Help Line. Crisis intervention, referral information and emotional support to anyone dealing with the aftermath of rape and sexual assault.

Impact Snapshot:

Other Ways to Get Involved:

For more information vist nwasexualassault.org

Education

Tyson Makes $1 Million in Funding Available for Teacher Projects in Local School Districts

Tyson Foods has partnered with DonorsChoose.org to support teachers with $1 million investment.

As part of Tyson Foods' commitment to support its plant communities, the company announced today it will fund $1 million in DonorsChoose.org projects for 46 school districts in 37 Tyson communities. The investment will bring much-needed resources to schools in Tyson communities and introduce teachers to a source of potential support for future projects.

Between August 1, 2019 and January 29, 2020, Tyson will fully fund projects posted by teachers in qualifying Tyson school districts who request up to $1,000 in classroom resources. Funding will be applied towards projects the first Monday of every month, up to $26,388 for each plant community. $50,000 has been allocated for the Springdale, Arkansas, school district, where the company's headquarters is located.

"We have a responsibility to support our communities in a variety of ways, including equipping our teachers with the resources they need as an effective way to support education," said Debra Vernon, senior director, corporate social responsibility, Tyson Foods. "Through the DonorsChoose.org model teachers can focus on the individual needs of their classrooms and students can experience new or better ways to learn."

To qualify for full funding, projects will need to be $1,000 or less, for Pre-K-12 and in Tyson districts*.

"We're so grateful for the generosity of Tyson Foods," said DonorsChoose.org founder Charles Best. "As teachers across Tyson communities gear up for the school year ahead and use DonorsChoose.org to request resources for their classroom, this support will help bring those classroom dreams to life."

School districts in the following Tyson foods communities are eligible to request funding for projects through DonorsChoose.org beginning August 1:

For more information contact: Derek Burleson, Tyson Foods, derek.burleson@tyson.com



Food Insecurity

How To Pack 30 Million Meals & Have Fun Every Step of the Way

The Pack Shack brings people together for crazy fun Feed the Funnel parties to pack thousands of delicious, healthy meals for local nonprofits across the country.

The Pack Shack, a Northwest Arkansas-based non-profit known for addressing food security through their signature Feed the Funnel parties, has surpassed 30 million meals packed for people in need across the country since its inception in 2013.

Over the past several years, hundreds of companies, faith-based organizations, schools, universities, and families have hosted Feed the Funnel parties, including: Tyson Foods, Walmart, Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield, OwensCorning, AT&T, KPMG, University of Arkansas, and The Ohio State University. Meals packed at Feed the Funnel parties typically stay in the communities in which they are packed to serve local needs. In some cases, meals have been shipped to serve people affected by natural disasters, including hurricanes Harvey and Maria.

What People are Saying

"Congratulations to the Pack Shack on reaching this significant milestone," said Curtis Barnett, president and chief executive officer of Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield. "Because of your commitment to fighting food insecurity, millions of people have benefited. Students have had better focus at school. Many people have slept better at night. And countless more have been healthier because of the nutritious meals provided through your organization. Arkansas Blue Cross is pleased to work alongside you to rally communities and feed the hungry."

"Owens Corning has partnered with The Pack Shack for over a year to combat food insecurity," noted Ann Malak, Community Relations Lead at Owens Corning in Toledo, OH. "We have engaged nearly 850 employees and packed just about 400,000 nutritious meals for our neighbors in need. The Pack Shack's Feed the Funnel party has been a great addition to our on-site volunteer project offerings. Their team is amazing to work with and their turn key event makes giving back easy and fun. I highly recommend The Pack Shack to any organization who is searching for a fun, energetic team building event to engage their employees and make a difference in their communities."

"At Tyson Foods, addressing hunger is a priority. We work diligently to get food to those in need and provide support the people who work tirelessly to end hunger every day," remarked Pat Bourke, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager. "Since 2014, Tyson Foods has engaged with The Pack Shack across the country to provide hundreds of thousands of meals for people in need. Beyond packing meals, Tyson Foods has provided product and packaging expertise to support The Pack Shack's mission."

How it Works

Bret Raymond concluded, "To host a Feed the Funnel party, a group needs an indoor location, tables, participants, and $0.25 per meal. We bring everything else needed to pack the meals, from hairnets and gloves to ingredients, supplies and equipment, to a high energy playlist and, of course, a huge gong. Parties can be hosted any time of day, any day of the week."

Groups are invited to host a Feed the Funnel party to benefit their community by reserving a date at www.thepackshack.org.

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Environment

Get Outside and Give Back: Land Conservation, Farming, and Food Recovery

Internships at the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust, unique volunteer opportunities with Seeds That Feed, board vacancies at Tri Cycle Farms, and a job opening at Cobblestone Farms.

Cover photo by Mallory Lane Photography

We recently came across several opportunities to get involved with some our favorite local nonprofits, and you'll recognize a common thread—all are about spending some quality time outdoors.

Three Internship Positions at the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust

Do you know of or are you a college student working in education, environmental studies, communications, or nonprofit management? The Northwest Arkansas Land Trust is looking for 3 individuals to join their team as an Environmental Education Intern, Land Stewardship Intern, and Communications & Development Intern.

From giving field trips at the Kessler Mountain Outdoor Classroom and Nature Center to helping monitor over 3,500 acres of conservation lands to helping spread the word about this work—the Fall internships run from August 26th to November 29th.

Now in its 16th year, NWALT is the region's only local and accredited land trust, dedicated to enhancing quality of life through the permanent protection of land. By holding and managing donated land and providing conservation easement services, the land trust protects water quality, local farms, wildlife habitat, and places for outdoor recreation while enhancing quality of life for today and future generations. The service area of the land trust includes 13 counties in Northwest Arkansas, with a core focus on Benton and Washington counties.

Learn more about the internships HERE.

CareCropping with Seeds That Feed

At the end of the farmers' market in both Fayetteville and Bentonville, local farmers donate their extra veggies to Seeds That Feed to be distributed to those in need throughout Northwest Arkansas. The team weighs, logs, and categorizes all of the donations on the square. Several organizations then meet them on the square to pick up veggies for their pantries and community meals and the rest of the produce is then delivered out to lower income communities and other pantries around Benton County and Washington County.

As part of the WalmartGivesNWA campaign, if you choose to do some "carecropping" (volunteering) with Seeds That Feed at either farmers' market the organization will earn $10 for each hour of service. To get involved in Bentonville visit HERE. To get involved in Fayetteville visit HERE.

Seeds That Feed's mission is to help grow healthier communities by providing access to healthier foods. Through the collection and distribution of surplus fresh produce ─ from area farmers directly to local hunger relief efforts ─ they are able to both increase access to under resourced populations, as well as help to eliminate waste.

Board of Directors at Tri Cycle Farms

Are you passionate about food waste and food security? Have you wanted to get involved with an urban farm or food recovery but not known how? Tri Cycle Farms is actively seeking a community member to become their board treasurer. If you or someone you know is interested, shoot an email to volunteer@tricyclefarms.org. General board members are needed as well, so spread the word!

If you are interested in learning more about what they do and how to get involved, they are hosting a Summer Open House on Saturday, July 20th! This open house is FREE and open to the public. Food and snacks will be available as you stroll through the gardens, lounge in the shade and enjoy the delights of their farm-park atmosphere! Their staff and board members will be available to answer questions.

Tri Cycle Farms is a community urban farm working to address food insecurity by growing food and teaching others to grow food. They have a beautiful, productive garden on 2 acres of land in the heart of Fayetteville.

Hiring: Farm Specialist at Cobblestone Farms

Did you know Cobblestone Farms, located in Fayetteville, donates 50% of fresh grown produce on their farm to hunger relief efforts in Northwest Arkansas? Their mission is to grow fresh food locally so they can support and teach the community the role fresh food has on health, wellness and a sustainable future.

They are currently seeking a Farm Specialist to assist in all farm production goals. This position requires knowledge in farming, high tunnel production, pest management, orchard management, plant production, fertilization management and vegetable production practices. Daily tasks include harvesting, pruning, cleaning tools, recording data, planting, seeding, fertilizing, weeding, mulching and composting. To learn more and apply visit HERE.

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