Local nonprofits to participate in ArkansasGives Day on April 2

Friday, March 27, 2015

On Thursday, April 2, giving will be only a click away.

A project of the Arkansas Community Foundation, ArkansasGives Day will take place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m at www.ArkansasGives.org. On the website, Arkansas citizens can donate to their choice of more than 350 nonprofits in the state, with a $25 minimum donation. One person can donate money to up to 10 nonprofits in one transaction.

Janell Robertson, executive director of the Carroll County Foundation, said more than 100 regional nonprofits with a presence in Carroll County have signed up to participate. Of those, she said, five nonprofits founded and operated in Carroll County will be eligible for donations.

She said those nonprofits -- Flint Street Fellowship, Loaves & Fishes Food Bank, Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point, The Cradle and the Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow -- will qualify for extra benefits depending on how much money they raise.

"Not only are we encouraging people to contribute, but we're also encouraging the nonprofits to participate by offering them bonus dollars," she said. "We're just trying to raise money for people doing good work in Carroll County."

Linda Caldwell, director of the Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow, encouraged Carroll County citizens to donate to the nonprofit. She explained that writers are housed and fed at the colony while writing, adding that the colony also hosts various workshops and readings.

"Do you like to read?" Caldwell said. "Because books are written at the Writers' Colony. This is where writers come to get work done."

Becky Sproameier, a volunteer at The Cradle, said donations to the nonprofit are a way to support life.

"We're here for the needs of young women as a mother. I really thoroughly love volunteering here. It's a valuable thing to support," she said.

Jeanne Thompson, who works with Loaves & Fishes Food Bank, noted the important role the food bank plays in the community. Loaves & Fishes, she said, directly gives back to the community.

"Nowhere else can you give so little and turn around and give your neighbors so much," she said.

She added that the food bank, located at 301 Bunch Springs Road in Berryville, will be open for anyone lacking Internet access during the donation day.

Saying this is the first year ArkansasGives Day has taken place, Robertson said she is excited to see the results.

"There's just so much going on. I think this year's going to be an interesting learning experience," she said. "With that many nonprofits participating, I hope we can generate some interest in what we're doing and what they're doing."

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