Purple Flower receives 501c3 designation

Friday, March 25, 2016

The Purple Flower domestic violence resource center is officially a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

At the Carroll County Quorum Court's meeting Monday night, The Purple Flower volunteer Linda Maiella explained how being a 501c3 will allow the domestic violence resource office to seek more funding. Now, Maiella said, the office can begin creating grants for larger funding sources.

She recalled when the Purple Flower was established in late 2014, saying it was a complete grassroots movement from the beginning. Before achieving 501c3 status, Maiella said the office received donations throughout the community.

"We have relied on private and church donations large and small," Maiella said.

An email from The Purple Flower further explains what the office needs to get better funding. The emails says the office is seeking a person to lead a fundraising committee, a job that will include approaching prospective donors, writing grants and organizing fundraising events.

So far, the office is doing pretty well on planning fundraising events. Maiella said two Berryville High School students chose to help The Purple Flower as part of their senior project. The students, Maiella said, have planned two fundraisers in April.

The first fundraiser is a dinner, slated for 6 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at Kings River Church at 796 N. Highway 221 in Berryville. The second is a car wash planned for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 9, at Community First Bank in Berryville.

"We are so impressed with [the students] for their commitment to serve The Purple Flower," Maiella said.

Maiella noted that The Purple Flower is planning a third fundraiser during the Nuits Rose Festival in Eureka Springs from Friday, May 6, through Sunday, May 8. She said the fundraiser will be a benefit auction.

Along with the fundraisers, The Purple Flower will host an open house from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, at its new location on Church Street in Berryville. Maiella encouraged all Carroll County residents to come see how the office looks and to learn more about what it does.

"The Purple Flower exists to help to support and to encourage. We help empower women," Maiella said.

Anyone can make a tax-deductible donation to The Purple Flower, she added. Maiella said these donations would help offset operating costs such as rent and utilities, as well as allow volunteers to print more brochures describing The Purple Flower's objectives.

"We need you to care," Maiella said. "Let's all work together to end domestic violence in Carroll County."

For more information on The Purple Flower, call 479-981-1676.

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