Nonprofits add new facilities, management and more

Friday, January 3, 2020

By Samantha Jones

Eureka Springs is one of eight cities to be named the 2019 Volunteer Community of the Year at the Arkansas Municipal League’s awards ceremony on Feb. 13, and for good reason. Here’s a list of our most active nonprofits and what they’ve accomplished in 2019.

* ECHO Village, an affordable housing community, completed 10 of 26 planned homes in 2019. The community features a garden, chickens and more. All the homes were completed with the help of volunteers.

* The Eureka Springs Community Center unveiled the new fitness center in May and, along with it, new hours. The community center is now open from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thurdsay and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

* Longtime Flint Street Fellowship director Pat Kasner retired in March, ushering in an era of new leadership. New directors Donna Artzer and Paula Koch announced the Pat Kasner Angel Assistance Fund in July, which provides utility and rent assistance to those in need.

* Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge kicked off the year by rescuing five tigers from a facility in Oklahoma. In May, the refuge received a $100,000 grant for the veterinary care program. The refuge began fundraising to build a new well in July and is on track to finish the project by the beginning of 2020.

* A Cup of Love Ministry received enough donations to put a down payment on the building at 4032 E. Van Buren, allowing the organization to purchase and make some changes to the building. The ministry now serves as an overnight shelter in very hot or very cold weather and has considerably grown its volunteer base moving into 2020.

* Good Shepherd Humane Society brought in new management in October, welcoming new director Chelsea Gahr and assistant director Cole Wakefield. Between October and December, the shelter transferred 31 dogs to shelters in Minnesota, Michigan and Montana. The Berryville thrift store experienced a few improvements throughout the year and thrift store manager Janet Chupp said those improvements will continue in 2020.

* The Purple Flower Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Resource and Support Center received a grant allowing the organization to add two new part-time advocates and new hours. The center is now open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

* The ECHO Clinic received significant donations to its dental program through the annual Silver Tea. The proceeds will help the program expand its outreach in 2020 to provide free dentures to those in need.

* The Eureka Springs Historical Museum unveiled the restored Carry A. Nation mural on Dec. 7. Originally painted by Louis Freund in 1940, the mural was restored through a partnership with Norton Arts.

* Eureka Springs School of the Arts dedicated its new Wood & Iron Studios to the Windgate Charitable Foundation on Aug. 8. Director Kelly McDonough said the school will continue to expand its facilities in 2020.

* Five & Dime Drama Collective added new executive creative producer Kenn Woodard in July and held its 2019 Fall Performance Series in November.

* The Holiday Island Rotary Club expanded the Carroll County Youth Literacy Rotary Foundation, Inc. program to Berryville and Green Forest, allowing all the children in Carroll County to receive a free book monthly until they turn 5. To register, call 479-244-9595.

* The Eureka Springs Rotary Club gave away more than 200 pairs of shoes and ordered 50 more pairs at the annual Samaritan’s Feet shoe giveaway on Aug. 11.

* The Berryville Rotary Club donated $5,000 to the Berryville Community Center to pay for a new pavilion in January and held the second annual Princess Ball in November.

* Longtime Loaves & Fishes volunteer Lieu Smith received the Volunteer of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award at the Carroll County Community Foundation’s Youth Advisory Council Giving Tree Awards on May 3. Loaves & Fishes will continue to serve the hungry in 2020.

* People Helping People fills more than 700 prescriptions for Carroll County residents annually and began an annual fundraiser throughout the month of June at Mercy Hospital Berryville where the organization accepted donations in the hospital cafeteria.

* The Mission Clinic of Berryville plans to use a Carroll County Community Foundation Giving Tree grant to purchase medication for patients in need.

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