5 ways to give back in Northwest Arkansas – Axios
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The season of giving is almost upon us, so we found a few volunteer opportunities with local organizations that need your help.
- But don’t stop here. There are dozens of other worthy causes in and around NWA.
1 . Help out at a local animal shelter
Walk dogs or socialize cats at the Fayetteville Animal Shelter .
Why it matters: Volunteering helps animals at the shelter find a caring home.
What to expect: Opportunities include advocating for pet adoption, foster care, bathing and grooming dogs and more.
Details: While anyone can volunteer, those under the age of 16 will need a parent or guardian present. You must be at least 18 years old to walk dogs.
What’s next: Attend an upcoming volunteer orientation or contact the shelter to learn more.
2 . Give back to service members
Donate supplies to Socks and Cookies , a local nonprofit that sends care packages in order to deployed troops.
Why it matters: The donated snacks, hygiene kits and other items provide troops a “piece of home” while they are away from loved ones.
How to help: Purchase items from the organization’s Amazon charity list or drop off donations at their Rogers office .
Other needs: The organization also collects donations for baby care packages that support deployed military families.
3. Feed the hungry
Get involved at the Southwest Arkansas Food Bank .
The reason why it matters: Last year, the organization distributed more than 14 million pounds of food and provided 11. 3 million meals in the region.
What to expect: Volunteers sort plus pack items in the distribution center or prepare and load mobile pantries.
Details: Peruse the schedule and register to volunteer online. You must be at least 13 years old to participate , and those under 16 need an adult present.
Other needs: Join or host the food drive for products on the food bank’s needs list .
4. Sustain a public library
Donate books or even pick up shifts at The Friendly Bookstore , an all-volunteer operation supporting the Rogers Public Library.
Why it matters: The store is stocked with donations, and sales proceeds go toward the particular library’s lunch and learn programs, summer reading club along with other community services.
What to anticipate: Jobs range from greeting customers and checking them out to curating book sections and leading shifts.
Details: Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of four three-hour shifts a month. Apply online .
Other needs: Donations are accepted at the store from 11am-3pm Tuesday through Saturday.
five. Support those experiencing homelessness
Volunteer at 7hills Homeless Center or donate from the organization’s needs list .
Exactly why it matters: The center supplies food and other basic needs and resources to people experiencing homelessness and provides housing services .
What to expect: Weekly shifts include serving meals, helping in the food pantry plus organizing items in the donation room.
Details: Commit to at least one day per week for at least two hours between 8: 30am-3pm. Sign up online .
- Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.
Other needs: Clothing, hygiene products and other items can be dropped off on weekdays at their Day Center in Fayetteville.
Know a worthy cause? Email us at [email protected] , and we may feature your nonprofit in an upcoming newsletter.