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Nonprofits receive over $33K from Ark. Black Hall of Fame

Nonprofits receive over $33K from Ark. Black Hall of Fame

LITTLE  ROCK, Ark. – During a ceremony at the Peabody Hotel on Tuesday night, 14 nonprofit organizations serving minority communities will receive a total of $33,425 in grants from the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation fund. The grants, administered by Arkansas Community Foundation, will support projects focused on education, health and wellness, youth development and small business/economic development.

“It is very gratifying that the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame is able to have an impact on so many communities throughout Arkansas.  It is the goal of the Foundation to recognize and support the uniqueness of community projects in addressing challenges within their area.

LRFW and non-profit organization partner to make 'big' influence

LRFW and non-profit organization partner to make 'big' influence

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Little Rock Fashion Week (LRFW) is proud to announce that a new non-profit partner for LRFW 2011 is Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas (BBBSCA). Brandon D. Campbell, founder and executive director of LRFW, selected BBBSCA because of their significant contributions to improving the lives of children in our community.

Campbell knows the difference the organization makes in the lives of children because he too has been directly influenced by the organization.  From age eight to eleven years old, Campbell was a "Little."
 
"The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas provided me with so many great eye-opening first time experiences, so I think it's only fitting that I help give other children their first major fashion experience," Campbell explains.

Jackson Hewitt helps with more than tax returns

Jackson Hewitt helps with more than tax returns

CONWAY, Ark. -- Jackson Hewitt Tax Service presented a donation of over $1,300 to the Bethlehem house.

Office manager Megan Rudd said the money was earned when "we set up a table at both Wal-Marts in town at our kiosk. Everyone who stopped by registered for prizes and grand prizes. While they were there, we informed them about Bethlehem House and what the shelter does."

Area manager Tina Colclasure says they took donations for the shelter and collected $1330. "I’ve known individuals who the shelter has helped before and I know what a good job Bethlehem House does. So I wanted to help by gathering funds for building their new, larger facility."

"Jackson Hewitt Tax Preparation has put us over $1000 closer to the goal of a new shelter," said Bethlehem House Executive Director Judi Lively.

A beautiful success: Prayer Walk in the sunshine

A beautiful success: Prayer Walk in the sunshine

 After days of unceasing rain and even more heartache caused by storm damage, the sun came out and brought hope with it.

Blue skies and good news were welcomed at the Prayer Walk for Bethlehem House on Tuesday, May 3. The Walk was held at the building site for the new Bethlehem House. The land is located at 1 Parkway Avenue, also accessible from the corner of Faulkner and Duncan Streets, just blocks from the current facility.

Bethlehem House Board President, Mike Ford, expressed the mood of the event. "We’re very excited about the lives that will be touched and the new opportunities that we will have when the new larger facility is built."

 The Prayer Walk was hosted by the Capital Campaign Steering Committee and the Board of Directors of the homeless shelter.

My Town: Bethlehem House

My Town: Bethlehem House

CONWAY, Ark. -- A lot of people talk about helping the homeless, but it's a select and dedicated few who will go out of their way to help others to the extent that the Bethlehem House has done.

The 100-year-old house is the only homeless shelter in Conway. They are also unique in that they actively give residents training and make the extra effort to help get people and families back on track.

Judi lively explains. Also, former resident Beth Eakin offers her heartfelt testimony and encourages others who may be facing situations like hers. 

'Curves' makes much-needed food donation to Bethlehem House

'Curves' makes much-needed food donation to Bethlehem House

CONWAY, Ark. -- Last week, the pantry at the Christian shelter had reached very low levels. The Curves food donation will bring the pantry supplies up enough to supply food boxes for several days.

The food was donated by existing Curves members, or in lieu of a joining fee for new Curves members. Curves has a consistent history of making donations to Bethlehem House and encourages other local businesses to do the same.

Bethlehem House is supported mainly by local churches, businesses, organizations, schools and individuals like you. To help feed the hungry, you can drop non-perishable donations by the shelter at 930 Faulkner Street just off the corner of Caldwell and Faulkner. Current shortages include: canned fruits, chili, ravioli, meats and fish as well as peanut butter, breakfast cereals, rice and pasta.

Celebrate Arkansas' 175th birthday!

Celebrate Arkansas' 175th birthday!

LITTLE ROCK, AR – The Old State House Museum will mark Arkansas’s 175th Birthday with two events on Saturday, June 11, 2011, and Wednesday, June 15, 2011.

Travel Back to 1836

To observe the 175th anniversary of Arkansas statehood, the Old State House Museum and Historic Arkansas Museum are recreating life in 1836 Arkansas with a joint living history event, "175 Years of Arkansas Statehood" on Saturday, June 11, 2011. The fun will begin at the Historic Arkansas Museum with living history demonstrations highlighting everyday life in Little Rock at the time of statehood. Visitor can participate in dancing, military drills, and 18th century chores from 9 am to 12 pm.

At noon event participants and visitors will parade from the Historic Arkansas Museum to the Old State House Museum, where Arkansas’s admission to the union will be commemorated with a 26-gun salute and the raising of a 26-star U.S.