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May 2016

Office Renovation Inspiration

May 26, 2016

OFFICE RENOVATION
Work environment is very important to any healthy, functioning team! Life is a whirlwind here at The Salvation Army, and we often forget to take the time to care for ourselves (and our space!) as we are caring for others in need.

But this month, we decided that this 10 year old (probably older than 10 years!) paint job needed a refresh! So we cleaned up, cleaned out, painted and redecorated. And along with the new paint, came some new office furniture pieces that we found at our thrift stores!! So check out our Office Reno inspiration and maybe you’ll catch the renovation bug!

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Before: Our offices were outdated to say the least! For starters, the bland, neutral walls needed some pep. Several of the office colors did not match leaving the space feeling incoherent. Many of our walls had lovely wallpaper borders gracing the ceilings- yikes! And the carpet was a blue, grey mix- simple, but old and worn.

Paint Colors

Prep Work: We chose a neutral, putty color called Haze from Behr as the base color and used Forbidden Red and Alter Ego for accent walls. The carpet is jewel-toned giving the space a professional feel with a splash of deep red color.

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After: The new paint, and fresh carpet really gave our offices a great new look! We took the wallpaper borders down (woo!) and painted old, orange wood cabinets a neutral color to give them a more polished professional look!

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1) These comfy chairs were found at our Fayetteville Thrift Store and listed for $69.50 as a set. Perfect for our HR office!
2) Love this shelf that I found at our Fayetteville Thrift Store. It came in a subtle green, but after some sanding and a new paint of coat, this brilliant white makes a nice statement against the purple wall!
3) This craft table came from our Rogers Thrift Store listed at $35! The original wood was beautiful so we sanded down and finished off the job with an English Chestnut interior stain. Loving the new standing desk!!
4) This great side table was also found at our Rogers Thrift Store. For a vintage look, the table got a neutral paint color with some intentionally roughed edges.

Volunteer Luncheon 2016

May 13, 2016

Volunteers are an integral part of who we are here at The Salvation Army!! We absolutely could not carry on without the generosity and sacrifice of each individual and group that has walked alongside of us this past year. That is why honoring them is such a blessing for us!

This year we had over 9,000 volunteer hours served in our various programs. Whether that be serving meals, ringing bells, deep cleaning shelters, or organizing in the thrift store, each and every hour given has changed this community!

It was such an honor to celebrate our amazing supporters this week!
Here’s a peek into the afternoon.

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We had the privilege of honoring a few individuals and groups who really went above and beyond! Check out the recipients!!

KETTLE AWARDS 2015

Top Individual Bell Ringer for Fayetteville: Laura Bennett
Top Group Bell Ringer for Fayetteville: Fellowship Bible Church in Fayetteville

Fayetteville
Top Individual Bell Ringer for Rogers/Bentonville Area: Wayne Cooper
Top Group Bell Ringer for Rogers/Bentonville Area: Benton County Sheriff’s Department

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Top Group Bell Ringer for Springdale: J.B. Hunt Transportation Inc. Services
Top Individual Bell Ringer for the Springdale: John Tackel

Springdale

Community Resource Award- Edwards Children’s Trust
The Community Resource Award is presented to an individual or group that chooses to support The Salvation Army with a unique resource necessary to the success of our programs. Each year, a warehouse for Angel Tree gift sorting and distribution must be obtained, and this year’s recipient graciously provided that space free of charge (and has done so for three years)!!

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Community Partner Award- SamsClub.com
The Community Partner Award is presented to a business or corporation that has shown great support through volunteerism, financial gifts, and the unique meeting of needs throughout the year. This year, we were thrilled to present the Community Partner Award to the team at Samsclub.com! They provided our shelter guests with Christmas gifts, deep cleaned our shelter, supported us financially and spread awareness of our mission throughout their community.

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Volunteer Individual of the Year- Sharon Gregory
The Volunteer Individual of the Year Award is presented each year to one individual who exemplifies commitment and service to The Salvation Army. This year, we proudly honored a woman who faithfully serves at our Bentonville Shelter each and every Monday, cooking and serving the dinner meal for our residents.

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Volunteer Group of the Year- Fellowship Bible Church in Fayetteville
This award is presented to a group that has given an incredible number of hours to The Salvation Army, enabling us to better serve this community because of their continued commitment. This year’s recipients continually reached out, asking to serve us with any and every need that arose. They rang bells for four weekends, painted our Fayetteville Shelter, did maintenance around our property and are still asking for ways to serve. A huge thank you and congratulations to Fellowship Bible Church in Fayetteville for their commitment and service this past year!

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A final recognition that we could not go without mentioning! To Bart Sego and the team at Fellowship Bible Church of NWA, a HUGE thank you for the use of your facilities! You guys made the event a breeze!

We hope to see you at our Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon next year!!
Want to know how to get involved? Check out our volunteer webpage.

Life Cycle, Upcycle

May 2, 2016

Guest Post | Keisha McKinney of Big Pitt Stop
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Clean up and clean out. We all have to do it at one time or another.

My recent marriage brought with it a big move across the state. While excited about combining my life with my love, I was a little overwhelmed at all the “stuff” in my life. You see when you’re a single gal, it’s pretty easy to justify why you have everything you have.

But, when you have to tell a guy why you need 3 different sizes of kitchen spatulas or the difference between “pretty” baskets and “utility” baskets, words begin to fail you.

And then to justify it to the people loading boxes into a moving truck…you start thinking about all the things it might be time to get rid of. And, since I’m surrounded by loads of generous people in my life, my “things” I had collected while living on my own as an adult for 12 years were being replaced with new wedding gifts. Since I don’t really like waste in any part of my life, I wanted to do something beneficial with the items I was purging from my place.

Enter The Salvation Army Thrift Store!
The perfect opportunity to clean out my good things and give them to a good place.

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I had recently read this article about Opportunity on The NWA Salvation Army blog and it was such a good reminder of the “new” life my “used” things could find. And, when I did a little research and found out that The Salvation Army Stores in Northwest Arkansas fund a free Alcohol Addiction Recovery Program in the area and that $.82 of every dollar sold in their stores are reinvested into the programs provided by The Salvation Army, I WAS SOLD.

As I cleaned out closets, emptied drawers and finally looked in those boxes in my garage, I found myself more motivated as I thought about the stories of the lives that would be changed.

Hope. Opportunity. Championing. Support.

Those were the words that went through my mind as I built the mound of donated items in my living room. And, these were good items too. I started thinking that this was not the opportunity to get rid of my junk (that’s what the trash bin was for) but this was my chance to get rid of good things, usable things that people need to find at a thrift store and that I don’t have space for.

And, with several locations across NWA, I knew there was opportunity that anyone in any community might find something useful. Heck, this lady even found a way to spruce up her place for spring. Imagine what kind of summer party she could throw with some new dishes!

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Donating my items was super easy. Because I had big furniture to include in my donation, I called the main office and talked to the nicest woman to schedule a pick up. The guys who came to pick up my items were great. They called before they arrived to let me know they were en-route.

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When they arrived, they added my furniture and donation boxes to the other things they had collected and were quickly on their way.  It was really nice when I called to set up the pick up because I got to choose the day and it made moving day that much smoother with the list of things we had to accomplish before we could call it quits.

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Weird or not, I like to think about the tables my cobalt blue dishes will now adorn.  Or the closet hangers my work clothes, the ones I had been saving to fit into someday, will hang on and help someone walk confidently through their office.  I think about the woman who will walk in those pumps, the ones I used to prance around Rogers in making sales calls.  Will she find the community I found here?  Will she build a business in a town that loves to keep it local?  Will her life flourish in ways only Northwest Arkansas can make your heart soar?


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***Keisha McKinney is a giver by nature. She was raised by people who loved others and learned early on the power of investing in people and giving back. These days she is enjoying her new life as a married woman, finding a place for all her “treasures” in her new house, and settling in to a new town she is learning to call home. Ever committed to the non-profit community in Northwest Arkansas, you can follow her adventures at her own blog, www.bigpittstop.com or her daily crazy on social media, @bigpittstop. She is passionate about connecting people, needs and resources.