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Music and Arts Programs Funded in NWA

May 10, 2017

PRESS RELEASE:

Walmart Foundation awards $37,000 to fund The Salvation Army’s arts and music programs in Northwest Arkansas

Northwest, AR (05/10/17)-  The Walmart Foundation has awarded The Salvation Army $37,000 to use towards their youth music and arts programs in Fayetteville, Springdale, and Rogers. Each of these cities provides intensive musical training and diverse opportunities for artistic engagement for students who may otherwise not have access to the arts.

The Salvation Army, as an organization, deeply values music as a means for growth, worship, and rehabilitation. In Northwest Arkansas, The Salvation Army offers training in music education and theory, piano, brass band, concert band, dance, drama, and coming this fall, guitar. Through weekly training and instruction, students, even those without musical experience, can take steps towards becoming proficient, even masters, in their area of musical study.

The Walmart Foundation’s investment in these services will help at-risk youth develop a fundamental love for music. It will also help convey the intangible benefits of music education, namely: discipline, goal setting, responsibility and hope for a better future. In addition, students will have a safe and protective environment for constructive artistic growth outside of school.

The grant will serve to provide new musical instruments and instructional supplies, thus, allowing existing programs to grow exponentially in their capacity to reach at-risk youth in Northwest Arkansas.

The grant will also provide 15 scholarships for local youth to attend The Salvation Army Conservatory camp in Oklahoma. This intensive 5-week long, resident training program, takes students with minimal or no musical training and teaches them performance and theory on a musical instrument of their choice. This gives students an outlet for growth and provides them with a chance to pursue music at a higher level. Graduates of Conservatory have received partial and full music scholarships to colleges and universities nationwide, including schools like Julliard.

Take a quick look into the experience at Conservatory!

The Salvation Army of NWA looks forward to an increase in capacity in their music and arts programs made possible by the generous gift of supplies and instruments from the Walmart Foundation.

 

Women’s Auxiliary Provides Shelter Renovation Funds

September 28, 2016

It’s been an exciting month at the Fayetteville Shelter- renovation day finally arrived!! The Women’s Auxiliary chose the shelter as their first project and used the funds raised from the NWA Boutique Show last fall to provide the space with a whole new look!

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“The Women’s Auxiliary functions as a fundraising and volunteer service group, assisting The Salvation Army in meeting the needs of others at their point of need,” says Major Mary Matthews, Associate Area Commander and director of the group. “This Chapter was established in March of 2014 and since then has already made a significant impact in the lives of thousands through programs provided by The Salvation Army.  

Their most current project, just completed, was the renovation of the Fayetteville Emergency Shelter intake and day room.  This was the first large project taken on be the Auxiliary women and was a much needed update!”  

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The women have been looking forward to this renovation day for months and are excited to finally see the room put together.

What’s up next for this amazing group of ladies?

“We are currently in the development stages for our 1st annual fundraising event (May 2017)  which will support a new program called Pathway of Hope.  This program addresses the root causes of poverty through individualized services to families hoping to break generational cycles of crisis and vulnerability. This program fits the missional purpose of this Auxiliary which desires to make a generational impact in the lives of families (women & children). -Major Mary Matthews

 

BEFORE & AFTER

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We are so grateful to the women who helped make this happen and look forward to more great things out of the Women’s Auxiliary! To learn more about the organization and how to join, check out our webpage http://salvationarmyaok.org/nwarkansas/auxiliary-board/

 

 

8th Annual Golf Tournament Drives it Home!

September 14, 2016

No trouble in paradise at the Paradise Valley Golf Course last week! The Salvation Army’s 8th Annual Charity Golf Tournament was a huge success! Some great teams and sponsors came out for the afternoon flight to support the event put on by the Advisory Board.

20 teams played in the tournament which raised a total of $7,000 for The Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas. 

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“Most participants in a weekday golf tournament have been afforded a life that allows them to be able to participate in an event like this. So many in our community do not have the opportunity to take a day off of work for golf, take a day off at all, or even have a job to take off from,” says Tim Cotton, President of the Advisory Board of Northwest Arkansas and owner of Northwest Electric.

“I personally have been blessed to have not only what I need, but also influences that have shown me the importance of giving back to this community.

Few organizations operate in the manner that The Salvation Army does, helping people in need regain their footing not only financially, but spiritually as well. I look forward to seeing the growth of The Salvation Army, volunteer support, and community awareness and involvement as we move forward.”

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How far does $7,000 go??

According to USA Today, the cost of dinner for a low-income family of four averages to $191 per week. With the money raised from the tournament, The Salvation Army will be able to feed approximately 260 families (of four) for a day or 36 families each night for a week.

Additionally, a night of shelter costs roughly $12.50 per person, shows research from EFSP. That’s 560 nights of shelter we can offer because of the proceeds from the tournament.

So thank you, to everyone who participated for helping us to Do The Most Good in Northwest Arkansas! Keep scrolling to see pictures from the event, meet our 2016 champions, and thank the sponsors that helped make it happen!

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Drumrolllllll, please!! We are thrilled to announce the winner of the tournament- this year’s champions: Lindsey Management!!

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Lindsey Management: 2016 CHAMPIONS!

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Many teams competed for the honor of being the 2016 Putting Competition Champions (and owner of a brand new SEGWAY Mini Pro!!), but only one was victorious! Congratulations to Tarek Taha with the Fellowship Fayetteville Team!!

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Some additional contributors include: Gary Howard, Mike Lyman, Upchurch Electrical, Tom McDonald, and Eric McGee. And we want to give a special thanks to our Food and Hole Sponsors- we truly could not have done it without them!

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And a big thank you to all the teams that came out and participated. Mark your calendars for 2017– we will see ya next year!!


To learn more about the Advisory Board at The Salvation Army and get information on joining, check out our webpage!

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