Kettle Calendar is Open!

August 22, 2017

It’s 80 degrees outside…. we just watched the summer Solar Eclipse! But it’s true- our Red Kettle Ringing volunteerism calendar is OPEN for scheduling!

Want to volunteer together as a company? You can! Need a Christmas outreach project for your social club? Do it with us! Have a church group looking for an opportunity? Join our team!!

I mean, how cute are these little bell ringers?? You can bring the whole family and give back together this holiday season.

HOW DO I SIGN UP?

GREAT QUESTION! There are three easy ways to sign up to ring.

  1. You can sign yourself up online! Just follow the instructions on our Red Kettle Volunteer site to pick a city, date and shift to serve.
  2. Email us! Having tech problems or just don’t want to go through the website? We will do it for you! Email lindsey.strong@uss.salvationarmy.org. **If you are signing up for a group, emailing is the best option.
  3. Really, really don’t love technology? You can call us! 479-521-2151.

WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT?

Another great question!! We ask for one 3-hour shift. That’s it!! Now, if you want to do more, PLEASE DO! We love returners. But the minimum commitment is one shift (11-2, 2-5, or 5-8) Monday-Saturday. You can always ring for longer than 3 hours or can sign up for multiple 3-hours shifts over multiple days.

WHEN DOES THE RINGING SEASON START?

We will start November 10th this year and ring right up until Christmas! That’s lots of days. I bet you can find 3 hours in there to ring a bell and spread Christmas cheer by singing loud for all to hear! Or… you can just ring. Totally your preference.

WHY BELL RINGING?

The Red Kettle Campaign is our biggest fundraiser of the year. Like galas or dinners, red kettle ringing supports our services year-round and has a deep tradition.

Curious about what happens to all the money in the Kettles? Learn more about how we use that money here in Northwest Arkansas in our article 5 Places Your Money Goes After the Red Kettle.

Want to see lots of people having SO MUCH FUN ringing the bell last year?? Check out our 2016 Red Kettle Round-Up!

We hope to see you out in your Christmas sweaters ringing the bell with us this year!

Shelter Tours: A fall learning series

August 10, 2017

Dear Community,

Please consider joining us for our fall series: Shelter Tours.

We will be hosting several meet and greet tours this fall to share about homelessness in our community and The Salvation Army’s work to aid those in need.

A Few Facts:

  • As of 2017, there are approximately 2,951 homeless in Northwest Arkansas. Over HALF of that number is represented by children in K-12th grades.++
  • The homeless population in NWA has increased by 152% since 2007, whereas, the general population has only grown by 12%.++
  • In 2016, we provided over 24,217 nights of shelter between our two Emergency Shelters.
  • Additionally, we provided 93,590 meals to men, women, and children who experienced food insecurity.

++Statistics from the 2017 Point-In-Time survey conducted in Northwest Arkansas.

Join us on one of our shelter tours this fall to learn more, ask questions, and better understand the experience of the homeless in Northwest Arkansas. RSVP is not required.

Come See Our New Look

July 31, 2017

We are so excited to roll out the photos of our updated lobby at Area Command. The 80’s paint is out and a fresh, modern look now takes its place! Check out the before and after below!

  
A little paint in progress- sprucing up the place with Salvation Army colors!

TA-DA!!! The completed look!
Come visit us soon!

Insufficient Food for the Summer

July 17, 2017

The truth is, we need you. And that is not something we say lightly.

Each year, we give out over 90,000 meals in this community to men, women, and children in need. Some of those meals are hot meals at our shelter, others food bags, and still others are special meals at Thanksgiving or Christmas. We serve meals 7 days a week, 365 days a year. 

But right now, our food pantry is incredibly low. While many think to give food around the holiday season, summer often goes forgotten.

And yet, children are out of school resulting in extra mouths to feed. Families are in transition as they move to a new area to start over. And the heat is bringing more and more homeless to our doors.

So what can you do?

Buy an extra case of peanut butter or cereal when you go to the store and drop it off.

Run a food drive with your church, social group, child’s sports team or workplace. We even have a toolkit to help you through the entire process.

Donate money designated for our food pantry.

What do we need most?

  • peanut butter
  • beans
  • canned meat
  • baby food
  • boxed foods (mac & cheese, hamburger helper, etc.)
  • diapers
  • green beans

Where can you drop off?

  • FAYETTEVILLE: 219 W 15th St.  |  Mon-Fri 8 to 7 (or by appt. 479-521-2151)
  • SPRINGDALE: 329 Holcomb St.  |  Mon-Sat 10 AM – 7 PM
  • BENTONVILLE: 3305 SW I St.  |  Mon-Fri 9 AM – 8 PM (or by appt. 479-271-9545)

Thanks for your help! Let’s #feedNWA together.

Summer Camp: Fun, Friends, Escape.

July 11, 2017

As children, many of us looked forward to summer break with great excitement and anticipation for vacations and beach trips, camps, our favorite snacks and NO SCHOOL!!

But for some kids, summer is not a time to anticipate.
It brings instability: home life is tumultuous at best with absent parents and no connection with friends. It brings uncertainty: many wonder if there will be food on the table for their next meal. It brings insecurity: attention is not readily given, care not automatically provided, and love not frequently spoken.

So for these kids in our community, suffering from hunger, grieving from inattention, and fearing their unpredictable lifestyle- camp is more than a fun summer activity. It is a refuge.

Camp is an experience unlike many of them have ever had!! Ropes course, swimming EVERY DAY (and yes, that is almost every camper’s favorite part of camp!), 3 meals a day, yummy snacks, new activities and fun ways of learning. They grow and change, rest and play, learn and are loved.

And even better than all of that? These kids get to hear about a love so fierce that will always be with them- even when they return home. It is a privilege to share the love of Jesus with our sweet campers.

Finally, our camp offers a really neat experience- Music Conservatory. It is a 5-week camp that teaches music theory and different types of instruments. Kids can choose their majors and are even given the chance to be leaders one day and conduct their own worship service. Interested in learning more about the amazing opportunities offered these children in their schools, homes, and futures (think college scholarships) through this program?

Read our blog on Music Programs in NWA!

So thank you for supporting our kids in their adventures at camp- it is truly life-changing for them! Want to learn more about sponsoring a child?? Email shannon.drummond@uss.salvationarmy.org.

(**All pictures from this post are local Northwest Arkansas campers from summer 2017!)

New Officers Come to NWA

June 23, 2017

The Salvation Army in Northwest Arkansas is pleased to welcome new Area Commanders, Cpts. Josh and Ashley Robinett and their family. The Robinetts are replacing Majors Dan and Mary Matthews who have been reassigned to the Area Command in Oklahoma City.

Salvation Army Officers are periodically transferred to different locations, typically every 3-4 years.  The Captains are enthusiastic leaders and come to Northwest Arkansas from Hot Springs, where for the last 2 years, they were responsible for the Hot Springs Salvation Army Corps.

Captain Josh Robinett was born and raised in Odessa, Texas. He has a deep appreciation and compassion for single-parent families, since he along with two younger siblings, were raised by a single mother. He joined The Salvation Army at the age of 8. Before answering the call to full-time ministry, he spent time in the oil field, a short time as a correctional officer and five years as a sales consultant for Quality Document Solutions in Texas. He and his wife, Ashley, were married in 2005 and answered the call to serve as officers in The Salvation Army shortly after by entering the training college in 2008. In 2010, the Robinetts finished their time at the training college with an Associates of Arts in Practical Ministries.

Captain Ashley Robinett has deep roots in Arkansas. She was born in Pine Bluff and has family residing in White Hall, Perryville and Hector. Ashley is a fourth-generation Salvationist; her parents are retired Salvation Army Majors. As a child of Officers and now one herself, Captain Ashley brings with her a well-rounded experience. The Robinetts have four children, Joshua, 11, Elizabeth, 8, Danielle, 5, and Cody, 1. As Officers, the Robinetts, have served in Russellville, AR, Fayetteville, AR, and Hot Springs, AR. They and their children look forward to returning to Northwest Arkansas to serve this great community again.

The couple will be responsible for overseeing the work done throughout Northwest Arkansas at The Salvation Army including the emergency shelters, Family Stores, the addiction recovery program, social services, churches (Corps) and Christmas efforts.

Women & Family Dorms Spruce

May 30, 2017

The big reveal is finally here, and we are so excited to show off our newly renovated spaces! We have a few thank-you’s that we want to make before we show it off.

  1. Our Women’s Auxiliary did a wonderful job at the annual NWA Boutique Show this past year and raised over $11,000!! The largest portion of our renovation budget was provided by them.
  2. Genesis Church- They have been the best partners we could ask for, and this renovation is no exception! They gave time, money and supplies to make it happen. Thanks for painting our walls, providing our ceiling tiles, paying for the flooring and more!
  3. Carpet One- The team at Carpet One did a lovely job laying our new flooring. Really, it is like a whole new space in there.

And nowwwww… the REVEAL!!

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–Before–

Women’s Dorm

Women’s Dorm

Family Dorm

Family Dorm- bathroom

Women’s Dorm- the progress

Genesis Church helpers

Fabulous new flooring from Carpet One

–After–

Women’s Auxiliary Members in the Family Dorm

Women’s Dorm- bathroom

Family dorm and child’s welcome kit

Family Dorm- bathroom

Thank you, thank you to everyone who made this possible!
We are a happier, homier shelter because of your generosity.

National Salvation Army Week Donut Deliveries

May 15, 2017

IT’S NATIONAL SALVATION ARMY WEEK!!!

In May of 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower and the United Stated Congress proclaimed the first National Salvation Army Week, as a reminder to Americans to give freely of themselves.

In honor of that spirit of giving, this year for National Salvation Army Week, we wanted to celebrate those in the community who give so much to The Salvation Army each year! We are grateful for their time, gifts and services to us and to this community.

With National Donut Day right around the corner (June 2nd), we thought a few dozen tasty treats would be a great way to say thanks! Don’t know about The Salvation Army’s history with Donut Day? Read here!

Additionally, we will have sales running at our thrift stores ALL WEEK! 50% off summer items, 40% off furniture- check out the sales HERE!

We had such a blast running all over NWA this morning with donuts from Bradley’s in Farmington. See the donut drops we made to all the great partners we have in this community below!

Getting the goodies ready! Thanks, Bradley’s Donuts in Farmington for the discounted price!

Fayetteville Police Department

Bentonville Police Department

Legacy National Bank- our Angel Tree partners!

Bentonville Fire Dept- thanks for answering our Bentonville Shelter calls

Bolt and Screw Supply

Springdale Fire Department

Rogers Fire Department

Benton Country Sheriff’s Office- they are some pretty good bell ringers!

Tyson Corporate Affairs Team- we are so grateful for all the food donations you all give throughout the year!

Springdale Police Department

Rogers Police Department

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.

 

JBU Founder’s Day

April 18, 2017

It was such an honor to join together with John Brown University for their annual Founder’s Day celebration this past week, commemorating the rich history that joins our two institutions. Founded in 1919 by John E. Brown, JBU celebrates their 98th anniversary this year and honors the birthday of their founder through this annual celebration.

Major Dan Matthews (Area Commander) and John Brown III (Former Chancellor of JBU, grandson to John E. Brown)

But what is that rich heritage we share, you may wonder? It was through the ministry of The Salvation Army that John Brown came to know Christ. Brown attributes The Salvation Army with his conversion after they put on a revival meeting May 15, 1897 in Rogers, Arkansas.

John Brown, 1897

After a long day at work, Brown was at a café with some friends when he heard the beating drum of The Salvation Army minister calling those in the city to his open-air meeting. Though not the first time he had heard this summons, that night, Brown was intrigued and followed the minister. Brown would later recall:

“…on the night of May 15, 1897, I made the decision that has so wonderfully changed my life. I am lost in wonder, and to this day, I cannot explain nor do I understand the wonderful workings of God.”

After, Brown not only joined The Salvation Army as a staff worker but moved to Siloam Springs, where he set up an outpost. Brown later left his post with The Salvation Army to pursue full-time, traveling evangelism, and would eventually come to found Southwestern Collegiate Institute – what is now known as John Brown University.

Through the years, this institution has impacted thousands of young lives and multiplied the message of the gospel. It is this foundational groundwork that the present-day members of The Salvation Army of NWA and John Brown University celebrated.

Dr. Kim Hadley (JBU, VP of Finance and Administration), Major Michelle and Cpt. John Robbins (The Salvation Army, Springdale), John Brown III (JBU, Former Chancellor and grandson of founder), Majors Dan and Mary Matthews (The Salvation Army, NWA Area Commanders), Dr. Ed Ericson (JBU, VP for Academic Affairs)

Major Dan Matthews and John Brown III spoke for the student body at the chapel assembly followed by a short reception. We were able to present this print to the university, an image of William Booth (founder of The Salvation Army) in his early ministry, in honor of the evangelistic work of John E. Brown’s early years of ministry.

“We are so grateful for the mission of JBU and for the crucial role that The Salvation Army was able to play early in John E. Brown’s life. God’s work is always multiplied- he causes it to remain”. -Major Dan Matthews

We truly believe that God worked through The Salvation Army to mold a young John E. Brown, who would later help mold the hearts and minds of thousands of young men and women through John Brown University.