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Doing Good: Junior League of NWA

The Junior League is a group of women volunteers helping non-profits in Northwest Arkansas.<br mce_bogus="1">
The new Pat Walker Center for Children will soon open its doors as the largest long-term child abuse prevention and treatment center in the United States. One group heavily involved in making that happen - the Junior League of Northwest Arkansas.

"They were one of the first organizations to step forward and say 'we want to be a part of this and make a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children,'" said Ben McLintock,
Development Officer for the Economic Opportunity Agency/Children's House.

Junior League members step out all over our community to volunteer their time and raise funding for other non-profits. Whether it's teaching life skill classes to a women's shelter, or providing bags of needed items to children entering foster care, these women say why they do what they do is simple.

"It really takes volunteers to improve a community, we need to look around and see where there are gaps and work to make this a better place," said Ashley Siwiec, President of the Junior League of NWA.

The group raises money through its annual Winter Dreams Homes Tour, the Touch a Truck event, and by selling its very own cookbook with recipes from local people. Through these fundraisers volunteers not only help others, but take away something for themselves as well.

"They go on with the knowledge of how to organize a fundraiser, how to organize volunteers, and they put that to work in other groups," Siwiec said. "That just ripples out into the community."

Since 1992, the group has been supporting those in need in our area, and plans to stay a catalyst for change for many more years to come.

For more information on the Junior League of NWA, go to: http://www.juniorleaguenwa.org/
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