Many nonprofits need your help to continue making a difference in northwest Arkansas. Today’s (April 4) NWA Gives Day is crucial to keep these groups thriving for the people who need them most.
On NWA Gives Day, people are encouraged to donate to one of almost 300 nonprofits in the area, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Arkansas. Jennifer Janda with the organization is one of the people responsible for matching kids with mentors.
“We know children who have a mentor are less likely to drop out of school, they’re more likely to try and go to college,” Janda said. It just opens their eyes to other opportunities in life.”
The nonprofits participating in NWA Gives Day will use the funds given in significant ways.
“We’re asking for $1000 to raise money for a summer bash for our kids,” Janda said, which gives kids part of the organization something to look forward to with many being from low-income households.
The Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter is another group benefitting from the event.
“We have outings here at the school, we have outings after school,” educational director of the shelter, Jake Gibbs said. “Going to restaurants, going skating, things that these kids have never done before.”
Gibbs said some money donated could even go toward throwing a kid their first birthday. These are small experiences that may seem small but could help build the confidence they’ll need in the future.
“It’s important as they go out and look for jobs,” Gibbs said. It’s also important because we want to encourage them to be contributing members of their community.”
“These nonprofits help with hunger, they help with homelessness, they help our children they help our senior citizens,” Janda said. If we didn’t have these organizations, I don’t think northwest Arkansas would be nearly as wonderful a place to live as it is. “
Gibbs said the shelter is in the application process of a charter school for children who have been abandoned, abused, or neglected.
Click here to donate to NWA Gives Day until 8 p.m.