Giving Tuesday: How Local Nonprofits are Impacting Our Community

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NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, Ark. (KNWA) — For several local nonprofits, Giving Tuesday is one way to help keep services available free of charge.

Two local nonprofits are making an impact on our community.

“I needed to swallow my pride and show up, and make a change ,and so I did and I was very pleasantly surprised,”Julie Gilbreth, a Dress For Success Northwest Arkansas Ambassador said.

When tough times arise, a helping hand can mean all the difference.

“I got laid off and so I went back and we reworked my resume and sharpened some of my interview skills again,” Gilbreth said.

With the help of Dress for Success NWA, Gilbreth landed a job at Kelley Law Firm as a Legal Assistant.

“A lot of that was I had the confidence building,” Gilbreth said.

But Dress for Success NWA is not the only local non-profit in need year-round.

United Way of Northwest Arkansas funds 38 programs in 31 organizations around the community to give children and their families a pathway out of poverty.

“Giving is the basis of a community, and giving is the reason why our community can be so loving and caring and respectful to one another,” Lauryn Durby explained.

One program it funds is Future U, which helps equipt low income teens with critical life skills to prepare them for success after high school.

Durby went through Future U, and is now giving back.

“I believe it’s made me more compassionate because I’ve always cared about people, but now I get to help them on a personal level, help them achieve their goals, help them find out what they want to do with their life.”

To find out what local non-profits are participating in Giving Tuesday near you, click HERE.

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