Over 15 Northwest Arkansas non-profits saved thousands of necessary dollars Friday (April 26) thanks to Live United Day.
The work that was done at the Compassion House in Springdale would normally take them months to even years to complete.
With help from over 15 volunteers, they were able to complete almost all of the necessary projects for the non-profit, completely free.
The Compassion House is a safe place for pregnant teenage girls to stay and prepare for the future.
Christy Walton with the organization says right now the girls are not able to fully enjoy living there because of the projects on their to-do list.
Volunteers with JB Hunt and JV Manufacturing completed some of those tasks like placing carpet in the learning center, finishing the office, and doing yard work that they would never be able to keep up with without this help.
Walton said Live United Day is much more than volunteer work for this organization.
“It’s wonderful for them to get to see. They get to see what people will do for them. A lot of these girls come from places where they don’t know what caring is, they don’t know what sharing is, they really don’t know what giving feels like because nothings ever been given to them. So for them to see the community come together to work for their house to help them out, it means a lot to them,” said Walton.
According to the United Way of Northwest Arkansas, one volunteer hour is valued at $20.
Sixteen volunteers worked out at Compassion House for 8 hours, that’s over $2,500 being saved that they can now use to expand the house and create transitional housing for the moms.