Northwest Arkansas Women's Shelter
Rogers-area Allstate agency owners recently joined Allstate volunteers across 15 states to secure Allstate Foundation Helping Hands grants to benefit 35 nonprofit organizations, including a $5,000 grant for Northwest Arkansas Women's Shelter. The nonprofit will use the funding to provide safe shelter for Northwest Arkansas community members who are affected by domestic violence or sexual assault, including meeting immediate physical needs -- such as food, clothing and transportation -- and support services through trained advocates.
Allstate volunteers empowered local community members to donate critical supplies, such as clothing, housewares and personal care items -- a powerful way to support domestic violence nonprofits providing life-changing services to survivors of domestic violence and financial abuse. Organizations like Northwest Arkansas Women's Shelter often operate with limited resources and collecting supplies helps nonprofits focus on serving more survivors.
"With one in four women experiencing domestic violence in her lifetime, this is an issue affecting every community, including Rogers," said Corey Davidson, Allstate agency owner in Rogers. "We're proud to dedicate our time and collect much-needed resources to support these vital local organizations and the survivors they serve. We care about helping survivors and their families break the cycle of violence in their lives."
The supply drive was part of a multi-state effort of The Allstate Foundation benefitting 35 participating domestic violence nonprofits in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia. The volunteer efforts raised $340,000 in grants for the nonprofits.
Northwest Arkansas Women's Shelter is one of thousands of organizations this year to receive Allstate Foundation Helping Hands grants secured by Allstate agency owners and financial specialists for their volunteer efforts. The grants support organizations addressing domestic violence, youth empowerment, disaster preparedness, hunger and other causes.
Participating Rogers-area Allstate agency owner volunteers included: Jefferson Cook, Fayetteville; Corey Davidson, Rogers; Jamie Jones, Springdale; Chris Kinney, Rogers; Denver Little, Springdale; Esmeralda Lopez, Rogers; and Tony Vincent, Siloam Springs.
Choctaw Community Partner Fund
The Choctaw Nation awarded the city of Heavener $12,100, Poteau $22,300, Pocola $5,500 and Le Flore County $24,500 from the Choctaw Community Partner Fund to continue to help strengthen and develop the local area. The Choctaw Nation will distribute a voluntary contribution on a quarterly basis to cities and counties that operate nongaming businesses throughout the Nation's 10.5 counties.
"As a Nation we need to ensure our communities stay strong and continue to grow together," states Chief Gary Batton. "The goal of the community partner fund is to contribute to our cities and counties to stay whole and to have the proper funds they need in order to function and operate as well as possible."
The Choctaw Nation is a sovereign tribal nation that recognizes the impact and influence in the many cities and counties where their people live and work. The expectation is for each local government to apply the Choctaw Community Partner Fund contribution toward supporting and developing the communities that serve tribal and nontribal citizens.
Northwest Arkansas Food Bank
Tyson Foods donated 110,000 pounds of protein to Northwest Arkansas Food Bank as part of their Miles that Matter program Feb. 19. This significant donation provides more than 440,000 servings of protein, an essential part of a well-balanced meal, to help the one in seven individuals in Northwest Arkansas who face hunger every day.
Tyson Foods has now surpassed the 9 million pounds donation milestone, being the largest protein donor since we were established.
In 2015, the company put a stake in the ground when it pledged $50 million in cash and in-kind donations over a five-year period to fight hunger. That pledge is known as the "50-in-5" ommitment.
Three years after making the commitment, Tyson Foods is less than $5 million away from reaching its goal. As of the end of its 2018 fiscal year, Tyson had donated more than 45,875,000 toward hunger relief in the form of product donations and charitable grants.
Through its Miles that Matter program, for every mile a team member walks, runs or cycles, the company donates a pound of protein to area food banks. This season, teams logged enough miles to donate 275,000 pounds of protein to local hunger relief agencies in its corporate communities.
NAN Profiles on 02/24/2019