We Care About Others
Cereal Drive: Frequent events are held to solicit support and donation for causes that will eradicate poverty. The organization collected 235 boxes of cereal and hundreds of dollars were donated to the THV11 Summer Cereal Drive which provides hungry families in Arkansas with non-perishable breakfast items that are both nutritious and kid-friendly. Your donations help provide healthy breakfast options for children and families in central Arkansas who would otherwise go without the most important meal of the day.
Homeless BackPack Project: Members delivered backpacks of food and personal items to individuals living on the streets of central Little Rock or in local shelters. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates that on any given night, as many as 4,200 people in Arkansas have no place to call home. Sixty-two percent of the state's homeless live on the streets, not in shelters. Those numbers make The Natural State rank fourth in the country when it comes to the amount of people without a home. Overall, Arkansas saw its homeless population go from 3,424 to 4,214 over the last year. “It is our responsibility to notice those in need and to show compassion,” said Dr. Phillis N. Anderson. “This data is startling and we believe that it is within our power to make a difference for these individuals.” Saturday’s project included collecting items such as breakfast bars, granola bars, fruit snacks, juice, canned meat, crackers, water, gloves, and scarves. The chapter members organized the items in backpacks and distributed them to homeless individuals throughout Little Rock.. “We used backpacks assembled by the Arkansas Food Bank as a model, and decided to distribute them directly to those in need. Sometimes we have to meet people literally where they are.”
Heifer International and Boxes of Love: Members participated in National Canned Food Month by making a donation to the First Baptist Church pantry in North Little Rock. Over 200 canned foods were collected and presented to Pastor D.L. Richardson. Members volunteered in the Salvation Army"s Feed The Need Program during Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and have also partnered with Heifer International. Animals were purchased with proceeds from the organization's social and consciousness raising events. The foundation purchased a goat, ducks, a Llama, and sheep from Heifer International. The purchases was a part of the chapters continuing effort to address global poverty. The foundation donated funds and sweat equity to New Hope Baptist Church to assist the church in providing over 300 Boxes of Love that fed almost 1000 people during the holiday season. The foundation also supports the Arkansas Food Bank and the Arkansas Rice Depot and has purchased over 200 meals through the Feed My Starving Children program.
Youth and Families
The Arts and Mentoring Programs: The foundation has implemented mentorship programs at the former Ridgeroad Middle School and Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter schools for middle and high school students to motivate, engage and assist them in reaching their maximum potential. Monthly workshops that focus on Achievement, Self-Awareness, Communication, Conflict Resolution and Study Skills are provide to the participants as well as college tours and field experiences. . The participantshave an opportunity to receive academic enrichment and life skills training to support their journey to college or vocational employment.
Dorcas House: Members collected and donated Business Attire to the Dorcas House who reaches out to women and children of Central Arkansas with the compassion of Christ. Housing, counseling, daily chapel services and programs are designed to change lives. Those who are struggling with chemical dependency and other addictions, or domestic violence find hope and support to break the shackles of their issues at the Dorcas House.
Watershed: Members hold a Toy Drive annually during their yearly holiday fundraiser event. Toys are donated to children of incarcerated parents through a partnership with Watershed. Founded in 1978, the Watershed meets the needs of the struggling families in Little Rock, Pulaski County, and greater Arkansas. Founder, Reverend Hezekiah Stewart has served as the Executive Director of the World's First Social Hospital for more than 35 years. The philosophy of the agency and its many programs exemplify an unyielding commitment to educate, inform, and
provide resources to the public. Members were featured on Power 92 KOKY to share about this amazing service.
Domestic Violence: Members prepared and donated gifts to a Little Rock nonprofit organization that provides counseling, advocacy, support and education for children and families harmed by violence in Arkansas. Domestic violence, according to an FBI study, is one of the most under reported crimes in this country. Though crime rates dropped significantly in 1998, domestic violence did not. Up to four million women a year are injured because of domestic violence and at least 1/3 of the females who visit a hospital emergency room are there because of domestic violence. To stop this violence, we must all do our part because domestic violence affects everyone, whether through actual abuse of a friend or family member, or the dollars spent for law enforcement, lost work hours, and /or hospital programs. If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship and wants help, please contact the Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence at 800-269-4668, the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE or the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE.
Because We Care: In partnership between The Black Women’s Agenda, Inc., AARP, and 19 collaborating partners, the foundation supported the Because We Care program that facilitates discussions and implements programs that promotes effective policies and meaningful change. Statistics indicate that one in five African Americans provide care to a loved one. They also indicate that African-American women are providing the bulk of that care, often juggling jobs and child-rearing with care giving, and receiving less in the way of governmental support.
Health Fairs: Over the years, members have partnered with Philander Smith College, Dr. Derek Lewis and Omega Psi Phi to hostHealth Fairs for those needing medical services. Hundreds of citizens were served with a wide range of health screenings and were given critical, sometimes life-saving information.
Heart Disease: Members also participated in the Race for the Cure and Heart Walk to bring attention to the two most critical women’s Health issues, breast cancer and heart disease. In addition to that “on the ground” work,a Brick was purchased from the American Heart Association and hundreds of dollars have been donatedto the organization. Several social events have been held over the years to increase awareness of heart disease and strokes including The Little Red Dress Affair …Saving our Hearts; the Pink Heart Affair, and Healthy Hearts Wine Tasting. Theses activities provided pertinent information that increased awareness and provided information that would benefit women and others on combating this #1 killer of African American women.
Mental Health: The foundation has supported and provided significant donations to Alzheimer’s Arkansas and participated in National Alliance of Mental Illness Walk. The NAMIWalks which supports the mission-driven work of NAMI organizations, which host education programs, facilitate support groups, provide mental health training, advocate for access to services, and offer a compassionate place to turn for the millions of Americans living with mental illness.
Asthma Awareness: The foundation conducted the workshops on asthma with several schools in Central Arkansas. This workshops focused on triggers of asthma and provided information for students and parents about the illness. Participants were asked hold their breath for a matter of seconds to simulate how coping with Asthma feels.