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story.lead_photo.caption Courtesy photo On Sept. 28, Brown's Collision Center awarded a 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan to Audrey LeBert, a single mom attending the University of Arkansas with the help of Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Benton County. This is the fifth car awarded in 10 years at this location in Bentonville. Local businesses that helped get the van ready were Big O Tires of Bentonville, O'Reilly Automotive, Shelly Parsons, Farmers Insurance agent, New Life Auto Detail, Casey's General Store, Auto Body Supply and Professional Dent Removers. LeBert was also given $100 in free gas and six months of insurance.

SamaritanCommunity Center

Samaritan Community Center is the recipient of a $5,000 grant from Kum & Go Giving Back. This is Kum & Go's first time to donate to the center, and all funds from this grant will be used to purchase food for SnackPacks for Kids program.

Kum & Go gives back 10 percent of their profits to charitable organizations.

SnackPacks for Kids was established by SCC in 2004 for the purpose of providing nutritional support to children at highest risk for hunger on weekends and school breaks and is now Arkansas' largest weekend child feeding program.

SCC currently provides approximately 6,000 snackpacks each week and during school breaks to 171 K-12 schools and community centers in all four Northwest Arkansas counties. The average cost of one snackpack is $2.

FayettevillePublic Library

Fayetteville Public Library received a $1,300 award to host a six-week program series funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities titled "Becoming American: A Documentary Film and Discussion Series on Our Immigration Experience." The series, a public program featuring documentary film screenings and scholar-led discussions designed to engage and enlighten audiences on immigration issues against the backdrop of our immigration history, ends Oct. 11.

Fayetteville Public Library is one of 32 sites nationwide selected to host this series, which is a project by City Lore in collaboration with the Immigration and Ethnic History Society and the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience. "Becoming American" has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.

Seeds That Feed

Nonprofit community organization Seeds That Feed was awarded a $50,000 Walmart Foundation grant to support and facilitate capacity building initiatives in key areas of program evaluation and data collection. Funds were used to research STFs' current programming by the Community and Family Institute at the University of Arkansas where an impact study produced a final report.

Working closely with 53 regional farms via farmers' markets in Fayetteville, Bentonville and Rogers, and multiple area retailers, STF has recovered 120,000 pounds of fresh, locally grown produce, and more than 20,000 pounds of recovered foods from local businesses, redirecting it to tens of thousands of area residents in need. STFs' Mobile Food Network partners with 44 hunger relief sites including area pantries, community meals, schools and residential communities, to provide healthier food to more than 30,000 individuals annually.

Seeds That Feed aims to develop food stations throughout lower income housing in Northwest Arkansas by producing permanent farm stands that will house produce, recipe boxes, have sign-in sheets and give access on a weekly to bi-weekly basis during the regional growing season.


The Northwest Arkansas chapter (NOARK) of the Society for Human Resource Management has been awarded an innovation grant to support its military veterans initiative from the SHRM Foundation, an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

NOARK's grant was one of six awarded nationally by the foundation.

NOARK will use the grant money to build a program to assist military officers' transition from high level military service to placements in the civilian workforce in which they can thrive and grow. Initial activities will focus on gathering resources and forming partnerships to aid transitioning military officers who specifically want to return to northwest Arkansas, are interested in employers located in northwest Arkansas and/or are from northwest Arkansas, seeking employment anywhere in the U.S.

NAN Profiles on 10/07/2018

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