Although the Economic Opportunity Agency's Children's House was forced to cancel its annual Summer Salsa benefit set for June 20, it continues helping the children and families that depend on its services.
Children's House is a "therapeutic, child-development and crisis-intervention center" for children 6 weeks old through 5 years old who are victims of physical, emotional and sexual abuse and life-threatening neglect and adverse childhood experiences."
Children receive occupational, physical and speech therapies, counseling and family therapy. Megan Cuddy, development director, said the facility "is one of the largest child abuse prevention and treatment centers in the United States and the only one of its kind in Arkansas."
Through the pandemic, EOA has continued to provide services to children by delivering at-home education packets and virtual learning. The staff has made sure that the families have formula, diapers, cleaning products, food and any other needed supplies. Technology has been provided for those who cannot access it. Therapy and counseling services have continued through telehealth methods.
Cuddy said the Summer Salsa benefit usually brings in some $100,000 each year, which directly supports services for abused and neglected children.
Donations to the nonprofit organization may be made at ChildrensHouseNWA.org.
The next Summer Salsa is set for June 19, 2021.
The Northwest Arkansas Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals is calling for nominations of philanthropists to be lauded at their National Philanthropy Day virtual luncheon slated for Nov. 18. Deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. June 30.
Organizations can nominate individuals, businesses and groups "who have made Northwest Arkansas a better place to live and work through their dedication to philanthropy. An anonymous panel of community members selects the honorees to be recognized."
Nominations are sought for the following awards:
• COVID-19 Hero;
• Outstanding Philanthropist;
• Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser;
• Outstanding Fundraising Executive;
• Outstanding Philanthropic Organization;
• The Ernie Lawrence Outstanding Professional Advisor;
• Outstanding Foundation;
• Outstanding Corporation;
• Legacy Award;
• Lifetime Achievement Award; and
• Youth in Philanthropy Award (group and/or individual).
Award criteria and links for nominations are available at community.afpglobal.org/afparnorthwestchapter.
Organizers note that not every award is given each year, and all are contingent upon eligible nominations.
More information is available by calling NPD co-chairwomen Elizabeth Prenger at (501) 804-6662 or Joy Morris at (479) 935-4888; or by emailing [email protected]
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EOA Children’s House
What: The nonprofit organization adapted to continue teaching, supporting its students.
Information: (479) 927-1232 or ChildrensHouseNWA.org
Northwest Arkansas Chapter of Fundraising Professionals
What: The chapter is calling for nominations of philanthropists to be lauded at their National Philanthropy Day virtual luncheon slated for Nov. 18.
When: Deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. June 30.
Information: NPD Co-chairwomen Elizabeth Prenger, (501) 804-6662; or Joy Morris, (479) 935-4888 or [email protected]