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Carin Schoppmeyer: Children, families at core of United Way efforts

Children, families at core of efforts by Carin Schoppmeyer | September 12, 2021 at 1:00 a.m.
Dallas Mudd (from left), Ana Phakhin, Jackie Hancock, Christina Hinds, Sarah Josey, Dina Wood and Rhonda Brammel, United Way of Northwest Arkansas staff members, welcome supporters to the campaign kickoff luncheon Aug. 26 at The Jones Center in Springdale. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)

United Way of Northwest Arkansas launched its fall 2021 fundraising campaign with a kickoff luncheon Aug. 26 at the Jones Center in Springdale. Some 100 local business representatives, board members and supporters attended.

The luncheon focused on leadership in the community with remarks by special guest Danyelle Musselman, former ESPN, NFL Network, and Fox Sports reporter and the wife of Eric Musselman, University of Arkansas men's basketball head coach. She told those gathered "leadership is an ongoing theme in our house," and she believes we can make a difference in our community "by not being silent. We can make a conscious effort to be a doer and by not being silent."

United Way President and CEO Jackie Hancock said: "We are proud of the long history of United Way in Northwest Arkansas, and look forward to continuing our tradition of helping to improve lives in the communities that we serve. "Everyone has a United Way story. You never know the people you hold in the palm of your hand -- the people of help."

"United Way Northwest Arkansas works with partners throughout the region to raise funds to invest in local programs that will create opportunities for children and families to grow, thrive and achieve their fullest human potential. Thanks to the generosity of the Northwest Arkansas community, United Way is proud to announce that applications are currently being accepted for the Community Investment Grants," Ana Phakhin, vice president of strategic investments and impact, said.

United Way is focused on three core areas for investment:

· Early Learning programs will ensure that children, parents, caregivers and families are working together to strengthen school readiness skills.

· Quality Out-of-School Time programs increase academic success, expand exploration of career paths, and result in positive outcomes for children.

· Developing Self-Sufficiency programs will ensure the future economic stability of children and families by strengthening workforce readiness skills, providing supportive services and increasing the capacity of families to acquire a sustainable living wage.

Grant applications and further details are located at www.unitedwaynwa.org.

Next up for the group is a golf tournament Oct. 15 at Springdale Country Club.

Those helping kick off the campaign included Marshall Saviers, Ryan Patterson, Peter Glenn, Joshua Manning, Helena Gadison, Missy Cole, Allyssa Hicks, Erika Gray, Kathleen Trotter, Nancy Reid, Tavares Jones, Kyle Powell, Chad Chance, Janet Worley, Chad Kinsley, Stephanie Lovell, Deena Wright, Dallas Mudd, Ana Phakhin, Christina Hinds, Sarah Josey, Dina Wood and Rhonda Brammel.

For more event photos -- nwadg.com/photos/society.

Columnist Carin Schoppmeyer can be reached by email at [email protected]

Marshall Saviers (from left), Ryan Patterson, Peter Glenn and Joshua Manning help support the United Way of Northwest Arkansas at the kickoff luncheon.
(NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Marshall Saviers (from left), Ryan Patterson, Peter Glenn and Joshua Manning help support the United Way of Northwest Arkansas at the kickoff luncheon. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Jackie Hancock, UWNWA CEO and president (from left), Danyell Musselman, Christina Hinds, UW vice president of corporate engagement and Tavares Jones stand for a photo at the kickoff luncheon. 
(NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Jackie Hancock, UWNWA CEO and president (from left), Danyell Musselman, Christina Hinds, UW vice president of corporate engagement and Tavares Jones stand for a photo at the kickoff luncheon. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Missy Cole (left) and Helena Gadison, UWNWA board members, stand for a photo at the kickoff luncheon.
(NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Missy Cole (left) and Helena Gadison, UWNWA board members, stand for a photo at the kickoff luncheon. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Stephanie Lovell (left) and Deena Wright enjoy the United Way kickoff. 
(NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Stephanie Lovell (left) and Deena Wright enjoy the United Way kickoff. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Kyle Powell (left) and Chad Chance, UWNWA board member, visit at the kickoff luncheon.
(NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Kyle Powell (left) and Chad Chance, UWNWA board member, visit at the kickoff luncheon. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Allyssa Hicks (left) and Erika Guy attend the kickoff luncheon.
(NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Allyssa Hicks (left) and Erika Guy attend the kickoff luncheon. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Chad Kinsley and Janet Worley help the United Way of Northwest Arkansas launch this year's fundraising campaign.
(NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
Chad Kinsley and Janet Worley help the United Way of Northwest Arkansas launch this year's fundraising campaign. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
(NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
(NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
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At a Glance

Campaign kickoff luncheon

Who: United Way of Northwest Arkansas

What: The group kicked off its fall 2021 fundraising campaign with supporters.

When: Aug. 26

Where: The Jones Center in Springdale

Next: Golf tournament, Oct. 15 at Springdale Country Club

Information: (479) 750-1221 or unitedwaynwa.org

Print Headline: United Way launches campaign

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