Our Community Care initiatives are designed to provide opportunities for everyone to serve others in our community by meeting practical needs.

We invite you to join us at one of the following Community Care Initiatives:

 

If any questions or if scheduling a large group, please Contact Us.

Laundry Love

Laundry Love Projects partner with community volunteers to provide clean clothes to those living in situations of poverty in Northwest Arkansas.

It is our mission to take laundromats and convert them into hubs of relief, granting reprieve to those living in oppressive poverty. Laundry Love events provide people, without the resources to do so, a way to have clean laundry.

The hope is to build relationships and share a meal while restoring the dignity that occurs when having clean clothes. We also hope to limit the hard choice between clean clothes and other necessities.

 
 

We offer opportunities to serve as a volunteer by donating your time, providing laundry detergent or by making monetary donations through quarter drives or monthly pledges. Laundry Love events occur monthly in Northwest Arkansas.

Laundry Love is a national movement founded by Just One.  For more information about Laundry Love, please visit their website at LaundryLove.org


Our Laundry Love Stories


Opportunities to Serve with Laundry Love

Rogers

Springdale

Fayetteville

Art in the Park

Art in the Park gives the gift of creativity and self-expression.

This event aims to bring out the beautiful part in everyone. The emotional reward of utilizing one’s own individualism is at the heart of this event. The community spends a Saturday afternoon painting, enjoying the wonderful Northwest Arkansas weather, and sharing a meal. Having both individual qualities and personalities are what makes us people. Serve wishes to celebrate that with people who often times chose food and shelter over recreational activities.

Special thank you to Philip Thomas at Novo Studio in Rogers for capturing the incredible community of Art in the Park


Our Art in the Park Stories


Opportunities to Serve with Art in the Park

Art in the Park typically occurs monthly during favorable weather conditions from March through November at the large pavilion in Walker Park. Volunteers spend an afternoon at the park helping with the event, by providing art supplies or providing and serving the meal. 

Join Us

Help Support


Provide Art Supplies

We are always in need of…

  • Paint brushes
  • Canvas
  • Paint Trays
  • Paints (of all kinds)

PROVIDE A MEAL

Art in the Park is just that & what’s an afternoon in the park without the grill going?  If you would like to help by providing a meal, we invite you to come and spend the afternoon with us.

Event Coordination

If you would like to help with event coordination, sponsor the event, or have more questions, please Contact US and we’ll be in touch.

For more information

3 Bags in 2 Days (3B2D) provides bags of basic necessities to those living in poverty.

Our vision is to provide a sense of dignity and respect to those who receive a bag.  Through the bag, we hope to offer a sense dignity, respect and a little relief to those in our community who may be without.

We believe one of the first steps in ending poverty is acknowledging that it exists and through the exchange of bag we recognize a person’s need and worth.  Through the giving and receiving of a basic necessities bag, we can provide for immediate needs, connect them with area resources and offer a little bit of hope.

 
 

Our 3 Bags in 2 Days Stories


Opportunities to Serve With 3 Bags in 2 Days

Spring 2016 opportunities to be posted soon.

Want to Donate items to 3 Bags in 2 Days?  Here is our Needs List.

For more information

New Beginnings Community

(initiative under development)

Serve NWA is currently working with a group of community leaders, faith leaders, business owners, concerned citizens, educational institutions, and local elected leaders who are actively pursuing a solution to the growing homeless problem in Fayetteville.  Specifically, we are seeking to improve conditions of unsheltered homeless living in Fayetteville.  The conditions that the majority of homeless persons living outside experience are unsanitary, unsafe, unsupported, and uncontrolled – creating both public health and safety hazards. This working group believes we have a solution that could immediately improve their living conditions and enrich many lives in the process. 

We are working to create the "New Beginnings Community," to be a self-managed community of low-cost micro-shelters for people in need of shelter.  These communities, now sprouting up across the United States like SquareOne Villages in Eugene, Oregon, have been shown to have a lasting effect on addressing the complex emergency shelter needs of the homeless population. By providing shelter to our most vulnerable neighbors, we would be able to help them enter a pathway toward receiving comprehensive case management while addressing the root causes of their homeless circumstance.

This is a "Housing First" approach to quickly and successfully connect individuals and families experiencing homelessness to permanent housing without preconditions and barriers to entry, such as sobriety, treatment or service participation requirements.  Once individuals are in safe, secure, and clean environments, we will work with community partners to provide the appropriate services to work toward permanent housing solutions.


The New Beginnings Community initiative is currently privately funded by community leaders, business owners, and concerned citizens who desire to support providing dignity and shelter to an unserved community of people.


Concept Drawings


Example of micro-Shelter Strategy

A growing number of towns and cities across the U.S. have found a practical solution to homelessness through the construction of micro-shelter communities.  Today these solutions are being proven effective initiatives to provide a housing first solution that will transition persons into permanent, stable housing solutions.  

Community First in Austin, Texas

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Quixote Village in Olympia, Washington

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Community Partnerships

The New Beginnings Community will seek to work with other service providers and the Northwest Arkansas Continuum of Care to ensure there is no duplication of services and that residents are receiving the needed support through case management services, job training & opportunities, medical & dental care, and more.


For more information

For additional information on the current status of the New Beginnings Community and how you or your organization can support this initiative, please contact Dr. Kevin Fitzpatrick, Community and Family Institute Director, University Professor and Jones Chair in Community, at kfitzpa@uark.edu.

For more information on homelessness in Northwest Arkansas, please visit the University of Arkansas Community and Family Institute Website.

2017 Northwest Arkansas Point-in-Time Homeless Census