Introducing Serve Northwest Arkansas

Serve NWA has emerged from the deep roots of serving Northwest Arkansas through the Cobblestone Project story.

Since 2008, the vision and mission of the Cobblestone Project has been to serve our Northwest Arkansas community through tangible acts of service.  Through some very creative community care initiatives, we have seen thousands of people come together, build relationships, and offer hope to almost every city in our region.  

This has only been accomplished because so many of you have made the choice to humbly serve the needs you see around you every day.

Over the past seven years, we have seen many initiatives created because of the unique perspective of ways to meet our community's needs by small, humble acts of service.  

Some of these initiatives have been incubated within the Cobblestone Project while others have moved on to become new nonprofits and managed by other organizations.  

This is exactly what we had hoped for.  

It has been ordinary people making extra-ordinary impact because they said "yes" to the needs around them.

The Farm team at the very first Harvest in 2010.

The Farm team at the very first Harvest in 2010.

One of the unique initiatives that began within Cobblestone Project was The Farm.  In 2010, there were no community farms in Northwest Arkansas and so we pioneered a new way of growing healthy food to help meet the hunger needs of our community.  

Over the past five years, the mission of The Farm has grown exponentially and with it the needs, resources, and people required to manage it.  Thousands of people have volunteered, given, and received food from The Farm.  We only want to see that continue.

In early 2015, the Cobblestone Project Founders and Board of Directors made the decision to realign the organization to serve the community according to the needs it has today (versus the needs it had seven years ago).

Today, the core Community Care Initiatives of Laundry Love, Art in the Park, 3 Bags in 2 Days, Shear Kindness, 30 Days for Change, as well as the Vulnerability Gap Initiative of Our Step is being realigned into a new Nonprofit organization known simply as "Serve."  

This will allow these initiatives as well as The Farm (now known as the Cobblestone Farm) to continue to serve our community with increased focus and the correct resources to move them forward in new and exciting ways.

MOVING FORWARD

For the first half of 2016, Serve will focus on creating a new infrastructure to support Laundry Love, Art in the Park, and 3 Bags in 2 Days.   These Community Care Initiatives will continue to operate, meet needs, and engage with others in serving Northwest Arkansas.  Additionally, the Serve Board of Directors will be evaluating plans to meet unmet needs in our community around the issues of homelessness (specifically homeless students K to 12 and Unsheltered Homeless people in our community).  This will be our Vulnerability Gap Initiative and we welcome your strategic involvement.

More to come on this very soon, and Contact Us if you have interest in being apart of shaping this approach to care for those without homes in our community.

We have a lot of work to do, but our focus is very simple.

THE MISSION OF SERVE NWA IS TO ENCOURAGE AND INSPIRE A RESPONSE OF SERVICE FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE UNDER-RESOURCED, VULNERABLE, AND EXPLOITED IN NORTHWEST ARKANSAS.

Today, we simply ask everyone to continue to serve our community as you have, share those stories with your neighbors, friends, and family, and if you need somewhere to begin, please consider Serving with us at one of our Community Care Initiatives.

We look forward to what is ahead, and cannot wait to see the stories of change that come from those who are serving with Northwest Arkansas.

 

Thank you so much!

Mike, Kevin, Stephanie & Ben