Northark helps community with Day of Service

Mon Nov 13, 2017 at 09:50 AM

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“Northark Cares” was the mantra Friday, Nov. 10, as more than 60 members of the North Arkansas College faculty and staff spread out across Harrison to help 15 different organizations.

Adorned in yellow t-shirts those Northark employees volunteered their time to serve each of those organizations during the college’s annual Day of Service.

Lora Stephens, county coordinator at The CALL in Boone County, praised the college employees for their help.

“The Northark team was such a blessing to us today,” Stephens said. “They helped us sort clothes, go through donations and make things easier for our children in care and foster families. We are thankful for their help and couldn’t have accomplished so much without them. Thank you Northark for providing a Day of Service!”

For Chonda Tapley, executive director for Harrison Housing Authority, Northark’s Day of Service came at the right time.

“With a federal budget that has continuously been cut this year, we have been extremely busy and short-staffed and unable to keep up on the organization of our closet with items that are donated from local retailers,” Tapley said. “The volunteers from North Arkansas College for their Day of Service program are a blessing that has enabled us to get organized just in time to pull our winter and holiday items out of storage so that we can provide necessities and other items for free to those in need in our community.”

Emily Akins, an AmeriCorps Vista stationed at North Arkansas College’s Career Pathways Initiative office appreciated the opportunity to serve.

“It was so much fun,” Akins said of volunteering at Share and Care. “It was great to get to work side-by-side with my fellow Northark employees and give back to the community.”

Among the organizations served by Northark Friday were Mercy Mall, Children’s Charity Ministries, Harrison Housing Authority, The CALL in Boone County, Ozark Homeward Bound, Share and Care, Hospice of the Hills and Hospice House, the city of Harrison’s Parks and Recreation Department, Harrison’s House of Hope, Grandma’s House Children’s Advocacy Center, Sanctuary Inc. and Light up Harrison.

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