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ngela and Stephone Avery have much in common. Both grew up in Camden and work in their hometown school district. Both came to jobs in education about the same time, after building other careers. For the past 20 years, they’ve shared the joys and challenges that come with being husband and wife with a bustling family of three children, a daughter-in-law and two grandchildren. They also believe education is more -- much more -- than just academic instruction and that everyone in a school system has a role to play in guiding the next generation to their fullest potential. As Angela said, “Anybody can be a teacher but to be a true educator, I think, is a calling.” Angela became a teacher following a short time as a paraprofessional in the computer lab. After earning her teaching certificate, she taught eighth-grade business technology for eight years and now administers the school’s Pre-Kindergarten program. The change in responsibilities has done nothing to dim her vision of her role in students’ lives. “I really strove to be one of those teachers who was more than just a teacher; I always believed that you have to take care of the whole child,” she said. “I was always that one teacher who would make sure that my students were not hungry. If there was a situation going on at home, I played counselor. I always tried to be that one teacher that went over and beyond.” “I understood that my students were not going to hear anything else that I said until we dealt with what was going on with them. One of the mottos that I had in my classroom for years was, ‘Kids don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.’” Angela’s success in the classroom hasn’t happened without help, she said, noting the Arkansas Education Association was a crucial resource. “Anything that relates to the classroom is useful for a nontraditional teacher; we are hungry for information,” she said. “Lesson preparation resources and classroom management were the big ones for me and AEA provided training on both my first year. The training is always great and it makes me appreciate my membership that much more.” When asked what keeps her optimistic outlook, she said she “prays a lot” and leans on AEA functions and colleagues to recharge her batteries.
“The AEA has always been there. From the first time I attended an ESP conference, I knew that I was important and that my job mattered,” she said. “The networking and support from other AEA members is unbelievable; I don’t know how I would fare if it were not for some members from other locales.” Angela isn’t the only one in the inspiration business. While officially, Stephone’s title is custodial maintenance, that doesn’t begin to describe his role. “For me, I saw the need for male leadership and an opportunity to influence some young men to do better and to want to have something in life through a male role model. So I got in to do exactly that.” Every morning, Stephone serves as crossing guard, where he greets all of the children, wishes them a good morning and gets their day off on the right foot. After first bell and throughout the day, he finds no shortage of young people to motivate. “My purpose is to put a smile on the kids’ faces and to make their day bright right from the start,” he said. “Once I enter the building, the first thing I see are children; sometimes they need a hug, sometimes they need encouragement. I probably spend 30 to 45 percent of my time just counseling and motivating them to engage. If you care, you can connect with anybody.” Teaching is more than a job, it’s bigger than the classroom for Angela and Stephone Avery.
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Last Sunday night, after Green Bay continued its undefeated streak by beating the Chargers, my husband and I watched 60 Minutes. The commercial teased a look at how wishes are granted by the Make-a-Wish Foundation. “Oh, cool,” I thought, “I’ve always wondered how that works.” If you didn’t see the segment, you missed being completely amazed when Bill Whitaker, the correspondent, said this: “To see how wishes become reality, we spent time with some of its most dedicated volunteers in one of its most active chapters in the northeast corner of Arkansas. There, despite persistent poverty, we found inspiring generosity.” The story that followed detailed how, for one day each year, hundreds of volunteers in northeast Arkansas would raise money to be able to grant every single wish for the area’s sickest children. The grand total at the end of the day? $323,000. I won’t spoil the rest of the story for you, but needless to say I was teary eyed and more than a little moved when I watched it. Go to cbsnews.com to see what I mean. The focus of this issue is giving, and the two moms featured this month are making a big impact. Sara Drew, executive director of Literacy Action of Central Arkansas, is leading an organization with a huge mission—teaching adults to read, and teaching English language skills to non-native adults. With an estimated 30,000 adults in Arkansas struggling with basic literacy skills, the impact illiteracy has on a community is great. Kimberly Lacy, an interior designer living in Little Rock, is using her talents to give back to a number of worthy organizations. Providing design services for places like Ronald McDonald House and Women & Children First allows Kimberly to directly impact the people who need these organizations’ services by creating spaces for families with a sick child, and women who are transitioning from shelter to home. On the day we photographed Kimberly at the Ronald McDonald House, she radiated with enthusiasm as she told us about the causes that mean so much to her. You won’t have to look far to find inspiration in this issue. In addition to Sara and Kimberly, you’ll also meet 17-year-old Shelby Shields, who volunteers at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. A patient once herself, Shelby understands what other kids are going through and she uses that experience to help them. Her perspective on the importance of giving back to her community is refreshing, and I love hearing about kids who are helping others. If this issue inspires you to give back, our family guide to nonprofits is sure to come in handy. In addition to detailing the missions and needs of area organizations, we’ve also got some tips on how to choose a charity. You’ll find volunteer opportunities for your family, as well as other ways you can help kids and families in your community. The season of thanks and giving is here. Let’s make the most of it for ourselves and for each other.
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With the holiday travel season right around the corner, keeping the kids happy and occupied for the duration of your journey can be challenging at times. Luckily, we’ve found a few fun things to help pass the time. Tinybop’s suite of educational apps for kids four and up is instantly mesmerizing—in a good way. The Explorers Library, which includes five apps— The Human Body, Plants, Home, Simple Machines and The Earth—is $12.99, and offers a seemingly endless array of interactive playscapes that give curious kids a way to gain a deeper understanding of the world, from what it’s like to live in a Mongolian Gar to a first-hand experience in how hearing works. Each app also has an online handbook for parents, offering ways to continue the learning opportunities found in each program. The apps are also available individually in the App Store. If the kids have read and re-read the Harry Potter series enough that they can recite entire chapters, they now have a new way to enjoy the magic—enhanced editions of all seven books in J.K. Rowling’s timeless series are now available exclusively on the iBooks Store for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac. Customers can download individual books featuring full original text, interactive animations and elaborate artwork bringing these beloved stories to life in a unique way. Harry Potter fans will also find annotations throughout their literary journey, written by the author herself. Each digital book is $9.99, and is published by Pottermore, Rowling’s Wizarding World-inspired digital entertainment company.
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THIS IS THE DROID YOU’RE LOOKING FOR As part of President Obama’s commitment to protect our nation’s unique outdoor spaces and ensure that every American has the opportunity to visit and enjoy them, the Every Kid in a Park initiative allows fourth graders nationwide to go to everykidinapark.gov and obtain a pass for free entry for them and their families to more than 2,000 federally managed lands and waters nationwide for an entire year. Every Kid in a Park invites children of all backgrounds to discover their public lands and all they offer, including opportunities to be active and spend time with friends and family. As living classrooms, these outdoor places and historic sites also provide hands-on, real-world opportunities to develop critical skills and learn about the natural world. Students participate in a fun, educational activity on the Every Kid in a Park website and receive a personalized paper pass to print and bring with them to visit public lands. At certain participating sites, fourth graders can also exchange the paper pass for a durable plastic Interagency Annual 4th Grade Pass. The paper or plastic passes are valid now through August 31, 2016. Every Kid in a Park is an Administration-wide effort supported by the U.S. Department of the Interior (which includes the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Forest Service, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. National Park Service sites in Arkansas include the Buffalo National River and Hot Springs National Park. Visit everykidinapark.gov to find more lakes, natural areas, parks and more to plan your trip.
The new Star Wars film is finally upon us, and that can mean only one thing: Toys! Star Wars: The Force Awakens takes place 30 years after Return of the Jedi—that was in 1983, by the way—introducing us to new heroes and villains, and reuniting us with favorite characters, both human and otherwise. Beloved droids R2-D2 and C-3PO are back, but you’ll want to make some room in your heart for this spherical little guy, too. His name is BB-8, and he’s the loyal droid of Resistance pilot Poe Dameron. BB-8 spins his way around the galaxy…and your living room. The remote-control version of everyone’s favorite new droid dizzily rolls in every direction, chirping and beeping along the way, and promises to captivate kids and adults alike for hours. BB-8 is exclusive to Target.
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Mid-America Science Museum will be celebrating its 16th Annual Taste of the Holidays on Thursday November 19 from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Presented this year by the National Park Medical Center, the fundraiser will include food and drinks from more than 20 Hot Springs vendors, a silent auction, live entertainment by the Jay Payette Jazz Trio and even a few hands-on science experiments. New to this year’s Taste of the Holidays will be the presentation of the MidAmerica Science Scholarship Award. The Hot Springs-area high school student who is selected to receive the scholarship will be honored in person at this year’s fundraiser along with his or her family. “This year we will be awarding $1,000 to the scholarship recipient, but we hope to grow the amount of the scholarship each year,” says Jim Miller, director of marketing at Mid-America Science Museum. Tickets are $70 in advance and $85 at the event, and can be purchased online at midamerica.org or by calling 501-767-3461.
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The ninth installment of The Art Department, a quarterly young professionals series and project of Thea Foundation, will feature the works of sculptors Mia Hall and Morgan Hill. Their exhibition “Girl Talk” will debut with a reception Friday, November 6, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Thea Foundation in North Little Rock’s Argenta district. $10 at the door covers heavy hors d’oeuvres by Ben E. Keith, an open beer and wine bar including local beer by Asana Alehouse, music by DJ Baldego and the chance to win an original work of art. Hall and Hill worked closely together in the art department at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. “[This is] work from two friends who have over time become each other’s inspiration, conspirator and confidante,” Hall says of the exhibition, which features intriguing furniture, lighting installments and more created from concrete, taxidermy, wood and other materials. Hall received an MFA in Furniture Design from San Diego State University in 2004 and has since been the head of the Furniture Design and Woodworking program at the University of Arkansas Little Rock. Hill has been a conceptual designer since 2009, working primarily in wood and metal. Her main influences involve subjects of death, horror, cult and mystery. She graduated from UALR with a BFA in Woodworking and Furniture Design in 2013. Since then she has been an artist’s assistant to Hall and a creative director at the Esse Purse Museum. Today she lives, works and makes art as a Core Fellow at the Penland School of Crafts in Spruce Pine, North Carolina. “Girl Talk” will be on display at Thea Foundation through the month of November. Visit theafoundation.org for more information.
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Mark your calendar for November 19—that’s the kick-off day for Dazzle Daze, the annual fundraiser for the Conway Regional Women’s Council with proceeds benefiting the Conway Regional Health System, Conway Regional Health & Fitness Center scholarships, and the John and Janice Robbins scholarship for area healthcare students. Held at the Conway Expo Center and Fairgrounds, the three-day shopping extravaganza features merchants from around the country offering everything from gourmet food and holiday items to art, jewelry, clothing, home decor and much more. Dazzle Daze kicks off with Girls’ Nite Out, at 6 p.m., Thursday, November 19. $25 gets you first dibs on shopping, fabulous prizes, and great food and drinks. General admission shopping begins the next day, and tickets are $5 per person. Start early that day with a pajama party with Santa—kids can wear their PJs for storytime with Santa, a visit with the elves and even photos! Tickets are $15 and the party starts at 9 a.m. Friday shopping is from 10 a.m.-9 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Visit conwayregional.org/dazzledaze for more information and to purchase tickets.
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The Malvern High School dance team will join the most elite dance, cheer and drill teams from across the country when they perform in the halftime show finale of the Sugar Bowl on January 1, 2016, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Under the direction of Candice Gilbert, the team of 11 students, which includes two returning seniors, will travel to New Orleans where they will rehearse with nationally acclaimed choreographers as part of the WorldStrides OnStage program. In an effort to raise funds for this trip the team will be holding car washes and bake sales. In addition, they will have a crafts booth and will be showing a classic movie at The Ritz, a local theater. To learn how you can help the Malvern High School dance team’s fundraising efforts, contact Candice Gilbert at firstname.lastname@example.org or 501-332-6905.
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Easy to make and even easier to clean up, one-sheet meals offer endless combinations to add to your dinner repertoire. Savvy asked Jolie Mosley, lead faculty culinary at the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute of Pulaski Tech in Little Rock, to share a couple of recipes for one-pan dinners that can be prepared in an hour or less. Mosley’s creations are as delicious as they are beautiful, filled with simple ingredients that promise to bring major flavor to the table.
ROASTED VEGETABLE-STUFFED SPAGHETTI SQUASH Serves 4 1 spaghetti squash, cut in half lengthwise 2 red bell peppers, chopped into large squares ½ yellow onion, large dice 2 green onions, thinly sliced 6-8 mushrooms, halved 1 eggplant, large cubes 4 fresh garlic cloves, halved 6 ounces fresh mozzarella, small dice 2 tablespoons chopped parsley 3 tablespoons chopped thyme 2 tablespoons chopped basil 2 tablespoons chopped oregano 8-10 grape tomatoes, halved 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese 3 tablespoons panko breadcrumbs Preheat oven to 400 F. Roast spaghetti squash for 30-40 minutes until done. Cut the squash lengthwise. Add salt and pepper, and place squash halves face down on a sheet tray. Fill sheet tray with water and place in oven for squash to steam. When it is done you can poke through it with a fork. This step can be done a day in advance. Let the squash cool. Scrape part of the insides of the squash out with a fork. Increase oven to 415 F. Cut all the vegetables except for tomatoes and place them on a sheet tray. Add thyme, olive oil, salt and pepper. Spread in one even layer. Roast for 15-20 minutes until cooked through. Lower oven to 375 F. Add vegetables, mozzarella cheese, all herbs, spaghetti squash scrapings and tomatoes to a bowl and mix thoroughly.
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Flip over spaghetti squash and add in mix, making a large mound on top. Sprinkle with Parmesan and breadcrumbs. Put back in oven for 10-15 minutes until cheese is melted and breadcrumbs are toasted on the top.
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CITRUS/HONEY GLAZED SALMON AND CIDER VEGETABLES WITH COUSCOUS, SPINACH AND CRANBERRIES Serves 4 Cider Vegetables ½ red onion, large dice 1 fennel bulb 2 12-ounce bags cubed butternut squash, or 1 whole squash 4 fresh garlic cloves, halved ½ cup olive oil 2 tablespoons cider vinegar 4 sage leaves, chopped Glaze 3 ounces honey 1 lime 1 orange 1 teaspoon cumin ½ teaspoon paprika 2 salmon fillets 4 ounces pine nuts, toasted 2 cup Israeli couscous 2 ½ cups chicken stock or water 4 ounces dried cranberries 6 ounces fresh spinach 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 415 F. Cut red onion in large dices. Cut fennel bulb into 8 pieces, leaving the stem intact. Add diced butternut squash to sheet pan. Add olive oil, cider vinegar, garlic cloves and sage leaves. Mix completely. Combine honey, lime juice and squeeze ½ of an orange into a bowl. Add cumin and paprika. Mix thoroughly. Put rack over vegetables and add salmon, skin side down, and season with salt and pepper. Add small amount of glaze and put in oven for 15 minutes or until salmon is cooked to desired temperature. Glaze the salmon a couple of times during the cooking process. On a smaller tray, add pine nuts and toast until light brown. This does not take much time. Add olive oil to a pan on the stove, just enough to coat the couscous. Toast the couscous until lightly browned. Add in water or chicken stock, cover and simmer 10 minutes. When done, squeeze the rest of the orange over it. In a bowl, add pine nuts, cranberries and spinach. When couscous is done, pour over spinach to wilt. Mix in roasted vegetables and fresh rosemary. Place mixture in serving bowl and add salmon on top with lime and orange zest if desired.
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FOR THESE LITTLE ROCK MOMS, CHANGING LIVES AND EMPOWERING OTHERS IS A DAILY MISSION BY MEL JONES PHOTOGRAPHY BY MATTHEW MARTIN & BETH HALL
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Sara surfs the shelves at the CALS Main Public Library, where Literacy Action of Central Arkansasâ€™ offices are located.
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One Page at a Time AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF LITERACY ACTION OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS, SARA DREW WORKS TO ADVANCE THE NONPROFIT’S MISSION OF EMPOWERING ADULTS THROUGH LITERACY PHOTOGRAPHY BY MATTHEW MARTIN
Literacy Action of Central Arkansas started in 1986 as a way to provide one-on-one tutoring for adults whose needs were not being served by traditional classroom adult education programs in the area. The organization utilizes volunteers to teach reading skills to adults, and since 1999, works with non-native adults to learn English and use their new skills to participate more fully in community life. Savvy talked to executive director Sara Drew about life with husband William, their 4-year-old son Liam and their rescue dog Cleo, her work and the importance of giving back. SAVVY: WHAT IS YOUR DAY-TO-DAY LIKE? SARA DREW: Crazy! Rise and shine with hubby and son. Feed son, dress son and take son to preschool. Go back home and get ready for work and then we’re off to the races—my workdays are very busy. HOW DO YOU BALANCE WORK, FAMILY AND INTERESTS? I haven’t found a balance. I just try to make my husband and son my first priority every day. Rarely do I do anything just for myself, except read, but I look forward to being able to make myself first again someday. WHEN DID YOU GET INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY AS A PHILANTHROPIST? WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO GET INVOLVED? I’ve been in the nonprofit field since 2006! I’m a philanthropist with my time because that’s where I choose to work—in the nonprofit field. But I know that I am very lucky to have a choice. I wanted to make a difference through my career, not just every once in a while with my money or time. WHAT NONPROFITS ARE YOU INVOLVED WITH, AND HOW DO YOU GIVE BACK TO THEM? I worked for Heifer International for six years and support their work through raising awareness about my past position there. My family also supports The Humane Society of Pulaski County, CARE for Animals, KUAR/KLRE, Museum of Discovery, Arkansas Art Center, Our House, Little Rock Zoo, Nature Conservancy, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Audubon, AETN/PBS and First United Methodist Church. We generally donate our tithe twice a month to a few organizations throughout the year and I have served on several boards for nonprofits. Of course, I work for Literacy Action of Central Arkansas and support my council as well as the Arkansas Literacy Councils. HOW DOES YOUR WORK INFLUENCE YOUR PHILANTHROPIC ENDEAVORS? My work in the nonprofit sector constantly opens my eyes
to the world around me in new and insightful ways. I have a strong sense of justice and respect for human and animal kind, and empathy on a whole new level because my mission through my chosen career has been to give back. WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING ASPECT OF GIVING BACK TO YOUR COMMUNITY? Changing people’s lives. DOES YOUR FAMILY ALSO PARTICIPATE WITH YOU IN GIVING BACK? IF SO, HOW ARE THEY INVOLVED? Yes, they do. My son is still a little young, but my husband has always helped out with all of my organizations’ functions. WHAT DO YOU HOPE YOUR SON LIAM LEARNS FROM YOU ABOUT GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY? I hope my son learns to see outside himself, experience the joy of serving and connecting with other human beings, improving others’ lives and thinking of others before himself at times and that the United States is not the world. We are just a tiny part of a giant world of many different environments and people that see and experience life much differently. WHAT WOULD YOU TELL SOMEONE WHO IS THINKING ABOUT GETTING INVOLVED WITH A NONPROFIT, AS A VOLUNTEER OR IN ANOTHER CAPACITY? It’s very different on a small-scale level, but can be very similar to a for-profit on a large scale as well. You need to be passionate about your career no matter what sector it falls under. WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU WANT THE READER TO LEAVE WITH AFTER HAVING READ THIS FEATURE? Consider learning more about the nonprofits in your community, specifically Literacy Action of Central Arkansas. And by that I mean the smaller nonprofits that go unnoticed but are doing so much good right here in Little Rock. One of the most important facts about adult literacy is that the number-one factor in childhood literacy is whether a parent can read to their child. If a child is never read to by their parents or do not see their parents reading, it doesn’t matter how much we preach about the third grade reading level. Reading starts in the home. Visit literacylittlerock.org to learn more about Literacy Action of Central Arkansas. In addition to tutors, volunteers are needed for a wide variety of activities, from special events and office support to community education services and grant writing. THESAVVYMOMS.COM | NOVEMBER 2015
FOR INTERIOR DESIGNER KIMBERLY LACY, SERVING HER COMMUNITY IS SECOND NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY BY BETH HALL
As an interior designer, product ambassador, blogger, public speaker, system reform coordinator and an advocate for The National Teen Advocacy Group, Kimberly Lacy is busy, to say the least. But the mom of four—son Jalen, 21, and daughters Corliss-Celeste, 18, Madison, 15, and Sierra, 14—seamlessly weaves philanthropy into everything she does. “I am able to accomplish what I have by simply living by the advice that my grandmother once gave me, she says. That advice? “You have been equipped with many gifts and talents—do them with diligence, grace and greatness.” Kimberly, who lives in Little Rock with her high school sweetheart and husband of 20 years, Randy, tells Savvy what inspires her to give back. SAVVY: WHAT IS YOUR DAY-TO-DAY LIKE? KIMBERLY LACY: It takes three day planners, my iPhone and my iPad to keep me organized. I’ve found that it is best for me to sleep on a split-shift sleeping pattern to make the most out of my day. I wake up and start my day at 5:45 a.m. I always begin my day with mediation. I love nature so it is not uncommon for me to frequent Pinnacle Mountain or walk the amazing bridges that overlook the Arkansas River. I spend time with my kids before school, and then it’s off to work for the day. I take a power nap from 3:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. In the evening I often have meetings, but by 9 p.m. I’m back with my family. Late night is a time for me to work uninterrupted—I check email, sketch blueprints, and write proposals, blogs and talking points. I am usually in bed by 1:30 a.m. HOW DO YOU BALANCE WORK, FAMILY AND INTERESTS? I couldn’t do what I do without having a very strong support system. Fortunately, everyone in my immediate support system lives within 10 miles of each other. Accountability and unconditional love from my support system, in addition to the power of saying no to certain projects are significant when trying to juggle such a busy schedule. I’ve been told that I’m a game-changer and a workaholic. That being said, one thing my husband does to divert me from the hustle and bustle of such a hectic lifestyle is to whisk me away to one of our favorite destinations. We also try to schedule regular date nights to keep the spontaneity of our relationship going. In order to keep the bond that we have with our two children who are away at college we schedule mandatory monthly activities (our children are all athletes so activities are usually centered around sports).
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WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO GET INVOLVED IN YOUR COMMUNITY? Growing up I watched my parents give selflessly of themselves, to their ministry and to others in the community. I’ve also experienced my own personal tragedies, which I use as a catalyst to fuel not only my purpose but also my passion in life, and my love of giving to others. One of the personal tragedies that I encountered in life was to overcome the emotional scars that are forever engrained in my mind from watching my childhood home burn to the ground and to see my baby brother being burned on over 90-percent of his body. Through the tragedy and devastation of losing our home along with the question of whether or not my brother would survive, I witnessed the small-knit community where I grew up rally around our family and provide an outpouring of support. At the time we lived three hours away from Arkansas Children’s Hospital, which is the nearest burn center in the state. I remember spending the night at The Ronald McDonald House until my parents could sort out details and finalize arrangements for us. This childhood tragedy led to the family type bond I have with the staff at The Ronald McDonald House. I’ve also had loved ones weather abuse, and even die from the hands of their abuser, which is why I provide interior design makeovers to women who have suffered the same fate. From these experiences I’ve learned that overcoming adversity is easier with the help of a supportive community. WHAT NONPROFITS ARE YOU INVOLVED WITH, AND HOW DO YOU GIVE BACK TO THEM? Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Junior League of Little Rock, The Ronald McDonald House, Women & Children First, Goodwill Industries and Designing Hope are nonprofits that I’ve had the opportunity to give back to. I have a personal connection to each of them, and they are all near and dear to my heart. HOW DOES YOUR WORK INFLUENCE YOUR PHILANTHROPIC ENDEAVORS? When I walk into a room my brain is wired to mentally develop architectural, spatial and conceptual plans. One thing I’ve noticed while working as a volunteer for charities is that the mission and purpose of the charities are vital, substantial. However the aesthetics were often nonfunctional or impractical for the vast amount of clients that they service. After much thought and a strong desire to utilize my gift of interior design to help others, I developed relationships with Women & Children First to provide professional interior design services to clients who are transitioning from the shelter to their own home.
Kimberly often combines family with her philanthropic work, which means spending time together while helping the community.
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The Ronald McDonald House welcomed me with open arms to redo one of the rooms in the house for the well-deserving families that they serve. The staff even named it the Kimberly Lacy Room, and it is very rewarding to hear the stories about how different families enjoyed their stay in the room. I’ve also had the opportunity to assist with The Chocolate Fantasy Ball, the annual fundraiser for The Ronald McDonald House. After designing rooms for both charities I received an influx of requests to provide interior design services for others families and nonprofits that were in need. In order to accommodate the growing demand, Designed by International Flair Designs, the nonprofit extension of my interior design firm, was created. As a result of the prior successes I’ve had as a product ambassador and interior design expert with national powerhouses such as Sherwin-Williams, Target, Kirkland’s, Williams-Sonoma, The Pottery Barn, The Home Depot, ReInvented Vintage and O’Verlay’s. I was able to leverage those partnerships in order to expand the mission behind Designed by International Flair Designs.
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WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING ASPECT OF GIVING BACK TO YOUR COMMUNITY? Whether it is the “OMG” factor when I witness the reaction of a client who is transitioning from the shelter to their own home and are finally able to see their newly designed space for the first time, or the personal fulfillment that I receive from creating a juxtaposition between my purpose, passion and the gift of giving, it is rewarding to know that I am a part of improving the lives of others.
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DOES YOUR FAMILY ALSO PARTICIPATE WITH YOU IN GIVING BACK? IF SO, HOW ARE THEY INVOLVED? Yes, with such a busy schedule there is often the need to combine family time with the philanthropy efforts that I am a part of. My daughters take a hands-on approach in their giving by working with my current philanthropy efforts. They love to cook and prepare meals for families at The Ronald McDonald House, and they often help me with pro bono interior design projects for well-deserving families who are transitioning from the Women & Children First shelter to their own homes. The girls are also a part of Arkansas Children’s Hospital Star Achievers Program. I have also seen my son give the shoes he was wearing to a teenager he just met who had holes in his shoes. For some this may seem trivial, but my son stands 6’7” and wears a size 15 shoe. Needless to say, his shoes are a little costly. I am thankful that I do not have to question if he understands the importance of giving to those who are less fortunate. Observing the selfless acts of my children has allowed me to realize that the deposits I have invested in them would sooner, rather than later, equate to a positive gain. WHAT DO YOU HOPE YOUR KIDS LEARN FROM YOU ABOUT GIVING BACK TO THEIR COMMUNITY? In the generation that they live in, it very easy for kids to develop a false sense of entitlement. I hope that I have taught my children to develop a sense of selflessness and compassion for others. WHAT WOULD YOU TELL SOMEONE WHO IS THINKING ABOUT GETTING INVOLVED WITH A NONPROFIT, AS A VOLUNTEER OR IN ANOTHER CAPACITY? Giving is not about having the time to give but about having the heart to give. WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU WANT READERS TO LEAVE WITH AFTER HAVING READ THIS FEATURE? My only hope in life has always been to help, to inspire, to advocate and to empower others. The platform that God has given me to make a difference in the lives of other’s is a gift that I never take for granted. I challenge readers to find an organization that they have a personal connection to or a focus area that they are passionate about and just do it. Giving is the ultimate form of leadership.
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WHERE HOPE HAS A HOME THE RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE OF ARKANSAS LOOKS TO THE FUTURE WITH PLANS FOR A NEW, MODERN HOME
On July 26, 1980, the Parents and Friends of Children Guesthouse opened its doors to its first guests, with eight bedrooms, three bathrooms, a laundry room, kitchen and a one-bedroom apartment. Fifteen months later, representatives of the Central Arkansas McDonald’s Cooperative approached the board about becoming an official Ronald McDonald House. An agreement was reached in October of 1981, and the House thereafter became known as the Ronald McDonald House of Arkansas (RMHCA). In 1985, an 11,000 square-foot addition was constructed, which added more bedrooms, kitchens, a living room, and a larger laundry room. Today, the 35-yearold House has 28 bedrooms. It operates at full capacity, often with many families on a waiting list. The Ronald McDonald House has served more than 30,000 families since opening its doors, and continues to serve about 900 families per year. The average stay is about 21 nights. There is no financial qualification to stay at the House, and RMHCA does not require payment for its services. Unfortunately, communal bathrooms, small bedrooms, and limited amenities in the current House make it uncomfortable, and sometimes difficult, for families who need to stay for more than just a few days. This is why the Board of Directors for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas has launched the Where Hope Has a Home Capital Campaign to build a new House. Opening in November 2016, the new Ronald McDonald House will be located near the highly visible entrance to the only pediatric hospital in the state, the Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH), and will provide families a larger, modern and more comfortable place to stay. The new five-story House will include bedroom suites with a private bath, queen-size beds and a sitting area, a large, open kitchen and dining spaces, indoor and outdoor play areas, family lounges with computer stations, laundry facilities and lactation rooms on all three residential floors, and increased storage capacity, office space and meeting areas as well as other improved amenities. The fundraising goal for the new House is $8.5 million, with a deadline of April 15, 2016. As of press time, RMHC has raised more than $7.9 million. To learn more about the project and to make a donation, visit rmhclittlerock.org.
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As parents, we hate to see our kids struggle socially or in dealing with challenges. However, navigating difficult situations can be significant milestones in life if they are properly prepared to face them. “There are plenty of ways parents can prepare and help their children when problematic moments arise at school or with friends,” said Senthil Raghavan, M.D., a family medicine specialist at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Here are a few situations that can provide problems and suggestions for dealing with them: Dealing with a Bully: Advise your child to avoid playground bullies and to not be afraid to seek out you or a teacher when problems occur. Left out of the Party: Remind your child there will be other parties in the future. It might also be beneficial to schedule a family activity during the party to keep your child occupied. Conquering Large School Projects: Break the project into smaller tasks. This gives your child feelings of accomplishment along the way and helps reach the end goal. Ultimately, we want our children to grow and prosper as well-rounded individuals. Teaching them to respond appropriately to difficult situations will put them on the right path.
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POSITIVE INFLUENCE TEEN PUTS EXPERIENCE AS PATIENT TO WORK FOR OTHERS BY DWAIN HEBDA
“I’VE BEEN THROUGH WHAT OTHER PATIENTS ARE GOING THROUGH,” SHE SAYS. “MY CASE ISN’T AS BAD AS OTHERS, BUT I STILL KNOW WHAT THEY’RE GOING THROUGH WITH THE DOCTORS AND ALL THAT. I CHOSE CHILDREN’S BECAUSE I WANTED TO GIVE BACK TO THEM, BECAUSE THEY’VE DONE A LOT FOR ME.” —SHELBY SHIELDS
Managing the mobile art cart is but one of the activites 17-year-old Shelby Shields does as a volunteer at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
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PHOTOGRAPHY:COURTESY ARKANSAS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
helby Shields is an ordinary teenager; a bright, active 17-yearold who’s just beginning to think about life after Mount St. Mary Academy in Little Rock. More immediate matters, though, are the junior’s lifelong love affair with dance, her spot on the Rockettes dance squad at school and maintaining her straight-A average. But in other ways, Shelby is very unlike most kids her age. Born with scoliosis, she was fitted for a back brace when she was just a year old. Though she’s nonchalant about living with her condition, by the time she was halfway through her freshman year in high school, it was discovered she required surgery.
And it has been in the aftermath of that procedure, successfully completed in spring 2014, that makes Shelby one in a million, devoting hours of her time to others as a volunteer at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock. “I’ve been through what other patients are going through,” she says. “My case isn’t as bad as others, but I still know what they’re going through with the doctors and all that. I chose Children’s because I wanted to give back to them, because they’ve done a lot for me.” Shelby devotes weeks in the summertime to special hospital programs as well as the occasional day off from school. Her activity has ranged from managing the art cart—a mobile studio where she helps take young patients’ minds off of their conditions for a bit—to helping to run a fitness camp for kids over the summer to promote play and health and healing through physical activity. The activity dovetails nicely with Mount St. Mary’s community service requirements, but that’s not what keeps her coming back to serve patients. She does, however, share the school’s belief that getting young people involved in community service is a very important part of their development as a person. “I think it’s good for young people to be involved because I think that it’s good that we start young to help make a place like Children’s better,” she says. “When we get older, our kids and other young people who follow in our footsteps will have a good place like Children’s when they need it.” Shelby’s influence on the hospital stretches farther than crayons and summer camp. Following her surgery, she was invited to apply for a seat on the hospital’s Youth Advisory Committee. She serves among board members who, like herself, are patients or siblings of patients, ages 14 to 18. “I really wanted to do YAC to give my voice for other people in the hospital,” she says. “I wanted to offer my input and help other patients. Last year, we had a party for some of the patients. Just seeing how happy they were made me happy, seeing the people that I help and how I can make their day better.” In addition to her work at the hospital and on YAC, Shelby also gives of her time through the Angels of Hope Program with the 20th Century Club at school, another means to visit hospitals and volunteer for the group’s lodge for cancer patients. Through her parish, Christ the King Catholic Church, she tutors underprivileged children and serves on the advisory team for the youth ministry program. Shelby comes to her volunteerism naturally, having watched her parents, David and Kay, stay involved in the community at the family’s church and at various school events for Shelby and her sister, Mary Agnes, a freshman at Mount St. Mary. Kay Shields sees the family’s activities as a sort of faith in action, a living thank you for helping bring Shelby through her illness. “She makes me very proud, she’s a good kid and she’s been through a lot,” Kay says. “But in going to the doctor, we’ve always said our problems could be a lot worse. And we always pray and say thank God that it’s not, but you also want to pray for those who do have something worse. “So, one of those things that we say a lot is much is given to us, so much is expected. If we’re able to, we need to give something back, if we have the opportunity to help out with school or with Children’s or whatever. If you have an opportunity to do something good, do it not only for yourself but for others.” In fact, Shelby believes so strongly in the power of volunteerism, she’s got a ready answer for any excuse or hesitancy her peers can come up with when it comes to giving of their time. “I say do it,” she says. “The special project program does not meet that often and you don’t have to be with a patient, you can do stuff around the hospital that still helps out the patients. I think there’s many ways you can still volunteer with a busy schedule or even if you’re not comfortable dealing directly with patients.”
WANT TO GET INVOLVED? Volunteers of all ages with time to give are needed in the community and Arkansas Children’s Hospital is no exception, says Robin Reynolds, director of volunteer services. “With patients coming in from all over the state, volunteers help extend our services,” she says. “There are children here without their families and family members who need a break. Our volunteers bring wonderful projects that can help brighten that child’s day.” The ACH Junior Volunteer Program introduces high-school students ages 14 to 18 to volunteering as well as healthcare careers. During the school year, junior volunteers are invited to participate in a variety of weekday activities when they’re out of school for holidays and teacher workdays. It’s a great way to gain new skills and meet new people while making a difference in the community! For students who wish to dedicate more time to ACH, the Summer Junior Volunteer Program is also available. During the summer program, Junior Volunteers come in for a halfday of service, Monday through Friday. Three two-week sessions are available for the summer—June 6-17; June 20July 1; and July 11-22. Because positions are limited, potential volunteers must submit an application for consideration. Volunteers who are selected to move forward are required to be interviewed, along with their parent or guardian. Applications for the 2016 summer program will be available on February 1, 2016. Potential volunteers must meet certain criteria before applying, including: • Must be at least 14 by April 1, 2016 • Must be able to volunteer Monday through Friday for assigned shift • Must be able to commit to a mandatory training and orientation held on the first day of volunteer session • Must complete volunteer application and packet • Provide proof of a TB skin test results • Provide two references • Must adhere to all rules and regulations For more information about junior volunteer programs, and for additional ways you and your family can get involved, please visit the volunteer services page on the hospital’s website: archildrens.org/supporters/volunteer-services.
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MISSION: Since 1994, ACCESS has been building brighter futures for children, young adults and families in Little Rock and beyond. We are a nonprofit organization committed to building new levels of confidence, competence and opportunity by empowering students with learning disabilities to define and achieve success throughout their lives. At ACCESS, we view our students as unique individuals with strengths, talents, gifts and abilities to be recognized and developed. HOW YOU CAN HELP: More than 17 percent of ACCESS’ annual budget comes from individual donations, and a variety of giving levels and opportunities are available. Volunteers are always needed for classroom activities, serving on special event committees or helping in on-site retail businesses, ACCESS Gardens and ACCESS Ceramics.
MISSION: The Arkansas Arts Center Foundation was created in 1972 to manage and administer an endowment fund for the benefit of the Arkansas Arts Center and to hold legal title to the collection of art objects. HOW YOU CAN HELP: Kids and family teams can volunteer as ushers at the Children’s Theatre, and volunteers of all ages are needed for exhibitions and special events, to help in the Museum Shop and to provide administrative support.
Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families aradvocates.org MISSION: Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families’ mission is to ensure that all children and their families have the resources and opportunities to lead healthy and productive lives and to realize their full potential. HOW YOU CAN HELP: Your tax-deductible gift will help provide lawmakers with the most timely, rigorously investigated and understandable research possible, encouraging them to consider children in every bill they author and every vote they cast. Become a monthly donor or make a one-time donation. In-kind services and products are always welcome and appreciated.
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Arkansas Foodbank | arkansasfoodbank.org MISSION: The Arkansas Foodbank is a cornerstone of hunger relief that acquires and distributes, through local and national partnerships, large quantities of food and other resources to hungry people. HOW YOU CAN HELP: Every dollar given to the Arkansas Foodbank buys enough food for five meals. For a single donation of $50, 400 meals can be provided. Volunteers are also needed to work in the warehouse during the week and on Saturdays, sort food donations, help with special events, work in the office and even the Foodbank’s 10,000-square-foot community garden. You can also host a food drive!
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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas | bbbsca.org
MISSION: Arkansas Rice Depot has a simple yet daunting mission of improving the lives of hungry Arkansans. We empower and provide dignity and hope to families, and contribute to improved academics for children by providing nutritious food. The Arkansas Rice Depot envisions communities that are healthier, happier and more productive through improved nutrition. HOW YOU CAN HELP: Become a Hunger Hero with a monthly donation, or make a one-time gift. Just $100 buys 10 pounds of food for each of eight families. The special Kids Helping Kids program offers specific ways for children to help others, from lemonade stands and birthday collections to local missions, in which churches make VBS or other mission projects about the Food for Kids program.
MISSION: To provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. HOW YOU CAN HELP: Individual donations are necessary to help recruit new volunteers, cover the costs of background checks and insurance, and ensuring trained individuals match children with caring and responsible Bigs. Volunteer to be a Big to a child in the community, and reap the rewards of being a mentor and positive influence for a child. Volunteers are also needed for the Big League, a group that supports Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas through fundraising and activities.
Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches | youthranches.com
MISSION: To provide exceptional services to ensure that all people with disabilities or special needs have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities. HOW YOU CAN HELP: Volunteer in a classroom, lend a hand landscaping and mulching at the facility, assist with crafts and other projects at the preschool or Children’s Rehabilitation Center, or serve as a “tracker” for the A.R.T. (Artistic Realization Technologies) program, where you’ll be the hands and arms by taking direction to create art.
MISSION: To address, remedy and prevent child abuse and neglect by creating safe, healthy and permanent homes for children. HOW YOU CAN HELP: Make a one-time gift or become a Builder of Hope with a monthly donation—$25 can provide up to six pairs of shoes for boys and girls. Volunteer opportunities include being a ranch hand and tutoring. You can also help ASYR by purchasing their grass-fed and antibiotic- and steroid-free ground beef, just $12 for two pounds.
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*#GIVINGTUESDAYAR IS DECEMBER 1! GIVING TUESDAY IS THE NATIONWIDE KICKOFF FOR THE CHARITABLE GIVING SEASON, WHEN MANY FOCUS ON HOLIDAY AND END-OF-YEAR GIVING. LEARN MORE AT GIVINGTUESDAY.ORG.
CARTI | carti.com MISSION: To promote the finest quality cancer treatment and compassionate care and to improve our knowledge through education and research. HOW YOU CAN HELP: Financial gifts help cancer patients in a myriad of ways, including providing fuel vouchers and housing assistance to help lowincome patients access daily radiation therapy treatments, passenger vans to help transport patients to treatment, emotional and nutritional counseling for patients and their families, retreats and educational seminars for patients and caregivers, and assistance targeted to help breast cancer patients. Volunteers are needed to staff the waiting rooms at some oncology offices, as well as for office and clerical work, and helping at events like Festival of Trees and CARTI Kids Golf Classic.
Camp Aldersgate | campaldersgate.net MISSION: Camp Aldersgate is dedicated to providing year-round social service programs for over 1,700 individuals of all ages and backgrounds. With the support of our surrounding communities, businesses and friends, we are able to provide the best possible atmosphere, equipment and facilities for our extraordinary participants. HOW YOU CAN HELP: Camp Aldersgate offers a seemingly endless array of volunteer opportunities. Kids age 14 and up can serve as a volunteer counselor and help campers with activities like fishing, archery and canoeing. Volunteers of all ages are needed for Seniors’ Day Out to help serve meals, lead singing groups, craft activities and Bible study. Volunteers are also always needed to help with office tasks.
Goodwill Industries of Arkansas | goodwillar.org MISSION: Goodwill Industries of Arkansas helps build lives, families and communities by assisting people with disabilities and other special needs reach their highest potential through training, education and employment services. HOW YOU CAN HELP: In addition to donating clothes and money, Goodwill also needs volunteers to collect clothes during donation drives, help out at retail locations by collecting and sorting donations and stocking shelves, present a workshop to participants or help out in the office.
Heifer International | heifer.org MISSION: Heifer International’s mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth. HOW YOU CAN HELP: Make a monthly donation or give a life-changing gift of livestock to a family in need. Kids can donate their birthdays or join the Read to Feed Program, and volunteers are always needed at Heifer Village in Little Rock and Heifer Ranch in Perryville, as well as at community events.
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Literacy Action of Central Arkansas | literacylittlerock.org MISSION: To build a community of adults empowered through literacy by teaching reading skills to adults and English language skills to non-native adults. HOW YOU CAN HELP: Monetary donations help the organization provide tutoring and other services to help adults learn to read and empower them to reach their goals. Volunteer tutors are needed, and LACA always needs assistance with special events, recruiting tutors, market research, community education services and creative services, such as copy writing, graphic arts, photography and videography.
Our House | ourhouse.org MISSION: Our House empowers homeless and near-homeless families and individuals to succeed in the workforce, in school and in life through hard work, wise decision-making, and active participation in the community. HOW YOU CAN HELP: In addition to financial gifts, Our House accepts donations of food, clothing and other much-needed items like towels, baby food, diapers and gift cards. Kids can clean out their rooms and donate clothes and toys they’ve outgrown at My Favorite Thrift Store, where sales benefit Our House. Volunteers are essential, and Our House hosts a Family Volunteer Day every spring, summer and fall, focusing on specific activities that kids and parents can do together. Families can also provide and serve a meal.
United Way of Central Arkansas | uwcark.org MISSION: United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities. HOW YOU CAN HELP: Financial contributions support the United Way of Central Arkansas’ financial stability, community health, educate a child and disaster preparedness programs. Those interested in volunteering will be matched with an area in their community that can utilize their time, talent and interests.
Women & Children First | wcfarkansas.org MISSION: To empower women and their children to live independently and free from domestic violence by providing crisis intervention, safe shelter, social/legal advocacy and support services. HOW YOU CAN HELP: Women & Children First relies on the financial gifts and donations of goods and services to keep their programs running. Become a donor, or serve as a volunteer in the office, at fundraisers or working the help hotline. All donors and volunteers must sign a confidentiality agreement.
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