CLC scholars are well-known on campus and in the Little Rock community. They strive to produce excellent academic work and serve as community leaders. The freshman scholars alone performed more than 6,000 hours of volunteer service in the Little Rock community. We take satisfaction in our students’ success and the work they perform to help others. This past year, we volunteered with over twenty different organizations in the Little Rock Community.
Reach 13,000 is a UALR non-perishable food drive initiative. Last year we reached over 14,000 items with help from UALR organizations, departments, staff, and faculty. This project last from August util November and you see our progress grow by our display between the Information Desk and the Book Store in the DSC. All of our items are donated to the Arkansas Foodbank or to help UALR’s Staff Senate “Helping Hands” drive.
To further create campus wide involvement, we have three events during the fall semester: Reach 13,000 Kickball Tournament, Constitution Day, and Battle of the Talents.
Boo at the Zoo
Each year around October we have several groups of students in CLC that volunteer at the Little Rock Zoo for Boo at the Zoo. We help in a variety of different ways from face painting, treat stations, haunted houses and interacting with the kids.
A huge event that we love to participate in which takes place in Downtown Little Rock is the Color Run. We have participated by throwing color on participants in different color zones and helping with clean up after the race ended. The Color Run also makes donations in each city that it visits to local charities.
AR Kids Read
CLC has worked alongside the Little Rock School District for the past couple of years helping at Bale Elementary. We have several groups of students that volunteer at the elementary on a weekly basis meeting with elementary age kids for an hour to read and mentor them.
Arkansas’s first state park which is used to promote environmental education, outdoor recreation, and preservation. CLC has had several service dates at Pinnacle helping in a variety of different ways including litter pickup, hiking trips, helping set up and take down for large events such as paws on pinnacle and race events as well.
For the past several years we have had service days at the Joseph Pfeifer Kiwanis Camp which is for at risk kids who live in Pulaski County between the ages of 9-14. During the Fall semester one of our families normally spends a Saturday helping clean up the camp by raking, planting new flowers, sweeping and buffing the floors, painting and winterizing cabins.
According to The Miracle League’s website, there are over 250 Miracle League Organizations across the country and serve over
200,000 children and young adults with disabilities. One of our Ambassadors took his group out and they helped by selling tickets, working in the concession stand and taking tickets at the gate.
March of Dimes
March of Dimes an organization that helps pregnant women have healthy babies and research information on how to prevent problems that threaten babies. Last year we helped at one of their events they held called Bikers for Babies. One of our Ambassadors took her group out and helped set up tents, served food, sold t-shirts and helped clean up afterwards.
“Each year, thousands of cyclists from around the country descend on Central Arkansas for what has become the largest and most publicized cycling tour in Arkansas. The Big Dam Bridge, famous for its name and its reputation for being the longest cycling and pedestrian bridge in the world, has attracted cyclists from all over to participate in this yearly event. “http://www.thebigdambridge100.com/
We have participated by making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, cutting oranges and bananas, handing out cups of pickle juice and waters and helping set up and take down.
“The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® Series, the largest series of 5K runs/fitness walks in the world, raises significant funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer, celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease.” http://www.komenarkansas.org/ We have participated in this event by handing out water, encouraging people while they are walking, and helping with events prior to the race.
Our House provides the working homeless – individuals and families – with shelter, housing, job training, education, childcare and summer youth programs, in order to equip them with the skills to be successful in the workforce, the community and their own families.
The mission of the Humane Society of Pulaski County is to rescue, care for and find homes for abandoned, abused, homeless and unwanted animals; to reduce suffering of animals; to investigate, prosecute, and prevent abuse; and to reduce the number of homeless animals through adoption, spay/neuter, and through education.
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Heifer International’s mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the Earth. Heifer works with families in need across the globe to overcome poverty and hunger. By giving families a hand up, not just a handout, we empower them to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity. But our approach is more than that, by bringing communities together and linking them with markets in their area, we help bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty.
Little Rock School District Garden Project
For most schools, the first step is to create the learning garden. The REAL School Gardens program unites teachers, parents, businesses and the students themselves to design a learning garden tailored to each school’s unique needs. Then, in one satisfying day of service, hundreds of volunteers come together to create a beautiful place for children to learn and grow. CLC will be working with the Little Rock School District throughout the year to get these gardens started at their school.