Community is important to all of us at Fence Protector Staining & Sealing – that’s why 5% of all sales go to a customer-voted, nonprofit organization located in our back yard.
There are so many great organizations who make our community better, in so many different ways, that it’s hard for us to pick just one. So we’ve narrowed down our list to ten, each in their own category. We’ve also provided links to their websites and social media to help you learn more about what they do and how to become engaged.
CARE: Central Arkansas Rescue Efforts for Animals
Category: Animal Welfare
CARE’s mission is to conduct animal rescue by providing medical care and placing animals facing impending euthanasia into foster and permanent homes, to increase awareness for the need to sterilize pets to reduce overpopulation, to establish a mobile spay/neuter clinic, and to work with and advise animal shelters in central Arkansas on animal welfare issues.
Why we love them: These folks are the ones we turn to when that stray or lost critter wanders into our yard – and they’re the ones who we turn to for a backyard playmate.
The Rep: Arkansas Repertory Theatre
CATEGORY: Arts & Humanities
Arkansas Repertory Theatre exists to create a diverse body of theatrical work of the highest artistic standards. With a focus on dramatic storytelling that illuminates the human journey, The Rep entertains, engages and enriches local and regional audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
Why we love them: The Rep provides opportunities for young people to take their theatrical dreams from backyard productions to full-scale professional ones.
Habitat for Humanity of Pulaski County
CATEGORY: Community & Civic Engagement, Public & Social Benefit
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
Why we love them: Habitat is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and helping hardworking folks call a place home that they can be proud of.
Goodwill Industries of Arkansas
CATEGORY: Economic Development
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.
Why we love them: In addition to giving us the chance for tax-able donations for that lawn furniture that we’re replacing, Goodwill puts the “teach a man to fish” saying into practice with their “hand up, not a hand out” skill training, education opportunities, job preparedness and job placement programs.
CALS: Central Arkansas Library System
The CALS mission is to acquire, organize, and administer collections of books and related materials and to provide access and services that best meet the needs of our patrons for information and enjoyment.
Why we love them: CALS lends books to show you how to build that dream tree-house and the books that inspire all the imaginative games that are played in it. They also loan laptops, provide book club kits, offer meeting rooms, and host all sorts of great events free to the public.
Arkansas Wildlife Federation
To promote conservation, responsible management, and sustainable use of Arkansas’ fish, wildlife, natural resources, and outdoor recreational opportunities through education and advocacy.
Why we love them: AWF ensures that we don’t have to change the slogan of our “natural state” – which also ensures that all those critters that live in the woods don’t end up in our neighborhoods.
City Connections Inc.
Our mission is to encourage and help engage people of faith who stand ready to give of themselves in their unique area of giftedness, life experiences, and passion.
Why we love them: City Connections connects people with things to share (like the swing set your kids has outgrown) with the people who need them (a church, school, park, or family-owned daycare) and they do it at no charge. They’ll even find some volunteers to help it get from your yard to its next home – and they do it all for free.
L.O.V.E. Let Our Violence End
The primary purpose of L.O.V.E. is to provide comprehensive, compassionate and quality services to youth with behavioral, emotional, or addictive challenges, with the ultimate goal of reducing violence in schools and communities through grassroots outreach efforts.
Why we love them: L.O.V.E. is making our neighborhoods and schools safer and helping our kids grow up with a sense of safety and purpose through a plethora of programs and a truly brilliant partnership program.
Reach Out & Read Arkansas
Reach Out and Read prepares Arkansas’s youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together.
Why we love them: Dreams, imagination, drive, self-motivation, vocabulary, success and so much more all stem from literacy and being read to. Reach Out & Read Arkansas helps youngsters have an opportunity to live the American Dream.
Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance
CATEGORY: Human Services
Our mission is to reduce food insecurity in Arkansas through direct hunger relief, education and advocacy.
Why we love them: In addition to providing programs that teach low income children, families, and seniors how to shop and cook healthy meals on small budgets, AHRA also provides programs on subjects like gardening that help folks maintain food security.
Our customers get to decide which group gets our charitable donation each year. More information on how to vote will be posted soon!