American Red CrossThe American Red Cross of Greater Arkansas provides 24 hour disaster relief to victims of natural and man made disasters with immediate needs of food, clothing and emergency shelter. Around the clock emergency communications for military personnel and their families is also provided. The Red Cross also provides disaster training and education such as First Aid/CPR, water safety, and lifeguarding. redcross.org/arkansas
Boy Scouts of AmericaThe Quapaw Area Council, Inc. Boy Scouts of America is one of the premier Scouting councils in America and has served White County since 1921. The council partners with local churches, civic clubs, community or fraternal organizations, and other non-profits to deliver the Scouting program in local communities. These include boy and girls in Cub Scouts (ages 5-10), Scouts BSA (ages 10-18), and Venturing (ages 14-20). In 2017 there were more than 520 youth and volunteers registered in Scouting throughout White County.
CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocates of White CountyCASA is a non-profit national organization, which was chartered in White County in 2000. These court appointed advocates serve children who have entered the foster care system due to abuse or neglect. They encourage and monitor the parents and make recommendations to the judge in the best interest of the child. White County CASA has 90+ volunteers. In 2017 they served 6,111 hours advocating for 296 children.
Child Safety CenterThe Child Safety Center is a child-focused facility where the efforts of local law enforcement, DHS, and the Prosecutor’s office, and the Arkansas State Police are better coordinated so that together they can address more effectively the investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse. The center serves over 400 different children each year through forensic interviews, medical exams, therapy, and advocacy services.
Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.Girl Scouts is the best leadership experience for girls. We bring more than 100 years of history, expertise and research-backed programming designed specifically to meet the unique needs and interests of girls and the way they learn best. Our all-girl, girl-led and girl-friendly environments help girls feel more comfortable expressing their ideas, moving out of their comfort zone, trying new things and stepping up to lead. Since our inception, Girl Scouts has been about putting girls front and center, equipping them to be fearless leaders and change-makers who can face any challenge, from the wilderness to the boardroom, with courage, confidence, and character.
Jacob's PlaceJacob’s Place, located in Searcy, serves as a temporary housing refuge for White County homeless families with children. The mission empowers the homeless by providing financial, spiritual, emotional, and job counseling services while they receive shelter. Since 2008, 190 families were served which includes 251 children, 155 women, and 38 men.
Literacy Council of White CountyOn the forefront of the fight against illiteracy in White County is the Literacy Council of White County. Reading instruction, using the Barton Reading & Spelling system, is provided by trained volunteer tutors in a one-on-one learning setting. Adult Literacy, Dyslexia Intervention, Work-Skills, English is a Second Language, and Family Literacy services are provided. Books are mailed to children ages birth-5, at no cost to parents, through their Imagination Library of White County program.
Newhope Specialized IndustriesAt Newhope Specialized Industries, 60 intellectually and physically disabled residents of White County are provided with not only evaluations and referrals but receive help developing communication, social skills, prevocational skills and job training skills. Counseling and work training helps to prepare them for job placement in the community. Newhope serves adult individuals. No fees are charged to individuals.
Special OlympicsArea 6 Special Olympics provides year-round competition and training in a wide variety of sports. Athletes from White County participate in state, national, and international competitions on a regular basis. Athletes have the opportunity to participate in sports camps in the summer.
Sunshine SchoolThe Sunshine School provides special education and therapy to infants, children, and adults who are developmentally disabled. Students receive instruction in self-help skills, motor skills, communication, socialization, academics, and prevocational skills. The school serves nearly 75 students at no charge to their families.
White County 4-H FoundationWith 16 clubs in White County, the 4-H program has more than 400 members ranging in age from 5 to 19. Life skills are taught to youth through competitive events, educational workshops, conferences, a shooting sports program, and camps. Over 700 hours and 4,000+ people were reached in 2017 as a result of community service efforts by White County 4-H members and volunteers. Through club involvement, school enrichment, and community service efforts, more than 7,000 White County residents were reached through 4-H.
White County AgingThe White County Aging Program served over 95,000 meals at six senior centers located at Searcy, Russell, Bradford, Griffithville, Pangburn, and Garner. Nearly 47,000 of these meals were home delivered. Transportation, recreation, and socialization services are also provided for clients in White County. Eligibility is not contingent on income.
White County Domestic Violence Prevention and Rape CrisisWhite County Domestic Violence Prevention, Inc. operates Hope cottage, a shelter for abused women and their children. Hope Cottage offers shelter, support groups, safety planning and other assistance with achieving independence to battered women and their children. Also, advocacy services are available for sexual assault victims. Services can be accessed through the hotline at 501-278-4673. Victims may call collect.
White County Group HomesWhite County Group Homes provides supervised living and independence training for 15 developmentally disabled adults in the White County area. Each resident has a private bedroom and shares living room, dining room, and kitchen facilities. Full-time staff provide training in independence skills. WCGH is a semi-independent living facility. Residents must be at least 18 years of age and be capable of acquiring independence skills.
White County Single Parent Scholarship FundThe White County Single Parent Scholarship Fund, Inc. awards scholarships to White County single parents of minor children who are pursuing post-secondary education in order to achieve skilled employment.
Wilbur D. Mills CenterThe Wilbur D. Mills Center provides Detoxification, Residential, Day-Treatment and Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment Services. Transitional and independent housing facilities are available. United Way funds have allowed them to implement the ARTC Program, (Achieving Resiliency, Responsibility & Recovery Through Creativity).United Way funds in 2018-2019 are being used to start a Horticulture/Nutrition program. This program provides opportunities to enhance recovery. In 2017, WDM served 532 clients from White County.
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