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Bentonville Recognized as Volunteer Community of the Year for 4 Consecutive YearsDec 4, 2013 in Member News!
Mayor Bob McCaslin is pleased to announce the City of Bentonville has been named a 2013 Volunteer Community of the Year. Other communities being honored this year are Blytheville, Clarendon, Clarkridge, Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Heber Springs, Murfreesboro, Norfolk, Redfield, Van Buren, and Vilonia.
Volunteers demonstrated a commitment to helping their fellow citizens and community in each of the cities that received recognition. Sherry Middleton, director of the DHS Division of Community Service and Nonprofit Support said, “We are proud to recognize these communities for their volunteer spirit. Their volunteers work hard to make sure area needs are met and that makes these communities better places for everyone to live.”
Co-sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Community Service and Nonprofit Support, the Arkansas Municipal League and the Office of the Governor, the award is designed to congratulate and thank communities for their collective effort(s) to serve their neighbors. Communities chosen for the award will receive signs from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department designating their city as a “Volunteer Community of the Year”. The signs will be placed at the City’s borders. The Division of Volunteerism and the Arkansas Municipal League will present the awards to the winners at a luncheon on January 30, 2014, during the League’s Winter Conference.
The Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Community Service and Nonprofit Support promotes and supports volunteerism in the private, nonprofit and governmental sectors as a means of enhancing the quality of life for all Arkansans. The City of Bentonville, with the help of 43 organizations, reported that 16,520 individuals gave 388,959 hours of service to our community. These hours are valued at more than $8.6 million and represent a generous gift to our community. Bentonville reported a 14.5% increase in the number of volunteers from 2012, and the number of hours volunteered were up 7.6%.
Nominations for Mayor McCaslin’s 4th Quarter Outstanding Citizen Award are being accepted until December 20, 2013. The Outstanding Citizen Award program was initiated in January 2011 to recognize the exceptional volunteer contributions of Bentonville residents. There are three award categories: adult, youth, and community group. To obtain a nomination form and additional information, please visit the City’s website at www.bentonvillear.com, or e-mail email@example.com.