Human Relations Day 2011
United Methodist Churches across the country, including Theressa Hoover UMC, recently celebrated Human Relations Day. It's a day where offerings make it possible for Better Community Development, Inc. and other community developers to turn lives around and make a change for the better. In 2009, nearly $600,000 was given to the Human Relations Day offering, and of the money that is raised 57% is given to Community Developers Programs.
Human Relations Day is celebrated each year on the Sunday before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, but you can give anytime.
BCD Welcomes New Board Members
"I certainly have confidence in you and I know you can do a fantastic job," said BCD Executive Director Rev. William Robinson, Jr.
Robinson, current BCD board members and staff welcomed five new members during the first board of directors meeting of 2011. New board members include:
- Ernestine Blunt, Retired, City of Little Rock - Community Programs
- Dianna Kinsey, Asst. Dean, UALR School of Law
- Thomas Moore, Architect, Cromwell Architects / Engineers
- Rev. Malik Saafir, Associate Pastor, Theressa Hoover UMC
- Frank D. Scott, Jr., Deputy Dir. of Policy, Office of Gov. Mike Beebe
Moore said he's looking forward to "being involved with a board that stresses community involvement as a source to heal other problems.”
Eric Gustafson will remain as the board's Chair, John Turner was elected Vice-Chair, Carla Sparks will serve as Secretary, and Rev. Barbara Douglas as Treasurer. Rev. Dr. Michael Mattox and Rev. Robinson will also continue to serve on the board.
Career Readiness Program to Begin in February
A 4-week career preparation course is set to begin in February thanks to a generous grant from Walmart. The Walmart Foundation State Giving Program donated $25,000 to BCD's Career Readiness program, which focuses on basic workplace skills and ethics.
Career Readiness uses the curriculum of Jobs for Life and WorkNet to help students recognize and use their skills in order to find and keep a job. Students learn skills such as teamwork, ethics and conflict resolution. The program will serve 100 people over the next year, including a class for youth which will begin this summer.
To register for the Career Readiness program, contact Ruth Jones at 501-379-1561.
AKAs Give Back With Service Project
As part of its National Founders' Day, members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority gathered at Hoover United Methodist Church to put together 100 personal hygiene kits for BCD clients. The kits included toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant and other toiletry items.
“This project is important because of those individuals that are in need," said AKA member and project lead Brenda Hanes. "I’m so glad to be here, to be a part of this organization, to be a part of what we’re doing."
Alpha Kappa Alpha held its 2011 National Founders' Day celebration in Little Rock. The theme of this year's celebration was Reflections & Remembrance of Timeless Service, and members of the organization participated in service projects around the city.
Collecting "Soles 4 Souls"
BCD, in partnership with Theressa Hoover United Methodist Women, have a new fundraising drive called "Soles 4 Souls". We're collecting new and gently-used adult shoes, with a goal of 10,000 pairs by April 1st. The mission project will net $1.50 for each pair of shoes collected, and the money will be used toward programming for the disadvantaged families served.
"The shoe drive is important to us because we stand to gain $15,000 for BCD programs," said fundraiser organizer Nicki Spencer. "It will allow us to continue to offer services for those who are underserved in Little Rock."
Please wrap each pair of shoes in a plastic bag and contact Nicki Spencer at 501-379-1560 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a drop off time.