Be Extraordinary to Sponsor Little Rock Marathon Wheelchair/Handcycle Division

Be Extraordinary LogoFort Smith based nonprofit Be Extraordinary will sponsor the wheelchair / handcycle division of the 2015 Little Rock Marathon, scheduled for February 28-March 1, 2015. Participants in the race will include Para-Olympian Seth Arsenau as well as Boston Marathoner and last year’s handcycle division winner, Scott Porter. The division attracts participants who are unable to use their legs and who race in specially modified wheelchairs and three-wheeled cycles.

Funding for Be Extraordinary’s sponsorship is provided by a generous grant from InvoTek, Inc., an engineering company in Alma, Arkansas, that creates technologies and services for people with disabilities.

“We’re excited to have Be Extraordinary as a sponsor this year,” said Geneva Lamm, Little Rock Marathon co-chairman. “The work they do is amazing and our partnership fits nicely with our mission of ‘A Race for Every Pace.’ “

Be Extraordinary Marathoners“Our mission at Be Extraordinary is to help people with a disability reach a life goal,” added Jennifer Kistler, Be Extraordinary board president. “Our partnership with the Little Rock Marathon is intended to raise the community’s awareness of what people with disabilities can accomplish given the right tools and support.”

The wheelchair / handcycle participants will begin 5 minutes before the runners on March 1, 2015 over the 26.2 mile course.

About Be Extraordinary and the Little Rock Marathon

Be Extraordinary is a 501(c)(3) organization that has helped dozens of people with severe disabilities in Arkansas and Missouri accomplish a life goal. Be Extraordinary uses tax-deductible contributions from generous donors to fund these projects. For more information on Be Extraordinary or to support the work, please visit www.be-x.org.

The Little Rock Marathon is in its 13th year and attracts over 17,000 runners to the marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K, and children’s run. Find more information at www.littlerockmarathon.com.

Little Rock Compassion Center Challenged to Provide Thanksgiving for Poor and Homeless Neighbors

LRCCFor more information contact: Pastor William Holloway, 501-831-2340

LITTLE ROCK COMPASSION CENTER CHALLENGED TO PROVIDE THANKSGIVING FOR POOR & HOMELESS

Serious Food Shortfall Impacts Effort to Serve Little Rock’s Neediest – Asking for Public’s Help

WHAT:      The Little Rock Compassion Center will serve a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to the most desperate people in our area: low income and homeless men, women and children.

The Mission plans to serve a traditional holiday menu: Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables and pie and coffee.  Chef Mark will also make his delicious stuffing.

Because the price of food is up and donations are down, the Mission is in dire need of turkeys and other food items for the Thanksgiving meal and food boxes. And this year, more people than ever are seeking help.  LRCC needs Little Rock to step up to serve the least of these: the poorest of the poor.  Any and all donations are welcome and will go directly to fund holiday food help.

WHO:         Volunteers along with LRCC staff serve the meal.

WHEN:       Thursday November 27, 2014. 

3:30 AM – 7:00 AM– LRCC kitchen crew begins preparing the meal.  Terrific live shot opportunity for TV morning news programs.  Reporters are welcome to work with our meal prep team.

5:30 – 8.00 AM Breakfast served to overnight guests, program participants and others

12:00 Noon to 1:30 PM – Midday meal service

4:00 to 6:00 PM – Evening meal service

WHERE:     Little Rock Compassion Center

3618 W. Roosevelt Road

Little Rock, AR 77204

WHY:         The Little Rock Compassion Center is a nonprofit organization providing homeless, disadvantaged and chemically dependent people with food and clothing, as well as Biblical counseling, guidance and most importantly, the gift of HOPE. Caring individuals and businesses privately fund the Little Rock Compassion Center.

Photo/Interview Opportunities:

  • Photo ops as well as interviews available with guests and Little Rock Compassion Center staff and volunteers
  • Early morning crews should contact Pastor Holloway for early live shot logistics.

The Watershed Welcomes People in Need, Volunteers, Contributors to 36th Annual Thanksgiving

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THANKSGIVING AT THE WATERSHED

3701 Springer Blvd.

Little Rock, Ark. 72206

Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm

Ph:  501-378-0176

The Watershed is planning for the 36th Annual Thanksgiving! Last year the Watershed fed over 7,000 people and did so with the help of over 400 volunteers.

Organizers are expecting another big year!   There are still plenty of opportunities to get involved if you haven’t done so. The work is all done by volunteers and is a community effort.

Calls are coming in from families in need from as far as England and Benton.

The Watershed is in need of turkeys, side items (such as: dressing, mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, macaroni and cheese, candied yams, and cranberry sauce) and cooks. Volunteers and delivery drivers are also needed to help box up & deliver the food.

*These food items can be prepared or a monetary donation can be given.

Thanksgiving Day at the Watershed will be from 8:00am until 4:00pm. Volunteers need to be there at 8:00am.

Coats and clothing will be distributed and collected.  A great need for these items and household furnishings have been requested from several house fire victims.

This year, FREE HAIRCUTS will be given to the elderly, Veterans, and the homeless on Thanksgiving Day from 10:00am-until.

For more information or to make a commitment to donate food or volunteer, call the Watershed at 501-378-0176

Sierra Club of Arkansas Asks for $20.15 for 2015

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A message from Glen Hooks, chapter director of the Sierra Club of Arkansas:

As the year heads to a close, I’m writing to Sierra Club leaders and friends to ask for a year-end donation to the Arkansas Sierra Club.  Will you help?

Today, I’m kicking off our “$20.15 for 2015campaign, aimed at building our coffers for the battles in the new year.  2015 is going to be full of opportunities for us to work on clean energy, fighting dirty coal, protecting our air and water, and working for healthy forests.  Sierra Club will be in the middle of the fight, but we need your support to operate at maximum effectiveness.

Will you give $20.15 or more to support our work in 2015?  Every dollar you donate stays right here in Arkansas, and goes toward building a progressive environmental future for the Natural State.

To donate online, go to www.arkansas.sierraclub.org, and click DONATE.  You can make a one-time gift or, for increased impact, set up a recurring donation that happens automatically each month.  

You can also donate by check or by phone, using the contact information below.

Your support is critical, and much appreciated.  Thank you for all that you do for Sierra Club.

Glen Hooks, J.D.

Chapter Director

Sierra Club of Arkansas

1308 West 2nd Street

Little Rock, AR  72201

(501) 301-8280 (office)

glen.hooks@sierraclub.org

“Never Forget–Mother Nature Bats Last”

Join the Sierra Club today!  Head on over to www.arkansas.sierraclub.org and click JOIN

CJRW Seeks Project Manager

Position Description

The CJRW Project Manager/Traffic Coordinator must have three to five years of project management experience.  He or she must possess an ability to work with the Creative Director, Production and Account Services staff to develop schedules and manage deliverables using WebAdvantage, the agency’s Web-based Project Management database. The ideal candidate will be organized, focused and have a good working knowledge of advertising agency processes and procedures. The candidate must be a self-starter with strong people skills, an aptitude for problem solving and an ability to collaborate with multiple departments to keep projects on schedule.  This person must be able to manage multiple projects simultaneously. After Account Service opens a new job, the Project Manager ensures that every job is completed and delivered to client satisfaction, on time, within budget and at the highest level of excellence.

Responsibilities – Process job orders, develop and update schedules, make creative assignments with input from the Creative Director, and open a physical job jacket to be given to assigned team members

Traffic all creative projects and make sure each project is routed to the appropriate personnel on time, proofed, approved by the Creative Director and delivered to the appropriate Account Executive on time

Coordinate with AEs and Accounting Dept. on various information to open new client codes and ensure the coordination of creative time estimates

Monitor status on all jobs, ensuring that all deadlines are met

Have visibility and an ability to make determinations about staff productivity and utilization to avoid bottlenecks and make sure work is evenly distributed

Prepare daily task lists and weekly job status reports

Represent the agency effectively with media and suppliers

Serve as the funnel for information and act as the primary contact to AEs and creative staff for new projects and status checks on ongoing projects

Attend brainstorming sessions and meetings to stay informed on all projects

Job Specifications/Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required or preferred.
  • Three to five years ad agency experience, preferably in Account Service, Project Management or Production.
  • Excellent computer and people skills.
  • Ability to effectively organize work, establish and maintain schedules.
  • Knowledge of WebVantage a plus.

ONLY qualified candidates apply – Employment@cjrw.com

Social Innovation Seeks Digital Sales Representative

Entry-Level Digital Sales Representative

Social Innovation – Little Rock, AR

Who You Are:
You’re a passionate individual looking to gain professional experience in the sales industry but you’re unsure how to get started. Connecting with people comes naturally and you’re comfortable taking large, complex ideas and explaining them in a meaningful way. You’re known for your strong time management skills and you have no problem maintaining focus on whatever tasks may currently be on your plate.

What We’re Looking For:

  • Applicants must have the formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree
  • Ability to work in a fast pace environment and think strategically to generate resourceful solutions
  • Background knowledge or experience in the agricultural industry
  • Strong phone and interpersonal skills; ability to make 50-70 calls per day and secure 5-7 appointments
  • Strong oral and written communication skills to clearly articulate our solution for client’s needs
  • Familiarity with digital marketing products / services and able to analyze, measure and report on engagement with digital marketing programs
  • A good listener, a team player, and counselor who can build strong relationships with agency clients, account staff, and other senior managers in the firm
  • Interest in developing and aggressively growing sales through prospecting, cold calls and relationship development
  • Experience using CRM platforms such as Salesforce.com and other tools to record, track and plan client activity
  • Understanding of complex technologies and the ability to convey it in a clear, concise way
  • Ability to meet contacts and sales quotas is a must
  • Highly motivated, ambitious self-starter with a proven ability to engage and influence decision makers
  • Willingness to travel

What You’ll Do
You’ll work as a Sales Representative on our digital communications team and train closely with seasoned sales professionals. As a Sales Representative you will prospect for clients by becoming an expert in uncovering challenges in what our prospective clients face and offer our products as their top solution. You will maintain a strong ongoing knowledge of the digital landscape and industry as well as local market dynamics. Some travel will be required for this position. You’ll work closely with Senior Account Executives and Account Executives who implement and manage all social media, SEO, and reputation management activities for their clients. The Digital Sales Representative is a commission based position that is 50/50 salary/commission.

Who We Are
Social Innovation, one of Little Rock’s fastest growing digital media firms, has built its reputation on creating integrated solutions that deliver what its clients value most: meaningful, positive and measurable impact on the performance of their marketing goals. Learn more about us at http://www.thesocialinnovation.com

Special Olympics Arkansas Seeks Director of Development

Organization: Special Olympics Arkansas
Position Title:
Director of Development for Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Arkansas
Location:
North Little Rock, Arkansas
Reports to:
CEO
Salary Range: Competitive Salary and Benefits
ORGANIZATIONAL INFORMATION


Mission

The mission of Special Olympics Arkansas (“SOAR”) is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic type sports for all 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. SOAR is supported by individual donations, private and corporate sponsorships, state appropriation, grants and special events. The ultimate objective of SOAR is to help people with intellectual disabilities participate as productive and respected members of society at large, by offering them a fair opportunity to develop and demonstrate their skills and talents through sports training and competition, and by increasing the public’s awareness of their capabilities and needs.

 

Who We Serve

Athletes: SOAR was incorporated in 1970 and serves thousands of athletes throughout the state. Anyone may participate in Special Olympics if they meet the eligibility criteria of having an intellectual disability or a similar developmental disability. Activities exist for those of all ability levels, from the highly functioning to the severely challenged. Intellectual disability does not discriminate. Athletes who participate in Special Olympics come in all ages, ethnicities, and economic and social backgrounds. However, a significant number of athletes live in rural areas and come from lower socioeconomic groups. In addition, the vast majority of school-aged children with intellectual disabilities who attend public schools receive free or reduced lunch, placing them in the at-risk demographic.

 

Parents: Over and over, parents tell of the isolation they felt upon learning that their child had an intellectual disability. Then they explain how SOAR delivered hope, a place to belong, and a sense of community. In Special Olympics, family members gain a support network of people with similar concerns, questions, and life experiences; help finding medical expertise and community resources; and a place of acceptance, respect, and belonging. Through their participation in Special Olympics, athletes form better and stronger core relationships, and parents and siblings see firsthand the unique talents and skills of their loved ones.

Volunteers: Volunteers are the backbone of the Special Olympics movement, and the program would not exist, succeed, and continue to grow without the efforts of well-trained volunteers. Of the hundreds of competitions and sports training sessions held annually, less than 1% of the people who manage and run these events are paid to do so. Currently, there are thousands of Arkansans who are registered volunteers for SOAR, and many more assist with the management of competitions and training sessions.

 

Coaches: Coaches have the greatest opportunity to create positive change in Special Olympics athletes because they are the ones who work with the athletes on a consistent basis. Good coaches know that learning to play a sport is more than just mastering athletic skills – it takes teamwork, commitment, sacrifice, and dedication. These are qualities that Special Olympics coaches work to instill in their athletes with the understanding that these lessons can have a positive impact on the athletes’ lives outside of sports. Please visit http://www.specialolympicsarkansas.org for more information on SOAR.

 

Special Olympics Arkansas Job Description

Director of Development for Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Arkansas

Primary Purpose: The Director of Development for the SOAR Law Enforcement Torch Run is responsible for the overall strategic planning, goal setting, implementation and evaluation of the AR Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Arkansas.   This position provides the vision and direction to a full-scale development program in the name of the Torch Run including law enforcement agency recruitment, retention, and renewal, annual major gifts, gift acknowledgements, LETR multi-level sponsorships, special events, and other Torch Run fundraising support operations such as donor relations and stewardship. Also included, but not limited to significant data entry and accounting for LETR fundraising. All while embedding LETR within the SOAR sports programs.
Primary Duties:

  • Manage the assigned aspects of the budget regarding expenses and revenue.
  • Identify, cultivate and secure corporate sponsors for Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Arkansas to meet budget.
  • Annually raise a minimum of $500,000.
  • Liaise with SOI, SOAR and a volunteer leadership committee of law enforcement personnel to manage the LETR.
  • Manage revenue generating special events such as Polar Plunges, Boots and Badges, Tip a Cop and others as assigned.
  • Develop and implement effective participant strategies to ensure successful fundraising and awareness.
  • Oversee the recruitment, retention, and renewal of law enforcement agency participation including training and education about Special Olympics programs partnership with LETR.
  • Manage relationships with appropriate law enforcement groups (e.g. AR Association of Chiefs of Police) that can endorse and positively impact the success of SOAR Law Enforcement Torch Run.
  • Research, evaluate, cultivate and coordinate the recruitment of major gifts and corporate sponsorship prospects in the name of Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Arkansas.
  • Analyze existing and potential LETR revenue sources for cultivation, feasibility and profitability.
  • Manage LETR agency contact database.
  • Manage all data (entry and analysis) associated with LETR activities and fundraising. Activities would include sports, camps, clinics or other activities with SOAR athletes other than fundraising.
  • Steward existing SOAR volunteers and select donors and sponsors.
  • Manage and create LETR for Special Olympics Arkansas monthly newsletter, Facebook page as well as other social media through webmaster.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Education/Experience:
A bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five years of fundraising experience with an emphasis on securing major revenue sources is preferred. Managerial experience with the ability to delegate effectively and communicate openly. A high level of energy and the ability to make decisions independently while collaborating with organizational leadership is essential. A strong interpersonal skill with the ability to make presentations to senior-level groups as well as build effective relationships with diverse levels of authority is desirable.

 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Required:   Fundraising experience, and event management. Strong analytical, organizational, strategic, written and verbal communication skills; Demonstrated knowledge of computers and system/software programs used by SOAR, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher and Power Point.

 

Preferred:
Experience with Fundraising, Salesforce, Firstgiving, Constant Contact, Special Olympics, and/or volunteer management and event management.

 

Salary:
Commensurate with experience, benefits package as outlined in the SOAR Employee Handbook and annually approved by the SOAR Board of Directors.

 

FLSA Status:
Exempt position