With the beloved Miss Hendrix quickly approaching, it can be nice to remember the good that comes from the competition, and where the money you spend on tickets is going. This year, Miss Hendrix has chosen five nonprofits who have direct positive impacts on many different groups and individuals throughout Arkansas.
Safe Place is a shelter for battered and abused women and children. According to Noah Adams, Awareness Chair on Campus Kitty Executive Committee, “they provide wonderful rehabilitation services including legal services, free hygiene supplies, counseling services, [and] life training skills.” Through our donations, Safe Place will be able to upgrade their telephone services.
Camp Aldersgate is summer camp in Little Rock for children with physical disabilities. The camp gives individuals who usually would not be able to participate an amazing camp experience. The money will go towards special life jackets that will allow campers to swim, go down slides, and participate in other activities.
Arkansas is number one in the country for senior hunger, which makes the work that Faulkner County Senior Citizens do so important. As a branch of the Conway Council on Aging, the group delivers meals to senior citizens around the states, and provides transportation services for medical appointments, free exercise classes, and community activities. “We are giving them money to help them buy a new bus to transport citizens and deliver food,” Adams said.
The Pine Street Backpack Program provides school supplies to 1,000 children each year in one of the lowest income areas in Conway. “Their biggest event happens right before the beginning of the school year where they offer free haircuts, hot meals, and volunteer mentoring programs,” Adams said.
As Hendrix Students, we can benefit from Arkansas Asset Builders, who provides free tax services for us, and free tax preparation and educational services to low income individuals. They operate out of the Faulkner County Public Library. The money provided by Campus Kitty will go toward a specific program that will assist newly arrived immigrants in their taxes.
Campus Kitty chooses nonprofits independently every year, and bases their decisions on each nonprofit’s specific project proposal. They want to ensure that money is going where nonprofits say it is and directly helping people served by these nonprofits. “We operate on the philosophy of doing the most good with the least amount of money,” Adams said. “We prioritize nonprofits that are efficient in their spending and many not be able to get this money anywhere else but from us.”