Monumental Change through Monumental Art: ARVAC Hosts 29 Pieces
On July 14th and 15th, ARVAC, Inc. and Nostos Seminars™ welcomed   29 Pieces Education to the River Valley.  
Located in Dallas, Texas, 29 Pieces is a 501(c)(3) arts organization  founded in 2005 with a mission to stand against the violence in our culture and to “use art to awaken, uplift, and give voice to  the creative human spirit to make genuine, positive social change.” 
Activities for the two days included a community round-table discussion and two sample lessons from the  29 Pieces curriculum presented by Dr. Margret Pinder.

Check out the 29 Pieces website for more information on the program.  
ARVAC Youth Volunteers 
For the past two years, the London 1st Baptist Youth Group has volunteered at the ARVAC Food Bank during their annual week of service.  Youth Minister Alan Johnson uses this time to teach his youth group members the importance of giving back.  

Through out the school year and summer break, ARVAC will provide local students with the chance to volunteer and make an impact in their communities.  In partnership Arkansas Tech University Department of Campus Life Leadership and Service Program, ARVAC will host monthly ATU Volunteer Action Days.  
For more information on scheduling a volunteer service day for your organization or youth group, please contact Audra Butler at 
Uncommon Communities
 Mission: Dardanelle
Uncommon Communities is a community and economic development program that produce a group of community leaders who are equipped to assess, plan, visualize and mobilize citizenry to work together in the areas of economic development, education and workforce development, and quality of life and place—the critical elements of thriving communities—with an aim to help them become vibrant and sustainable in the 21st century global knowledge economy.  ARVAC CEO Stephanie Ellis, along with other ARVAC team members, is actively involved with the Yell County Uncommon Communities Coalition and the Mission: Dardanelle Coalition. These groups have identified their main goals to be economic development through small business support, community beautification, and expanded adult education opportunities. Ms. Ellis serves on the Yell County steering committee and is head of the Education Committee.  ARVAC is a key component to the development and success of each of these goals.  For more information about Uncommon Communities, visit the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute website. 
ARVAC Advocates:The Power of Social Media
Social media marketing allows nonprofits to increase their reach and impact with little or no added expense.  Social media outlets, such as Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, allow nonprofits to increase their name recognition, build relationships with potential clients and donors, drive traffic to their website, and engage and connect with the communities they serve.   

Board members and stakeholders can advocate for nonprofits like ARVAC by actively engaging with their social media platforms.  Like and share the ARVAC page with your Facebook friends, share ARVAC posts on your Facebook wall, and check the ARVAC Facebook page 2-3 times per week.  The more you engage, the more ARVAC posts will appear in your news feed.  Being an ARVAC Advocate has never been easier. 
Employee of the Month: Rachael Reed
Rachael has been the administrative assistant at the ARVAC Corporate office since December 2015.                                                   
"Rachael wears many hats and is always here, there, and everywhere.  She has worked hard to manage it all and her hard work has paid off. We see you Rachael and we thank you for your commitment and dedication to ARVAC and the clients that we serve.  I am proud to have you as a part of my team.  Keep up the amazing work!"  ~Stephanie Ellis, CEO
ARVAC Awarded Emergency Solutions Grant
ARVAC, Inc. has been awarded $251,500 through the Emergency Solutions Grant to provide Rapid Rehousing to homeless individuals and families and Emergency Shelter services to homeless individuals seeking substance abuse treatment.   
Mark Your Calendar 
  • ARVAC Board of Directors Meeting             August 25, 2016
  • Employee Health Fair                                 October 14, 2016
  • 29 Pieces Workshop                                   TBA
  • LIHEAP Energy Assistance Program           Open 
Food Distributions 
  • Logan County
    Paris                 August 17
    Booneville         August 18  
  • Polk County
    Mena                August 23 
  • Scott County  
    Waldron            August 26
  • Franklin County
    Ozark               September 21
    Charelston        September 23
  • Yell County
    Danville            September 29
    Dardanelle        September 30  

  • Check the ARVAC website and Facebook page for program updates
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