Serve the Community

Community Partners

DATE: June 7, 2020

Grace helps meet the blood supply needs of the community by hosting the blood drive during Sunday morning services. The Arkansas Blood Institute visits Grace 4-5 times a year. This makes giving blood convenient to those who wish to participate in donating.

• Be a host by greeting donors when they give.

(479) 431-5933
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Grace Contact: Kim Green
Community Rescue Mission strives to instill hope and empower lives while offering Christ-like hospitality and care by providing safe shelter, meals, and needed support to help people get back on their feet as quickly as possible.
• Group to provide assistance shopping on 1st and 3rd weeks of the month.
• Transportation to and from the boys and girls club.
• Provide treats and/or gifts for birthday parties.
• Financial support

310 North F Street
Fort Smith, AR 72901
(479) 782-1443
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Church Contact: Kathleen Halliburton
The Community Service Clearinghouse assists cancer patients, the elderly, the disabled, children, and working families. They have a food pantry that consists of non-perishables, fresh, and frozen foods. The Clearinghouse is best known in the area as the provider of the MEALS FOR KIDS Backpack Program. Each week they prepare and distribute over 2,800 backpacks of food to children in the area schools so they have food for the weekend.

• Volunteer (groups or individuals)
• Service projects (painting, landscaping, etc.)>br> • Fundraising events

• Host food drives
• Backpack food items
• Financial support (Paypal option available)

4420 Wheeler Avenue
Fort Smith, AR 72902
(479) 782-5074
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Church Contact: Chuck Goux
The Families in Transition Program ensures that the educational rights and needs are met of children and youth who are experiencing homelessness.

• Stuff backpacks with school supplies
• Many opportunities available with the "Toy Drive" listed under "Other Partners" below

• Donations: school supplies, hygiene products, under garments, etc.

811 North T Street
Fort Smith, AR 72904
(479) 784-8182 ext. 3529
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Grace Contact: Jeannie Carroll
Help keep the community clean by picking up trash along Highway 71 South. It is a one mile area stretching from 1/2 mile in each direction of McDonald's.

Volunteers are needed to pick up trash four times a year. Information on dates will be posted in the bulletin.

Church Contact: Serve Team

Provides food assistance to single parent households through hot meals served every Saturday and an after school snack program.

The After School Snack Program provides a healthy snack, drink, 15 minute activity, and homework assistance. Currently serving between 120-160 children 5 days a week.

Every Saturday they serve a hot meal to the public. Approximately 100 people are served with approximately 150-175 plates served.

• Groups or individuals to help serving and preparing hot meals. Grace currently serves the 2nd Saturday of every month.
• Assist with clothing closet (open 6 days a week)

• Financial support

3500 N 6th Street
Fort Smith, AR 72904
(479) 461-2513
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Grace Contace: Diane Nix
Provides, through a network of regional partners, comprehensive services to impoverished individuals and families in the River Valley to help transform lives and to strengthen the community. Hope Campus addresses acute needs, as well as, helps individuals identify root causes of the challenges they face so that these individuals can pursue a path to self-sufficiency.

• Join Grace members to serve a meal the 2nd Tuesday and 3rd Saturday of each month
• Various positions available

• Financial support
• Wal-Mart gift cards, razors, shaving cream, socks, underwear, q-tips, etc.

301 South E Street
Fort Smith, AR 72901
(479) 668-4764
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Grace Contact: Susan Mixson
Strives to end violence and strengthen families by offering Safety, Training, Education, Prevention, and Solutions that promote healthy, violence-free environments for foster children and their parents.

• Volunteers are needed throughout the year for various events and fundraisers.
• Grant writer
• Prayers

• A wish list is available on the website with items such as: diapers, toiletries, cleaing supplies, toys, etc.

706 Garrison Avenue
Fort Smith, AR 72901
(479) 782-7837
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Grace Contact: Shelton Sargent
The CALL recruits, trains, and supports individuals or couples who wish to provide a temporary fostering service or adoption to children who cannot live with their families. Currently the number of children needing placement greatly outnumbers the amount of foster homes in Sebastian county.

• Become a foster family
• Adult and youth childcare workers needed during informational meetings
• Fundraising participation
• Hospitality team (preparing meals for events)
• Prayer team (commit to praying)

Additional volunteer needs can be viewed by clicking HERE

5008 S U St.
Suite 201 A
Fort Smith, AR 72903
(479) 353-0767
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Grace Contact: Emily Treadaway

Other Partners

Help fill the needs of local organizations within the community during the holiday season. Grace supports the following organizations: Community Rescue Mission, Children's Emergency Shelter, Next Step Homeless Service, The CALL, Children's Service League, and STEPS.

Donations are collected the four Sundays leading up to Christmas. Information will be available in the bulletin during this time. Some of the items collected include: diapers, toiletries, cleaning supplies, kitchen utensils, etc.

Grace Contact: Lance McReynolds
This group demonstrates God's love by sending out cards of encouragement to those experiencing illness, loss, or similar issues. Sending cards is an economical and convenient way to show those in need that someone cares.

WHEN: Group meets the last Tuesday of the month (cards are sent throughout the month)
TIME: 5:30pm
WHERE: Activity Center

Grace Contact: Susan Mixson
Phone: (479) 719-0117
This group meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month to knit prayer shawls and purple hats. The purple hats are knitted throughout the year to promote Shaken Baby Syndrome and distributed annually to a hospital of choice where they are given to a newborn's parents. Prayer shawls are knitted and placed in the church office for church members to request and distribute to people in need. All skill levels are welcome with lessons for beginners being provided. In addition, supplies are available or participants may choose to bring their own.

WHEN: 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month
TIME: 1:00pm
WHERE: Activity Center

Grace Contact: Mary Carter
Phone: 479-651-3289
Help provide a meal to the families of children ages 21 and under who are being treated at Mercy Hospital. Currently this group provides a meal for 20 people the last Thursday of each month. Be a part of serving these families by cooking a portion of the meal or by contributing monetary donations.

WHEN: Last Thursday of the month
WHERE: Meal is delivered to the Ronald McDonald House at Mercy Hospital

Grace Contact: Susie Hill
Phone: 479-221-3333
A church-wide event held during the Christmas season to share the love of Christ by giving toys or clothing to underprivileged children. The names of these children come from the Families in Transition (FIT) program which is part of the Fort Smith Public School District.

WHEN: Begins the week before Thanksgiving with toys and clothing being distributed the third week in December.
HOW IT WORKS: A Christmas tree is set up in the church lobby decorated with the names of children who do not have a permanent home. To those who desire to spread joy by means of giving a toy or clothing item, they may select a name from the tree. It is recommended that each tag have a maximum spending limit of $50.

• Set up Christmas tree
• Make name tags
• Man table to help others who wish to make a selection
• Sort gifts
• Distribute gifts

• Select a name from the Christmas tree
• Purchase baked goods from the bake sale the week before Thanksgiving. Baked goods will be available during morning worship services. This money helps to purchase gifts for the children whose names were not selected.

Grace Contact: Diane Nix

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