OUR MISSION The Samaritan Community Center is a grace-driven nonprofit organization that serves the hurting and hungry of Northwest Arkansas through a compassionate community of staff and volunteers.  OUR VISION To encourage all who enter here to find hope and experience positive life change.  OUR CORE VALUES To Do Justly ... To Love Mercy ... To Walk Humbly.
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It is finally here. We've talked about it, teased about it, recruited some amazing friends and a few awesome local bloggers to help us out, and now it is time. Samaritan Community Center is excited to share the details of our Donate to Educate Project and how you can jump on board to bring hunger awareness to local elementary schools. Check it out clicking the Donate to Educate button above or by going to www.purecharity.com/scc-books. #maddisfridgenwa.

We REALLY DO Love Our Volunteers
By Debbie Rambo, SCC Executive Director
  Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Samaritan Community Center. Every day hundreds of volunteers from all walks of life come to our centers in Rogers and Springdale, as well as to our two resale shops, to make a positive difference and impact the lives of those we serve.
  This week is National Volunteer Appreciation Week, a time set aside to celebrate the efforts each year of volunteers across this nation. While we always cherish our amazing volunteers, we like to make some extra efforts this particular week to honor them in various ways, and then end the week with our annual Sammy Awards Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, which will be held this Friday, April 17.  Martha Newman, our social worker in Springdale, shared the following story with me concerning one of our volunteers and this week's upcoming awards dinner and I thought it fitting to pass along here: 
 "Just had a sweet convo in light of our volunteer banquet that I wanted to share before the end of the week. Because our volunteer appreciation banquet is 50’s themed this year I was inspired to ask one of our client/volunteers some questions about living in the 50’s. He started reminiscing about getting his first car in the 50’s and it going at the high speed of 45-50 mph. He talked about brown saddle shoes and how much he missed seeing them along with the big skirts. He then got quiet and immediately tears streamed down his face when remembering serving in the Korean War. 'I was a dairy farmer in Michigan heading to Korea,' he related. He said he got frostbite on his feet five times while serving from 1953-56. He left for the war at age 17. He said, 'we don’t forget because we can’t. Now I have 50 years of memories and sometimes they still get the best of me.' He began to talk through some lifes lessons and went onto how much the Samaritan Center means to him. 'This,' he said, 'This is my home, I can’t put it any other way.'  I was listening in awe to a war veteran talk about things the Samaritan Center has given him. He stated, 'Samaritan gave me something I never had before…confidence. I’ve done many things that I thought were impossible since coming here.' "A reminder that we always have much to learn from all who enter these doors and that to many it is where they feel truly at home."
  Truly, we are blessed to serve alongside so many wonderful people. From the bottom of our hearts, we truly love our volunteers. 
Contact phone number for program directors is 479.636.4198
Samaritan Cafe’: People needed to work in Springdale Cafe kitchen to help prepare and serve meals on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Kitchen workers needed 8 am-10:30 am; servers and people to clean up needed 10:30 am-1 pm. Contact Elisa Pulido, epulido@samcc.org
Samaritan Market: Encouragers and pantry workers needed on Tuesdays for the Samaritan Market in Springdale. Contact Gaby Rodriguez, grodriguez@samcc.org
Samaritan Shop: Volunteers are needed to help sort clothing donations at both the Rogers and Springdale shops. To volunteer in the Springdale Shop contact Chris Bradley at 479.751.3440;cbradley@samcc.org to volunteer in the Rogers Shop contact Erin Maxey at 479.246.1060; emaxey@samcc.org 
Samaritan Dental Clinic: General dentists needed to do extractions. Oral surgeons and dentists who are willing to see at least one Samaritan Center charitable patient each month in their own practice are also encouraged to contact Health Clinic Coordinator Amy Gephart, agephart@samcc.org
Samaritan Garden: Regular volunteers to work in the garden and to help build our new greenhouse. Contact Jonathan McArthur, jmcarthur@samcc.org
Samaritan Market: Peanut butter, rice, dried beans, canned meats (tuna and chicken) 13 oz cereal boxes, canned soup, canned beans, feminine hygiene products (preferably pads), shampoo, deodorant, toilet paper
Samaritan Cafe’: #10 cans of green beans, corn and diced carrots
SnackPacks for Kids: Fruit cups, pudding cups, granola bars (peanut free!), Easy Mac
Samaritan Dental Clinic: Adult floss, adult spin brushes, sensitive toothpaste like Sensodyne or Crest Sensitive
Samaritan Shops: Furniture, kids' clothing, appliances (must be working), housewares
Samaritan Garden: Tractor (donate or to borrow) with front bucket big enough to pull attachments on back.
All food donations may be dropped off at the SCC Administrative Offices, 1211 West Hudson Road, Rogers. Samaritan Shop donations should be dropped off at either the Rogers Samaritan Shop, 100 N. Dixieland Road (Frisco Station Mall), or the
Springdale Samaritan Shop, 812 N. Thompson Ave (Mathias Plaza).
 For large furniture donation pick-up call 479.246.1060
Donation questions? Contact Shannon Green
SCC In-Kind Donation Coordinator
sgreen@samcc.org; 479.636.4198, ext. 36
   Founded in 1989, the Samaritan Community Center is a nonprofit community service organization that has become a vital resource to Northwest Arkansas neighbors experiencing economic, emotional and spiritual distress. 
   On any given day the waiting rooms in our Springdale and Rogers centers are filled to capacity with clients - young and old, employed and unemployed, healthy and sick, married and single - many of whom have never before asked for personal assistance.
   Through our lunch cafes, food markets, resale stores, health clinic and kids programs, our staff and volunteers freely give unconditional love and assistance to anyone who walks through our doors.
   For many who visit our centers, the most important thing offered is Hope - something that is as individual as the clients we serve. For some hope comes in the form of a hot meal, or having a snackpack of food handed to them as they leave school each Friday, or sacks of groceries to help fill empty cupboards. For others it's a smile and a hug. And for many of our clients, hope is simply spending time in an environment where they are not judged but are loved and helped unconditionally.
   In 2014 the SCC is specifically focusing on providing healthier food options through our feeding programs as part of the statewide effort to reduce obesity, especially in at-risk populations. These efforts include the development of a community garden, the nutritional review of food items included in our SnackPacks for Kids program (and substitution of healthier alternatives when financially feasible), and the offering of Cooking Matters nutritional cooking classes through Samaritan Market program.
  During this past year over 200,000 people in four Arkansas counties were helped through SCC programsSo whether you are looking for information on how to donate or volunteer to our center, need directions to our community centers or resale stores, or would like to find out how to take advantage of the program services we offer - you can find it all right here!
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