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.

17th Annual BackPacks Day Coming Saturday, August 6!

Since 1999 the Samaritan Community Center has provided thousands of free backpacks filled with grade-appropriate school supplies to area children, going into grades K-12, in late summer before the start of the new school year. And while we now distribute over 3000 each year, we know we are only touching the tip of the iceberg. 
BackPacks for Kids Day has become an exciting back-to-school community kick-off event but we know we can only do this each year with the help of many community volunteers, and help from businesses like KLRC-FM radioNorthwest Arkansas Chick-fil-A restaurants, and area churches and other organizations who host school supply drives.
In addition to free backpacks, kids at all locations receive free haircuts or vouchers for free haircuts, free lunch and drinks, and are treated to numerous fun activity booths hosted by local churches, Walmart vendors and local businesses. Overall, SCC estimates that more than 500 churches, vendors, local businesses and individual community volunteers come together each year to make BackPacks for Kids Day a success!
Vouchers for the free backpacks will be given out through our two Market Food Pantries in Springdale and Rogers, beginning Tuesday, June 28 and will be given out until all gone. Parents must obtain a voucher for each child. SCC will be giving out 3300 backpacks this year at the locations listed below on Saturday, August 6 from 10 am - 1pm. For more information on how you can help contact Shannon Green, event coordinator, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or by phone at 479.636.4198.
Benton County Locations:
Samaritan Community Center, 1211 West Hudson Rd., Rogers
10 am-1 pm
Gravette Church of Christ, 202 Irving St SW, Gravette
10 am-1 pm
Washington County Location:
Samaritan Community Center, 1300 N. Thompson Ave., Springdale
10 am-1 pm