As local hospitals return to more normal operations and resume elective procedures, the Community Blood Center of Ozarks is in critical need of blood donations. Media Relations Representative Chris Pilgrim says the blood bank usually likes to have a three-day reserve supply of blood, but currently it has less than a one-day supply since the majority of CBCO's mobile blood drivers have been cancelled.
The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Momentary are launching their Social Connecting Campaign this week. The art institutions worked with nine local artists to create a series of line drawings for postcards that will be sent to vulnerable individuals who are isolated during the pandemic. The artists also turned the drawings into murals that will be displayed outside hospitals and senior living facilites.
Through Northwest Arkansas Food Systems, the Walton Family Foundation is working to expand opportunities for farmers and increase consumers' access to fresh products. The goal is to position the region as a national model for local food grown in healthy soil.
For many nonprofits, volunteers are an essential resource, but due to the COVID-19 outbreak and social distancing, volunteering as usual just isn't possible. To slow the spread of the virus, organizations are having to shift operations, put measures in place to ensure safety and look for alternative ways to engage volunteers.
The Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation is launching a COVID-19 Relief Initiative. In partnership with the Arkansas Department of Health's Office of Health Equity, the foundation is now accepting applications for mini grants from organizations serving black and other underserved communities throughout the state. The initiative started with $25,000, but the foundation is seeking additional funding.