If you've been searching for volunteer opportunities lately, look no further.
Make a Difference Day is this weekend and there are plenty of ways for you to get involved! One organization in Conway plans to plant seeds of hope with a new community garden.
“It's a lot of families here that need help,” Raymond Polk said.
"In Conway, I'd say we average about 6,000 people a year,” Community Programs Director Melissa Allen said. She’s wanted to incorporate a garden at The Community Action Program for Central Arkansas for many years now.
CAPCA has been around since 1965.
"Capca covers Faulkner, Cleveland and White counties. And we have Head Start that goes all the way down into Louisiana,” she said.
Head Start is a comprehensive child development program.
The organization aims to empower and educate those working hard to transition out of poverty.
Polk is thankful CAPCA is located in his community, “It helps me out a lot. They give me a little extra money sometimes when I’m short on food because I’m just on disability,” he said.
The group assists with utility bills, emergency housing, and distributes up to 180 boxes a month through its food pantry.
This weekend they're taking that service a step further with a new community garden, full of fresh produce.
“All I did was go to the United Way and dropped off some paperwork to one of our funding sources. They asked if I got some money what would we do with it and I told them I’d love to have a garden. It's just kind of exploded from there,” said Allen.
If you want to get involved this weekend, visit the website to search for volunteer opportunities near you or even start your very own project. It’s that simple.
This annual event hosted by our parent company TEGNA is one of the largest days of service nationwide.