In addition to the many opportunities coordinated by the Elrod Center, Arkadelphia and the surrounding area have many needs for willing volunteers. Explore the list below to find a place to minister in our local community that matches your passions, interests and skills.
The Elrod Center’s Community Volunteer Placement Program seeks to place Ouachita volunteers in meaningful positions of service within non-profit organizations (may not be listed below). These positions also may be open to students interested in work-study positions. The center will work with the financial aid office to arrange work-study placements.
Contact Diane Runyan (firstname.lastname@example.org or 870-245-5320) for more information on placement through the Community Volunteer Placement Programs.
- Humane Society of Clark County (627 Walnut, Arkadelphia): Volunteers are needed at any time for the following:
- Take animals to the vet for treatment or to the newspaper for pictures
- Play with animals and give them individualized attention and exercise
- Clean pens and feed animals
- Take animals to visit nursing homes
- Pick up and deliver food donations
- Take phone messages
- Help with fund raisers and booths at fairs
- Go to PetSmart every third Saturday to help adopt out dogs you can go for a couple of hours or all day
- Design flyers and posters advertising adoptable animals and upcoming activities
To volunteer, call Kara Hurst or Kate hawthorn at 870-245-2579 or email KHurst158@gmail.com.
- Give Me A Chance Equine Rescue (68 Terrapin Trail, Arkadelphia, AR 71923) is a horse, donkey, pony and mule rescue organization located 10 miles east of Arkadelphia in the Manchester community. All visits are by appointment only! Tom and Polly Cates have been managing Give Me A Chance Equine Rescue since June 2010. Volunteers are needed for:
- Horse care (brushing, gentling, holding for the farrier, etc.)
- Paddock clean-up and repair
- Fundraising (to come up with ideas and provide baked goods and to sit in booths to distribute literature, etc.)
- Handling paperwork of the equines coming in and being adopted out
- Researching grants
- Certification for cruelty investigations and court presentations
- Produce and distribute a printed newsletter
If you would be interested in volunteering for Give Me A Chance Equine Rescue, fill out the Volunteer Form or contact them by phone at (870) 246-3007 or (870) 403-7925.
- Heifer International is a non-profit humanitarian organization working to end hunger and poverty while caring for the earth. Heifer helps communities by providing livestock and training to develop sustainable agriculture while improving the environment and strengthening community. Heifer needs volunteers to help staff booths, participate in fundraising events and educate the community about hunger, poverty and the environment. For information about volunteer opportunities in Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Kansas, New Mexico and Colorado, contact the Central Region Office at 800-422-0474 or visit their website.
- The Arkadelphia Housing Authority is a non-profit organization and umbrella with Housing of Urban Development (HUD). We assist low-income families with:
- housing assistance
- being self-sufficient
- office work
- beautification worker
- GED/literacy tutoring for adults
- Backyard Bible Club activities
Contact Shelia Hunter at 870-246-4632 or email@example.com.
- Senior Activity Center - Meals on Wheels: Volunteers are needed to transport meals to families that are in need throughout our community. Deliveries are made five days a week and each route takes about an hour and a half. Route starting time is 10:30. Volunteers are welcome to sign up for multiple deliveries or you could do as little as one delivery a week or twice a month. Meals and containers are provided with volunteers using their own transportation. Contact Lisa Tallent or Cindy Rhodes at the Senior Activity Center, 1305 N 10th St. Arkadelphia, 870-246-9871 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Community Family Enrichment Center need volunteers for activities within the center to include the Food Pantry, packing Thanksgiving boxes for families, sorting & organizing library books, shredding old documents, reading to Head Start children and various community projects. Contact Pat Wright at 870-246-5675
- Arkadelphia Head Start: Needs Spanish-speaking volunteers to act as teachers’ aids. Other ways you can help is by reading a story; assisting with breakfast, snack and lunch; attending parent meetings; and cutting out educational materials and stapling papers for classroom teachers. Contact Carla Merkel at 870-246-8931.
- Project Linus: If you are interested in quilting, crocheting or knitting, this is the place for you. Project Linus teams up with the Courage House and the DHS to make blankets for new foster kids. These blankets are presented to these children to give them a sense of security and love. All the blankets must be handmade. You can make the blankets in your own time or even find a group to work with. Contact Tracey Knight at 870-245-5599 or email@example.com.
- Chamber of Commerce needs someone to volunteer two hours a week or any time if possible. Would be filling packets, filing, doing office work, etc. Contact Shelley Loe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- America Reads/America Counts: tutoring reading and math in the public schools. For more details contact Leigh Anne McKinney at 870-245-5320 or email@example.com.
- The Arkadelphia Public School District need volunteers in the Early Childhood Programs & Boys & Girls Club. Volunteers are needed for one-on-one tutoring, mentoring, reading to children, art projects, recreational games & activities, etc.. Contact Pat Wright at 870-246-5564 Ext#215, or Patricia.Wright@apsd.k12.ar.us.
- Boys and Girls Club, in Arkadelphia, is an afterschool program that offers a safe and fun environment to children and youth after school. Tutors are needed for the “hour of power” from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. each school day and volunteers are needed each afternoon to offer assistance, play games and mentor children and youth. Contact Erik Eddington at 870-230-1092.
- American Red Cross: insures help when needed through disaster awareness and recovery, preparation and response, health and safety courses, first aid, CPR and water safety. They are always needing volunteers in the office and with any disaster. Contact the Hot Springs office at 501-623-9321.
- Southwest Arkansas Foodbank: Volunteers are needed to sort through food, and help in the office between the hours of 6:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. Contact Erma Smith at 246-8244.
- Lighthouse Ministries of the Red River Baptist Association needs volunteers to work in all aspects of their ministry. They need help with the thrift store, food distribution and other areas as volunteer experience expands. Come anytime Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Contact, Debbie Files, Light House director, firstname.lastname@example.org or Joe Burt, RRBA missionary, at 870-246-9524 email@example.com.
- Baptist Medical Center Auxiliary is a volunteer group of men and women who service the local hospital and its patients. Duties include working in the gift shop, giving visitors information and helping in the surgery waiting room, recovery room and out-patient area. Visitors are welcome at the group’s meetings at 11:30 a.m. on the second Monday of each month in the hospital cafeteria. For more information, contact Loretta Kilts at 870-245-1106.
- The Baptist Medical Center, Arkadelphia, is looking for volunteers to be available to minister in the following way: Who: Faculty, Staff and Students interested in leading a brief devotion and prayer When: Sunday mornings at 11:00 a.m. to 11:10 a.m. Where: The Chapel at Baptist Medical Center Arkadelphia. Why: An opportunity to pray for and minister to hospital staff and patients. Please call the office of Dr. Kevin C. McLeod at 870-246-5097 tell the receptionist “chapel” and she will transfer your call to Dr. McLeod.
- Baptist Home Health and Hospice: Contact Flecia Bryant or Director Barbara Stewart for more information at 870-245-1041 or 870-245-1040.
- Arthritis Foundation: provides programs of research, education and patient care and provides water activities and exercise classes for arthritis sufferers. For more information, contact Diane Stephenson at 800-482-8858 or Ollie Allen (leads arthritis classes) at 870-353-4955.
- Clark County Department of Health and Human Services needs volunteers for administrative functions. Contact Jack Farr at 870-246-9886 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- PRCSA (Pregnancy Resource Center for Southwest Arkansas) is a non-profit counseling and resource center that serves Arkadelphia, Clark County and the surrounding area. PRCSA provides Christian counseling to women in crisis pregnancy situations and strives to connect clients with existing resources in the area to meet their various needs. Volunteers are needed for specific projects within the center and community. Contact Beverly Hankins, director, at email@example.com.
- Division of Volunteerism offers opportunities for career development through volunteering and internships. It offers for internships depending on the needs and specific requirements of the intern. The Division of Volunteerism also gives you access to training programs and other services through the AmeriCorps Program. For more information, contact Beth Jacks at 501-682-7849 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website.
- Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit that offers families an opportunity to become homeowners. After qualification and selection, partner families enter into an agreement to complete volunteer service and repay a no-interest mortgage; to own a home that meets their needs! Habitat is more than a non-profit; they are a social enterprise.
The Garland County Habitat for Humanity, has kick-started a youth volunteer program. They are seeking to partner with high school and college students to build the future. They have volunteer opportunities to fit even the busiest schedule and they work very hard to ensure that young people have every opportunity to make an impact on families who need a hand up, not a hand-out. Please contact, Justin Buck, volunteer coordinator at (501) 623-5600 or email@example.com.
- Arkadelphia Human Development Center is a state-supported residential facility for people with intellectual disabilities. Volunteers are needed in several capacities, including helping with yard maintenance, flower beds, mowing and working with recycling. Can be done any day/any time. Contact Deborah Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 870-246-8011 ext 297. Note: Volunteers go through a short orientation before they go out and volunteer unless it is a one day project.
- Ascent Children’s Health Services need volunteers to work with children, birth-6 years old, in the treatment rooms with caregiving and activities. Clinic hours are 6:45 a.m. – 5 p.m. Contact Justin Hardaway, director, at 870-245-2210 or email@example.com.
- Human Development Center is a state-supported residential facility for people with intellectual disabilities. Volunteers are needed in several capacities. If you are interested in volunteering, fill out the Volunteer Application and contact Deborah Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 870-246-8011 ext 297. Volunteer opportunities include:
- Help recreation staff with events and theme nights
- Administrative work
- Swimming and hot tub with clients (if lifeguard is available)
- Sing alongs
- Ride bicycles
- Go for walks
- Play basketball, volleyball
- Play video games with clients
- Work with clients in Technology Center
- Workout in Wellness Center on campus
- Do hair and nails for the ladies
- One-on-one mentor with clients
- Accompany staff to horseback riding lessons in Bismarck
- Working in training areas with clients
Volunteers are needed in work and training areas from 9 – 11 a.m. and 12:45 – 2:45 p.m. and for recreation and leisure time from 3 – 5 p.m. and on the weekends. Note: Volunteers go through a short orientation before they go out and volunteer unless it is a one day project.
- Group Living: provides developmentally disabled adults with a working and living environment which enables them to attain the highest level of independent living. Group Living provides jobs for clients in the Beehive and Honeycomb Restaurant. Recognized for its innovation and creativeness in working with its clients. Contact Jane Lucas at 870-246-5849. (Possible paid positions available, as well.)
- Earth Team is the volunteer branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service which helps people conserve, improve and sustain natural resources and the environment. Earth Team projects have included tree plantings, computer operations, engineering assistance, conservation education programs, clerical and secretarial assistance, water quality activities and more. To volunteer, call Sarge Vasquez, NCRS District Conservationist, at 870-246-9816 ext. 101 or email email@example.com.
- Garvan Woodland Gardens (Hot Springs): Garvan Woodland Gardens is a botanical gardens in the area and is in need of volunteers. Some job possibilities are:
- Greeters: Handing out maps at the door and welcoming guests, answering questions.
- Golf Cart Tour Driver: Give tours of the Gardens. Taining furnished.
- Garden Shop Helper: Assist in wrapping purchases and helping visitors. No cash register.
- Train Engineer: Operate our G-Scale miniature railroad.
- Other positions are also available as needs arise.
- Call 501-262-9303 or 800-366-4664 for more information or email Susan Harper at: firstname.lastname@example.org and visit their website.
- RAPS – Religious Activities Placement Service - Contact Martha Womack in the Campus Ministries office at 870-245-5536.
- Twin River Health and Rehabilitation: Spend time with the elderly community through bingo, church services, exercises, singing, arts and crafts, board games, gardening and more. Volunteer work can be done at any time/day of the week on a regular basis or as a one-time event. Contact Sandy Lambert or Dorothy Bell at 246-6337 for more information.
- Courtyard Gardens Health and Rehabilitation (2701 Twin Rivers Drive, Arkadelphia) needs volunteers for the following tasks:
- Decorations provided by and put up by volunteers. The center will supply 3 Christmas trees to be picked up and decorated after Thanksgiving.
- Visit residents who don’t have family nearby or are lonely.
- Push hydration cart at 2 p.m. each day.
- Play games with, sing and read to the residents.
- Feed residents and pass meal trays at 7:30 a.m., 12 noon, 5 p.m. (Volunteer may have free lunch.)
Contact Carol Harris at 246-5566.
- ElderServe is a program sponsored by the Elrod Center that is designed to connect OBU students with senior adults in the Arkadelphia community. The ElderServe student forms a friendship with a senior adult over the course of a college semester. The student and senior adult meet once a week, mainly just to visit. These relationships are mutually beneficial. The senior adult greatly benefits from the youth, energy and friendship of the student and the student is given the opportunity to serve and make a difference in the life of the senior adult while gaining a new friend with valuable life experience. ElderServe students also function as a team each month to carry out service projects in area nursing homes and senior adult housing complexes. For more information, contact Judy Duvall at 870-245-5320 or email@example.com.
- Arkadelphia Parks and Recreation has opportunities for you to coach your own sports team for children in the community. Sports include football, volleyball, soccer, baseball, softball and basketball for both girls and boys. Contact Mike Volz at 870-246-5499.
- Community Family Enrichment Center is looking for volunteers to help with their new bike shop. They need organizational help as well as help with running the bike shop and repairing bikes. Contact Pat Wright or Patricia Mcghee at 870-246-5675.
- Clark County 4-H provides education programs for youths including individual and group projects, competitive activities, camping and tours. The 4-H develops leadership, initiative and character. Contact Kris Elliott at 870-246-2281.
(Students, all of the programs above may count for TranServe hours.)