2018 in Review
Thank you for paying for me to take the CNA class here at Rogers High School. It's an amazing opportunity that not very many students get everyday. This class gives me the opportunity to start down the medical path I plan to go on. After high school I plan on going on to nursing school to be a pediatric nurse. Getting my CNA will allow me to get a job in a hospital after high school and let me work my way up from there. I really appreciate the chance you guys have given me to pursue down the career path I have planned ahead. Thank you.
The continued support and generosity provided by the Sharing & Caring Foundation has had a positive impact for many students in the Rogers Public Schools. Sponsorships have made it possible for students to participate in career programs such as Culinary Arts, Certified Nurse’s Assistant and Emergency Medical Responder courses offered through NWACC and the Brightwater Center. Students also have opportunities to earn concurrent college credit in areas relating to business and marketing career fields. The career programs are designed to prepare students for successful careers and bright futures following high school graduation.
My two years in Ignite has opened up so many opportunities for me that never would have been possible had I stayed within the traditional classroom setting. By being enrolled at Brightwater, I’ve met world-famous chefs and competed against other passionate high school students from all across America. Because of my involvement in Ignite and Brightwater, I have been accepted into the most prestigious and competitive culinary school in the nation, the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. I am so grateful for the graciousness that Sharing and Caring of Benton County has shown me for the past two years that allowed me to fulfill my dreams and exceed all expectations of how I would wrap up my high school career. Thank you!
Sharing & Caring is a very helpful resource to children in the area. I have both used and donated to this service and would again in a heart beat.
This organization went above and beyond to help me get a gift to a child and also helped me help a lot of small children with personal item needs. Such an amazing group of people! Thank you so much!
I wanted to take the time and formally thank you for paying for my CNA class. It really means a lot to me because I've known for a LONG time that I wanted to pursue a career in the medical field and this is only the beginning of my journey. Thank you for providing me with this opportunity of a lifetime.
I have helped out many times over the years. Nothing like knowing families in our area get to have a good Christmas because of this group!
Thank y'all so much for the help with Christmas for my boys through this rough time. I greatly appreciate everything y'all do for the families in Benton County...You were all so kind [to us] this morning. Its nice to know that there are still good people in this world.
Students in the Ignite Professional Studies program can earn college credit while in high school. Although this is a great benefit for our students, it can be a challenge financially to pay for the tuition. Through the scholarship program of Sharing and Caring of Benton County, we have been able to support over 250 students earning 1,335 college hours. It is our intent for all students to have access to higher education opportunities regardless of background and set them on a path that encourages lifelong learning. Without the support of scholarships through Sharing and Caring, our students would have to make the financial decision if they could afford to be in the program. Your relief in with those anxieties provide a better experience and encourages workforce training for ALL students. Sharing and Caring support has helped train students in Culinary Arts, Digital Design & Photography, Health Sciences and Video Production. Thank you for considering IGNITE as a partner in our endeavor to guide students to using their passions toward career goals.
I put S&C into the category of what I call a, "I know where God was" moment...The many things they do in organizing this army is just short of a miracle. And miracles, as we all know, are only doled out by God. So, HE has decided that each volunteer should help Him answer the many prayers He has received from some worthy children in need. When those children, that now number in the thousands, wake up on Christmas with presents under the tree and food on their table, it surely is a prayer answered by God. I don't think we are supposed to know when we are being utensils for such miracles, but when God does choose you to come into His service and give Him a hand with Sharing & Caring: it is at that very moment I can say "I know where God was today!"
The Need is Real!
It was humbling to see a father and mother weep of joy and gratitude when they learned that they would be receiving food, a few staple items, clothes and even a couple of toys for their children on distribution day. No parent should have to miss seeing their children’s face light up Christmas morning. Furthermore, no child should awake Christmas morning without a way to celebrate the joy of the holiday.
When communities come together then humanity will push forward, above and beyond creating the opportunity for real change to take place. Everyone that can should feel the need to help individuals that are less fortunate.
Thank you for paying for my CNA class. I really appreciate it. I took this class to advance in my career goal of becoming an RN. I want to help and understand the ill. Thank you for this opportunity. Ever since I lost my grandpa from diabetes, I've had this urge to take care of people. To make them feel better in some type of way. I would love to reach my goal and thanks to you, I am now one step closer.
I wanted to say a huge THANK YOU for blessing our district with school supplies for Back to School. [You] were so kind to spend [your] afternoon driving them over to Western Benton County schools. We are so grateful for your program and your generosity!
I just want to thank you for allowing me to be part of this program and for paying for my CNA records test. This means a lot to me. This program will help me achieve my goals and I would put effort on it because it's an opportunity you guys are giving me. I appreciate all of the things you do for us. I won't let myself down. God bless you!
All throughout the year I think of the people who took the time to shop for my children...every time I saw them wearing an item or playing with a toy they received from you... I wanted to make sure you knew that I think about you and pray for you. From the bottom of my heart, Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
I was not able to go pick up due to work, but my husband went... and when I got home late and tired and saw the box of items of food and household goods and the apple pie, I started crying. I cry when I am happy. Acts of goodness warm my heart. I am crying right now that I write this... I saw a lot of things that were on my shopping list to get and there they were in a big box. How did you know?! You are a blessing for us and our children and I thank you for everything that you did. I hope you can feel my gratitude and a big thank you hug through this letter to the kind and so very generous people who spent the time to shop for a couple of kids they don't know! ... Many blessings to you all and to all of the volunteers, the donors, everybody involved in making our Christmas special. Love you guys!
My most favorite [non-profit], Sharing & Caring of Benton County! The group, past & present, involved in this project are doing their very best to deliver a mission to the neediest kids in Northwest Arkansas. It may not be the most visible non-profit, but that is for a very good reason. One of my favorite quotes is from the original Mary Poppins, "enough is as good as a feast". We see a need, they fill that need.
Sharing and Caring’s mission is simple – to spread joy to families during the holiday season. We seek to show compassion for our neighbors, and in 2018 served over 1,340 families in Benton County. It has been a privilege to volunteer for this organization for the last 12 years and to be a part of something that, through both our holiday program as well as our scholarship program, makes a difference in the lives of others.
It was such a pleasure to be involved with Sharing and Caring from beginning to end. They were so organized from the time we donated money until the moment we left on Distribution Day. We were given shopping cards in the correct increments and detailed lists of what the kids wanted/needed so that made it very easy. When we dropped off our shopping bags we were greeted with happy faces working fiercely to arrange everything, it was just an electric happy feeling. On Distribution Day, the look on parents’ faces when they got the Christmas goodies for their kids, will be forever left in my mind. You can see the gratefulness and it is very rewarding to be a small part of that. My family looks forward to being involved this coming year and many years to come! Thank you Sharing and Caring for all the happiness, love and effort.
I am very grateful and humbled that my CNA class is being paid for by you guys! I want to thank you for doing this and allowing me to explore the medical/service field! I will use my CNA skills to help me prepare for medical school and get some experience. I would like to be a pediatrician in the future and being a CNA would be a good service to me. Again, thank you so much for being this generous. THANK YOU!
We had so much fun and were filled with so much joy when we left Distribution Day. The positive energy everyone had was exhilarating.
So many volunteers and very organized. Can’t wait for next year.
I was surprised and dismayed when I saw how many children are in need in Northwest Arkansas. When I saw the community come together through Sharing and Caring, to fill the need, I realized what an amazing community of people we are. I volunteer because I want every child to have a magical Christmas morning and a brighter future!
I volunteer at Sharing and Caring so a parent can see joy in their child's eyes on Christmas morning!
...Few words could not truly express my gratitude for the gracious support and generosity of the Sharing & Caring Foundation and the sponsorship that they have provided to so many students.
This enormous undertaking of providing Christmas presents for 3000 - 4000 kids, a full Christmas dinner, various other items including wrapping paper (so the parents can be involved in the magic)... ALL done with a close to 4% margin. Over 35,000 local children have had a Christmas, sponsored by an organization very few have heard of. I'm proud to support Sharing & Caring!
The scholarship that I received from Sharing & Caring has allowed me to gain important experience and knowledge I need to become a professional in the culinary field...Due to it I have helped James Beard award winning chefs. I have also participated in a Prostart Competition...where high school kids compete to be the best in the culinary industry. I’ve made lifelong friends from the community I live in and from other states... I have had confidence walking into any kitchen or culinary classroom knowing the only thing I needed to do was learn and not have to worry about how to pay for the ingredients or chef wear or equipment. This confidence, was instilled in me knowing I had Sharing & Caring backing me. I have absolutely loved every minute I spend cooking or learning or helping a chef or other student in a kitchen. I have started cooking at home for my family so much more and just feel that I would have struggled to get there had Sharing & Caring not given me a scholarship.