The 2017 Arkansas Day of Giving takes place Thursday, April 6th and Maggie House volunteers are looking forward to retiring most, if not all, of the remaining construction debt.
The Arkansas Community Foundation organizes the one day online giving event to bring awareness to nonprofits around the state and to help enable them to raise funds and recruit new donors.
On Thursday, April 6th credit card donations are accepted when donors go online between the hours of 8am and 8pm to ArkansasGives.org and select the non-profits to which they wish to donate. Donors can also go online to GiveMaggieHouse.com and they will be taken directly to the Maggie House donation page within the ArkansasGives website. The minimum donation is $25 and donors will receive an email receipt they can retain for tax purposes. Maggie House is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
During this one-day event, each donation received helps nonprofit organizations qualify for additional bonus dollars from Arkansas Community Foundation. All participating nonprofits will receive a portion of a pool of bonus dollars provided by Arkansas Community Foundation; the more a nonprofit raises, the more of the bonus dollars it will receive.
In addition, nonprofits compete within three size categories for prizes given for most dollars raised as well as for most donors. In 2015 Maggie House won first prize for both most dollars raised as well as most donors. In 2016 Maggie House was successful in winning first prize for most donors. In total, Maggie House has received over $180,000 in the past two Arkansas Day of Giving events.
Maggie House provides long term care of 32 children. It includes four separate cottages, each designed to serve eight children in a Christian family environment. There is a primary focus on providing care for sibling groups, allowing them to stay together under the same roof.
Support for these children comes from trained house parents, physicians, dental hygienists, the school system, churches and volunteers from surrounding communities.
In 2016 Maggie House served 60 children, from the area, Including 11 groups of siblings. Today there are ten sibling groups living at Maggie House and 25 of the children have siblings there!
The goal is to reunite children with their families if possible. Some of them are united with extended family, and some are adopted.
Hundreds of people have contributed to the $1.1 million construction cost of Maggie House. The construction debt balance now stands at $270,000.
Currently there are 1,200 children from Area 2 in foster care. Area 2 consists of Crawford, Franklin, Johnson, Logan, Sebastian, Scott and Yell counties. Because of a shortage of beds in the seven county area over 400 children are relocated in other parts of the state and as many siblings are separated from each other.