Arkansas has 31,834
registered nonprofit organizations supporting or advocating for health,
education, religion, the environment, food relief, and countless other services.
In order to fulfill their missions, they rely on grants, private donations,
volunteers, and community support.
I have a personal passion
for works of public service. After my post-graduate work, I was fortunate
enough to find myself working for two of these groups: Big Brothers Big Sisters of
Central Arkansas and later, the Arkansas Foodbank. I witnessed firsthand the
impact these organizations had on our communities and saw the generosity of citizens
of Central Arkansas in giving their time and resources. However, I also saw
that individuals, while obviously critical to the success of nonprofit
organizations, could never match the magnitude of financial support that
corporations could provide.
So, when I decided to
carve a new career path in the for-profit sector, I knew I wanted to work for a
company that shared the same values as me. I wanted a company where giving back
to the community was at the forefront of their overall mission. And that’s when
I found Euronet Software Solutions and their Euronet Cares program, where each
employee gives back one day a year volunteering at a nonprofit of their choice.
This was inspiring to know that my future employer serves the community in
which it is based.
It’s powerful to see
the Euronet employees achieve this mission by giving their attention to causes
like the Arkansas Foodbank’s Summer Cereal Drive, donating blood regularly to
the Arkansas Blood Institute, or volunteering and raising money for the
Arkansas Special Olympics. And while we have a dedicated day set aside for each
employee to volunteer, what really happens is that the spirit of service becomes
a year-round activity.
With almost 32,000
nonprofit organizations in the state, it’s clear that Arkansas faces a
challenge to address the needs of all citizens. Businesses and corporations can
do their part to help nonprofits reach their goals. More and more companies are
taking the initiative to step up to the plate. When communities thrive, so do
our businesses and corporations.