Community Service Opportunities

The Henderson State University Community Education Center coordinates with local residents and businesses to provide community service opportunities for our students. These opportunities are a great way for students to be engaged in the community and potentially enhance their education beyond the classroom.

Log Volunteer Service Hours

These forms are designed to log volunteer community service hours as an individual and/or an organization.

Animals

HUMANE SOCIETY OF CLARK COUNTY
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

To volunteer, please fill out this Volunteer Form.  Located at 627 Walnut Street

GIVE ME A CHANCE EQUINE RESCUE
An organization where donkeys, horses, ponies, and mules are rescued. Located 10 miles east of Arkadelphia in Manchester community.
All visits are by appointment only! Volunteers are needed for the following:
  • Horse care (brushing, gentling, etc.)
  • Paddock clean-up and repairs
  • Researching grants
  • Fundraising ideas (provide baking goods, etc and sit in booths to distribute goods and literature, etc.)
  • Bookkeeping
  • Handle paperwork of the equines coming in and being adopted
  • Design and distribute newsletters
This is NOT a riding stable.
To volunteer, fill out the online Volunteer Form or call Tom or Polly Cates at 870-246-3007. Located at 68 Terrapin Trail

Children

PROJECT PREVENT YOUTH COALITION (PPYC)

Project Prevent Youth Coalition (PPYC of Project Prevent) is the statewide youth tobacco coalition in Arkansas. Project Prevent Youth Coalition members participate in activities that promote changes in social norms about tobacco and nicotine use. Membership is completely free for students and adults.

Earn community service hours.

The Arkadelphia PPYC meets twice a month for normally one hour at Dawson Education Coop, 711 Clinton Street. Refreshments are provided.

For more information about joining PPYC, contact Teresa Davis at teresad@dawsonesc.com or call Dawson Education Cooperative at 870-246-1451.

ARKADELPHIA HEAD START
Ways you can volunteer are:
  • Reading stories to children
  • Assisting with breakfast, snack and lunch
  • Attending parent meetings
  • Cut out educational materials and stapling papers for classroom teachers
  • Spanish speaking volunteers to act as teachers' aids

To volunteer, call Carla Merkel at 870-246-8931. Located at 301 North 23rd Street 

HAPPYLAND CHILDCARE CENTER
Happyland is open from 9am-4pm with nap time from 12:30pm-2pm. Volunteers are needed for, but not limited to:
  • Holiday parties
  • Help serve food for the at risk program (approx. 50 children and starts in the evenings for an hour to hour and a half)
  • Read and play with the children
  • Summer Program (fedding and playing with children)

To volunteer, call Jackie Craig-Director at 870-246-4050. Located at 2040 Pine Street

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF CLARK COUNTY
An organization to enable young children to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. Volunteer activities include working with children with:
  • Sports activities
  • Tutoring
  • Education
  • Health

To volunteer, call Erik Edington at 870-230-1092 or by email erikedington@arkadelphiaschools.org. Located at 1305 Caddo Street


Education/Tutoring

AMERICA READS
Tutoring reading and math in the public schools. 

For details, contact Leigh Anne McKinney at 870-245-5320

CLARK COUNTY LITERACY COUNCIL
The Clark County Literacy Council offers one on one tutoring in basic literacy and provides services to adults who want to learn English as a second language. Volunteers are needed for the following:
  • Tutoring
  • Promotional/Advertising help
  • Clark County Fair booth in September

To volunteer, call Sheryl Strother-Director at 870-230-5624. Located at 640 South 6th Street. 


Assistance to Families

THE ARKADELPHIA HOUSING AUTHORITY
A non-profit organization and umbrella with Housing of Urban Development (HUD)that assists low-income families with:
  • housing assistance
  • volunteering
  • homeownership
  • office work
  • Backyard Bible Club activities
  • being self-sufficient
  • Office secretarial services (e.g. phone calls, mail, letters, etc.)

Please contact Shelia Hunter at 870-246-4632. Located at 670 South 6th Street

SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER-MEALS ON WHEELS
Volunteers are needed to transport meals to senior citizens that are in need throughout the community. Starting around 10:30am, deliveries are made to approximately 22 families and the route usually takes about anhour or hour and a half. Volunteers must use their own vehicle but the meals and containers are provided. Volunteers can sign up to do as little as one delivery or multiple deliveries.

Contact Cindy Rhodes or Lecia Tallant at the Senior Activity Center at 870-246-9871. Located at 1305 North 10th Street

CLARK COUNTY ECUMENICAL FOOD PANTRY
This organization distributes food items from a food bank to low-income families in the community. The organization volunteer activities include work with:
  • Adults
  • Youth
  • Elderly
  • Health
  • Manual Labor
Distributions are on every third Tuesday from 11:00am-6:30pm. To volunteer, call Cindy Jackson at 870-230-3716. Located at First Methodist Church, 8th and Pine Street.

Senior Adults and Health

BAPTIST HOME HEALTH & HOSPICE

Contact Flecia Bryant, Bereavement Supervisor at 870-245-1041 for volunteer opportunities. Located at 3050 Twin Rivers Drive

COURTYARD GARDENS AND REHABILITATION
This is a nursing home for the elderly and disabled. Volunteer services include:
  • Visiting 
  • Pushing hydration cart at 2:00
  • Playing games
  • Feedings

To volunteer, call Carol Harris at 870-246-5566. Located at 2701 Twin Rivers Drive.

CLARK COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
The health department needs volunteers for administrative functions. 

Contact Jack Farr at 870-246-9886. Located at 602 South 10th Street.

PREGNANCY RESOURCE CENTER SOUTHWEST ARKANSAS
A non-profit counceling and resource center that serves Arkadelphia, Clark County and the surrounding area by counseling women in crisis preganancy situations. They strive to connect clients with resources that are existing in the area to meet their needs. Volunteers are needed for specific projects within the center and the community.

Contact Beverly Hankins-Director at beverlyhankins@gmail.com

TWIN RIVERS HEALTH AND REHABILITATION
This is a nursing home for the elderly and disabled. Volunteer opportunity activities are:
  • Spending time with the elderly
  • Play bingo and other games
  • Arts & crafts
  • Nature 

To volunteer, call Sarah Short at 870-246-6337. Located at 3021 Twin Rivers Drive.


Intellectual Disabilities

ARKADELPHIA HUMAN DEVELOPMENT CENTER
This organization is a state-supported residential facility for people with intellectual disabilities. Volunteers are needed for these:
  • Help recreation department with events
  • Work with clients in the Technology Center
  • Play basketball or volleyball
  • Play video games with clients
  • Sitting and interacting in their homes
  • Do hair and nails for ladies
  • Sing alongs
  • Ride bicycles
  • Take walks
  • Mentoring with clients one-on-one
  • Working in training areas with clients

Volunteers will need to go through a short orientation before going to volunteer. To volunteer, call Deborah Wilson at 870-246-8011 Ext. 297. Located in Caddo Valley at #1 Playtor Drive.

GROUP LIVING, INC (ADC, BEEHIVE, HONEYCOMB)
This organization provides a working and living environment for developmentally disabled adults which enables them to atain the highest level of independent living. Group Living provides jobs for clients at the Beehive and Honeycomb Restaurant. Volunteer activities include work with:
  • Stocking items at the Beehive
  • ADC Teaching/Interactions
  • Arts
  • Manual Labor

Volunteers may contact Yukiko Taylor at 870-246-5849 or ytaylor@groupliving.org. Main office is located at 700 Main Street.


Sports

ARKADELPHIA PARKS AND RECREATION
Volunteer activity opportunities include work with adults, youth, nature, health, manual labor, and with the city. Arkadelphia Parks and Recreation also has opportunities for you to coach your own sports team for the children in the community. Sports include:
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Football
  • Volleyball
  • Soccer
  • Basketball

Contact Mike Voltz at 870-246-5499. Located at 2555 Twin Rivers Drive.


Henderson Community Education Center
640 South 6th Street
Arkadelphia, AR 71923
870-230-5550