30 Days 4 Change 2012 Campaign Begins Now!

On April 1st, Bentonville High School Students Kick off the first “30 Days 4 Change” campaign targeted at making a positive difference in our community!

30 Days 4 Change is designed to…

  • Engage students to inspire new ideas and new approaches to community needs.
  • Expose nonprofit organizations to a new generation who desire to make positive change.
  • Provide opportunities for ideas to be replicated by other nonprofit organizations.

Groups have been paired with a Northwest Arkansas Nonprofit Organization addressing poverty related issues and have from April 1st to April 30th to work towards tangible change, awareness, advocacy, and solutions.

At the end of 30 days, the student groups will be evaluated by a panel of regional poverty and educational experts to determine which organizations campaign was moved furthest forward.  As a result of the students efforts, that organization will be awarded a $1,000 “30 Days 4 Change” capacity building grant.

Students will be evaluated based on…

  • Alignment: Initiative Alignment to NonProfit Organizational Mission.
  • Measured Impact: Initiative Measured Impact to original Initiative Scope.
  • Replication: Initiative’s Ability to be Replicated by other Organizations & Student Groups
  • NonProfit Evaluation: Evaluation of Students Ability to Work Together as a Team.

You may follow the progress of the “30 Days 4 Change Campaign” at…

2012 Partner Organizations & Campaign Scope

30D4C Group 1

Partner Organization: 99 Balloons

Team Members:

Organizations stated need for 30 Days 4 Change: Recruit volunteers to serve at rEcess & raising funds to pay for shipping wheelchairs to Ukraine for special needs children.

Students Mission: To raise money for shipping wheelchairs to Urkaine & recruiting volunteers for rEcess.

How does 30D4C support organizations mission? Volunteers are backbone of rEcess & as the program grows, more volunteers will be needed to support special needs families in Northwest Arkansas. Additionally, there is a need for wheelchairs to support a 99 Balloons Ukraine project.

Desired end results of 30D4C: Raise minimum $750 to cover cost of shipping & recruit volunteers.

How will 30D4C effort/impact be measured? By raising the required money and having volunteers sign up to serve.

30D4C Group 2

Partner Organization: Samaritan Community Center

Team Name: Minoriteam

Team Members:

  • Ashley Worthey*
  • Mallory Cibulka
  • Lindsey Martin
  • Mason Jones
  • Diane Wang
  • Blake Basham
  • Matt Phelan

Organizations stated need for 30 Days 4 Change: Collection of food to support Samaritan Community Center’s Food Pantry operations.

Students Mission: OCFD aka “Operation Canned Food Drive”

How does 30D4C support organizations mission? Help to provide food for those at risk for hunger in our community.

Desired end results of 30D4C: A pantry loaded with food

How will 30D4C effort/impact be measured? Students will construct a thermometer chart to keep progress of collected food to the goal.

30D4C Group 3

Partner Organization: 7 Hills Homeless Center

Team Name: HTH

Team Members:

Organizations stated need for 30 Days 4 Change: Awareness of homelessness in Bentonville

Students Mission: We plan on organizing an event and gather people to be “homeless for a night” (sleep outside) and maybe raise money as we do.

How does 30D4C support organizations mission? This can hopefully bring awareness because it is not what you would usually see in Bentonville.

Desired end results of 30D4C: To bring awareness to Bentonville that homelessness is an issue because many 7 Hills clients are from Bentonville.

How will 30D4C effort/impact be measured? Amount of people that end up hearing about the event (awareness).

30D4C Group 4

Partner Organization: Saving Grace

Team Members:

  • Morgan Drish*
  • Hannah Amerson
  • Morgan Jones
  • Lindsey Martin

Organizations stated need for 30 Days 4 Change: Communications & Marketing of Saving Grace’s mission in Northwest Arkansas to include: 1) Improved communication materials (i.e. brochures), 2) Marketing and spread the word , and 3) collection basic needs items for Saving Grace

Students Mission: To improve brochures and to let the women of NW Arkansas be aware of the Saving Grace home

How does 30D4C support organizations mission? Raising awareness to broaden their ministry

Desired end results of 30D4C: To distribute as may brochures as possible.

How will 30D4C effort/impact be measured? The feedback received and the number of brochures distributed.

30D4C Group 5

Partner Organization: Lifesource International

Team Members:

  • Kelly Xia*
  • Emily Sellers
  • Shelby Thompson
  • Alex Piceror
  • Marisa Piceror

Organizations stated need for 30 Days 4 Change: Fresh foods (non canned foods) & Non perishable food such as rice or beans.

Students Mission: Our group would like to build four raised garden beds for Lifesource. We would also like to get pipes to redirect gutter water into a 55 gallon bucket.

How does 30D4C support organizations mission? By building these raised garden beds we are providing Lifesource with a source of fresh foods and vegetables. We also wanted to redirect the gutter water in a way so all the rain water would go into a bucket and that’s how they would water their plants. That way they wouldn’t have to pay for the water or the sewage afterward.

Desired end results of 30D4C: By the end of this project we want the garden beds up and running. We also would like to inform children how to grow and produce their own raised garden beds at home. So they can have fresh food at home. By the end of the project we would like to have made a great impact for Lifesource.

How will 30D4C effort/impact be measured? 1) measure our results by how much effort we have put into our project. Already we have informed our friends and family about our project and asking for donation. I have also been to Lowe’s multiple times to find the most efficient way to build our raised garden beds. We our also going to do a fundraiser at Jonny Bursco, 2) you could measure our results by how many garden beds we are able to build, 3) measure our result how much our garden beds will benefit Lifesource.

For more information on 30 Days 4 Change, please email 30D4C@CobblestoneProject.org