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Celebrating Earth Day with Project 7

Thursday, April 19th is Earth Day & the Cobblestone Project is partnering with Project 7 to “Save the Earth” by planting fruit trees that will provide food for families in Northwest Arkansas.

Project 7 has teamed up with Walmart, Caribou Coffee, and other retailers to plant 2 million fruit trees back into the earth through the sale of their “Save the Earth” products.

2 million trees that will combat deforestation, fight erosion, provide oxygen, add moisture to the air, and provide food for families.

The great news is that some of those fruit “trees” will be donated to the Cobblestone Project Farm in Fayetteville to help in our Northwest Arkansas Community!

This week for every new “like” on Project 7′s Facebook page and every new follower on Project 7′s Twitter account, they will donate additional funds to one of their “Save the Earth” partners and plant more trees.

The Impact

The great news is that some of those fruit “trees” will be donated to the Cobblestone Project Farm in Fayetteville to help in our Northwest Arkansas Community!

Project 7 will be providing approximately 150 blueberry bushes or two 300 foot rows of blueberries to The Farm.  That’s a whole lot of blueberries!!!

These blueberries will provide much needed fruit that will be directed towards feeding families at risk for food insecurity in our community for years to come.

And as an added bonus, blueberries have many nutritional benefits that include being packed with Vitamin C, high in dietary fiber, and leading fruit in antioxidant.

How You Can Help

To help provide those blueberry bushes to The Farm, we would ask that you “like” Project 7 on Facebook and/or follow Project 7 on Twitter.

We will be working with Project 7 over the next few weeks to plant those blueberry bushes at The Farm, so there are also opportunities to come out to The Farm to help put them in the ground (more info coming).

You can also share this with your friends with a simple post like…

Twitter:  In honor of #EarthDay, @Project7 will plant a tree back into the earth for every new twitter follower & facebook like. Let’s #SaveTheEarth!

Facebook: Our friends at Project 7 will plant a tree back into the earth for every new twitter “follower” and Facebook “like.” Go like and share!

About Project 7

Project 7 exists to do good around the globe. They make everyday products like bottled water, gum, mints and coffee that give back to seven areas of good.

Purchases Feed the HungryHeal the SickHope for PeaceHouse the HomelessQuench the ThirstyTeach them Well and Save the Earth.

Check them out at Project7.com.

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Present in the City: Grace

Wednesday March 14, 2012 – Wednesday March 14, 2012

Fellowship Bible Church NWA

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The Cobblestone Project & People of the Second Chance invite you to gather for an evening that promises to radically transform your understanding of grace and second chances. Please plan on joining us on Wed, March 14th at 6pm as we gather as a community and raise a banner of grace.

(click to download “Present in the City:  Grace” printable announcement posters)

Mike Foster

We are lucky to have Mike Foster as the keynote speaker for Present in the City: Grace. Mike is a speaker, author, and consultant helping people live and tell a better story. Mike is the Co-founder of “People of the Second Chance” a radical grace movement made up of activists, artists and imperfectionists. He serves on the Executive Team of PlainJoe Studios and is the author of “Gracenomics: Unleash The Power of Second Chance Living” He lives in Southern California with his beautiful bride and his 2 young children.

People of the Second Chance

People of the Second ChancePeople of the Second Chance is a global community of activists, imperfectionists and second chancers committed to unleashing radical grace everyday, in every moment, for everyone. We challenge the common misconceptions about failure and success and stand with those who have hit rock bottom in their personal and professional lives. We are a community that is committed to stretch ourselves in the areas of relational forgiveness, personal transparency and advocate for mercy over judgment.

for more information, please contact info@cobblestoneproject.org

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Walmart “12 Days of Giving” Selects 3 Bags in 2 Days

We are so thankful to share that 3 Bags in 2 Days has been selected as a part of Walmart’s “12 Days of Giving” campaign.  We are overjoyed and blown away to have been nominated and selected; however, we know it is only because of every single person who has come alongside these efforts in Northwest Arkansas.

This is a reflection of your work, your dedication, and your compassion!  And now we have the opportunity to empower these efforts of making small bags of compassion tools to the restoration of dignity, hope, and love.

Thank you Northwest Arkansas!  We are humbled and honored to receive this investment into the efforts of 3 Bags in 2 Days (more info to come).

Here is a copy & link to Walmart’s announcement

Walmart Gives $200,000 to 10 Nonprofits on the 12th Day of Holiday Facebook Campaign

BENTONVILLE, Ark., Dec. 23, 2011 – On the 12th and last day of its “12 Days of Giving” Facebook campaign, Walmart is awarding $200,000 to 10 nonprofits that are true heroes for their communities and have made selfless acts to help those in need. Over the last twelve consecutive days, Walmart awarded a total of $1.5 million to 145 organizations in all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.

Organizations being honored on the company’s Facebook page today are serving communities in: Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Texas.

“Every community needs a hero—someone who is willing to take extraordinary and selfless action to help those in need,” said Julie Gehrki, senior director at the Walmart Foundation. “We are honored to give these inspirational community heroes the recognition they deserve and do a small part to help them achieve their mission.”

Walmart’s call for nominations for its “12 Days of Giving” Facebook campaign resulted in more than 5,400 nominations from Facebook users who shared photos and short descriptions of a nonprofit’s impact in its local community. A panel from the Walmart Foundation reviewed submissions and selected nonprofits with a focus on organizations that are providing basic needs such as food, shelter, clothing and baby supplies.

The 12th day of giving highlights organizations started by extraordinary heroes, young and old, who unselfishly opened their homes and dedicated great amounts of time to provide food, clothing, shelter and a supportive environment for those in their community who needed help. The organizations being spotlighted today include:

(link to Walmart Foundation Press Release)

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2012 Farm Harvest Share Subscriptions on Sale

We are happy to announce that 2012 Harvest Share Subscriptions are now available for purchase (limited number available).

The Farm’s Harvest Share Subscription program is designed to allow “certified naturally grown” food to be purchased from The Farm in order to enable food to be distribute to the hungry in our community.

However, it does more than simply deliver food.  The Harvest Share program also creates economic development in the form of jobs and educational opportunities to students in local schools to provide solutions to ending hunger and poverty in our community.

It’s simple.  The Farm gives you the opportunity to buy one, give one.

One Farm subscription purchase simultaneously provides a season’s worth of healthy food (approx. 22 weeks) for your family and for your neighbors in need – the people in your own back yard, the ones you may never have met but care for deeply.

By simply buying fresh, homegrown goodness for your family from The Farm, you can plant seeds of compassion and grow positive change in Northwest Arkansas.

For complete details on the 2012 Harvest Share Subscription program, please visit the Harvest Share web page.  Questions or comments can be directed to TheFarm@CobblestoneProject.org

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Shear Kindness Helps Students Get Ready for First Day of School

Searching for relief from an unyielding economy and battling relentless heat for weeks on end make it difficult for anyone to think even leaving the house…much less about buying school supplies and spending a little extra for haircuts.

Every year, Samaritan Community Center offers relief to thousands of families before school starts by providing backpacks full of school supplies for kids of all ages.

Shear Kindness had the privilege of partnering to help connect local salons to provide free haircuts, making hundreds of kids feel special and look great for school.

We had the opportunity to talk with Chandra Ryan Perkins, one of the founders of Shear Kindness, to hear how the two day events went.

Stylists from salons all over Northwest Arkansas joined together to give out free smiles and free haircuts.

Here is what some of them had to say when asked “Why did you decide to come give haircuts for FREE today?”

“I love to help and give back when I can. It’s just so sweet to see the kids’ faces and to be able to help them out with a haircut to get them ready for school” – Aubrey Smith, Freshair

“I remember at the start of school always getting my hair cut and picking out my clothes for the first day. Everyone deserves that opportunity!” – Rachel Shannon, The Parlor

“Selfishly, I get such fulfillment from doing this. I look into those eyes and know there is so much behind them. I think the biggest part is realizing that I can give them just 5 minutes of time while I’m cutting their hair and make them feel so special.” – Martha Marie Lewis, The Parlor

What was the most meaningful part of today for you?

“Seeing the kids smile!”  Pam Krummick, Acropolis Salon & Day Spa

“When I’m in a salon everyday that’s always full, I forget sometimes that this is a luxury that not everyone gets.” Rachel Shannon, The Parlor

“Hearing a mom say she was afraid her son would be picked on because of his hair. It was nice to help set her at ease just by giving her son a haircut” Kim Warren, Acropolis Salon & Day Spa

“When I think about peoples needs, I think about food and clothes, but I don’t think about haircuts. I work everyday doing this, but don’t really realize how many kids need  a haircut. I’m happy to be able to use my skill to help out!”  Betty Cash, Freshair

We want to extend a special thank you to all of the salons that made Shear Kindness possible to include

Accents Salon
Acropolis Salon & Day Spa
The Beauty Station
Career Academy of Hair Design
Chandra Ryan Perkins Salon
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Mirage Hair Salon
The Parlor
Pink by Julie
Reflections Salon
Salon Craze
Tammie Cavness
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If you would like more information on Shear Kindness, please visit the initiative page or send an email to ShearKindness@CobblestoneProject.org & we’ll be in touch.

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Laundry Love Springdale Update & Thank You to the Powers

After a year and a half leading Laundry Love Springdale, Jeff and Jennifer Powers will be following their calling in life to serve our community through the Samaritan House Fellowship.  We could never thank the Powers enough for their contribution to the Laundry Love effort & the impact that they have made in the lives of so many will be reflected in eternity.  They took the responsibility of beginning the Springdale Laundry Love efforts from the ground up and they have seen some incredible stories of life change take place over the past year and a half.

They will obviously be missed  at Laundry Love, but we are glad they aren’t going far.  We asked Jennifer to share a few thoughts on Laundry Love and their role over the past 18 months.

…written by Jennifer Powers

 

It’s been nearly 2 years since I first volunteered at the Laundry Love Project (LLP) in Rogers. That night a seed was planted and four months later, Jeff and I were launching LLP in Springdale.

 

At that time we were earnestly seeking God’s will for our lives and were preparing to sell our house and move away to where we felt God was calling us to do mission work.  As we prepared for this transition in our lives, we sensed God close the door and reassure us that it was merely a test of our obedience to Him.  Instead He opened our eyes to see the need in our own community; and thus, LLP Springdale was born.

 

We began LLP thinking we had something to offer.  Our mission was to bring hope and love to the under-resourced in our community; people who have to choose between having enough money to wash their clothes or enough money to put food on the table. What we didn’t realize is how much LLP would change us.

 

Through LLP, we had opportunities to meet and relate to people who might otherwise go unnoticed. We learned how to truly see people – to look past appearances, to learn the context of a person’s life, to offer hope, encouragement, and a helping hand. Through LLP God taught us lessons about unconditional love and demonstrated His promises to provide and equip.  After 1 ½ years with LLP, God has lead us to join Him in His work at Samaritan House Fellowship in Rogers. We are blessed to, now, be part of their youth ministries where we are leading Jr. High and High School students.

 

We are happy that LLP Springdale will continue under the leadership of Patrick and Lindsey Kelley through the Grove Church.

Again, we have been blessed by their contribution and our community is truly a better place because of them.  We can’t wait to hear the stories that will emerge in this new chapter of their life.

If you would like to learn more about Laundry Love and how you can serve through this incredible initiative, we invite you to visit the Laundry Love initiative page  or email LLP@CobblestoneProject.org.  Laundry Love is an initiative of Just One a non profit organization that was formed to stimulate greater global awareness about extreme poverty, and to provoke compassionate ideas and intelligent giving in order to provide sustainable relief.

 

 

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January Cobblestone Project Update

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The Farm

The 2011 season for The Farm is underway!

It is hard to believe the opportunities that have presented themselves over the past few months and we are truly excited about what is ahead.

We are excited to announce that the Cobblestone Project Farm is moving to FayettevilleNew Heights Church in Fayetteville has graciously donated the use of 10 acres of their land in West Fayetteville to be the new home of the farm.

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This move will greatly expand the scope of The Farm to include:  expanded food production capacity, work share programs to create commerce & jobs, agricultural education partnerships & a large increas

e in the ability to serve the under-resourced all over NW Arkansas.  We are extremely grateful to the people of New Heights Church for their vision.  We could not dream this big without your vision, and we are looking forward to this new partnership.

There will be a Farm volunteer information & orientation luncheon on Saturday, February 19th from 10 am to 12 pm in Fayetteville (lunch will be provided).  Please register to attend (location information on Volunteer Hub).

Opportunities to volunteer at The Farm will start in March, and those dates will be available soon.  We would ask that you consider attending on Feb 19th as it will provide a broad overview of production plans and volunteer roles.
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D.C.

This past year we were incredible blessed by a member of the community who graciously helped start the D.C. initiative.  As a result, the back of house engine that is needed to support many of the Cobblestone Project initiatives was able to drive so many things behind the scenes.  This includes a home for 3 Bags in

2 Day, support for the 5 Our Step families that were placed in homes this past year, Laundry Love prep & staging as well as some of our Green Rooms and gatherings.  As a result of the DC, we have seen a new level of capabilities and effectiveness throughout all of our initiatives.

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So, in order to fully support the continued development of the various initiatives, the DC will be following the Farm to Fayetteville.  It will be located very close to the Farm site and be able to serve in a new capacity of processing the harvest, cold storage, etc.

The new D.C. will take a lot of effort to get it up to the level we need to support our requirements, so there are some electrical, plumbing and cleaning needs if any groups are able to help.  Given a little elbow grease, the DC will be a perfect new home.

If you would like to help with bringing the D.C. up to speed, please send an email to DC@cobblestoneproject.org or watch the Volunteer Hub for staged volunteer days.
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!dea Camp: Orphan Care

We are pleased to be a supporting organization bringing The Idea Camp to Northwest Arkansas.

The Idea Camp is a collaborative movement of idea-makers who facilitate hybrid conferences and develop resources for people who desire to move ideas towards implementation. Facilitated by a growing collective of innovative thinkers and practitioners from numerous disciplines, participants gather around topics of interest to encourage & inspire one another, share practical wisdom from the field, and develop viable networks for idea-making.

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The upcoming Idea Camp (Feb 25th & 26th in NW Arkansas) is focusing on the subject of Orphan Care. It will facilitate fresh, honest and transformative conversations with leading thinkers and practitioners on topics including US & International care, community development, trafficking of orphans, adoption, foster care, child sponsorship, HIV/AIDS, special needs, cross-cultural & religious dynamics to care, and many more. The desire is to live life as God’s loving expressions of grace and hope to our world through tangible acts of care for orphans.

There will be balance conversation between Int

ernationl & US needs for orphans, foster care, mentoring and preventive care.  In fact, many local NW Arkansas organizations will be presenting include 99 Balloon, The C.A.L.L, NW Arkansas Women’s Shelter, Keypoint Church, Titus Task, Potter’s House, Central United Methodist Church, Cobblestone Project and Mike & Susan Duke will be sharing their experience as Child Advocates.

For more information, and to register, visit https://www.theideacamp.com/.

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In Closing

Thank you to everyone that gives unceasingly to serve our community.  You are the heroes & we could not be more grateful to live in a community like NW Arkansas

Take Care,

The Cobblestone Project

“Aggressively Pursuing a Community Without Need”

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Click to Download Cobblestone Project January 2011

click document icon to download a printable version of the Cobblestone Project January 2011 Update

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Not Passed By…a story from Laundry Love Springdale

“go and do likewise”

Following the example of the Good Samaritan, Laundry Love opens the door to “go and do likewise”…to stop, show mercy, and care for those who might otherwise be passed by.

Here are a few stories of people in need who were not passed by.

One weekend, Vicky happened to walk into the laundromat on a Laundry Love day. While washing her clothes, she shared her story. Her propane tank had sat empty for nearly a year because she couldn’t afford to have it filled. She and her husband did what they could to stay warm in their trailer where they lived.

Unable to ignore such an unmet need, a group of individuals pulled together to fill her propane tank and give her heat for the winter. She was not only thankful to have heat, but she was even more delighted to learn that she could cook on her stove and oven, again.

On another Laundry Love Saturday, a young teenage girl came into the laundromat.

While waiting for her clothes to dry she shared her story about how her father kicked her out of their apartment when she found out she was pregnant. Scared and not sure what the future held, someone took her by the hand and walked with her through her journey of becoming a young mother.

She was connected with a resource in the community called Family Network who helped provide her with prenatal care, guidance on becoming a mother, and support in finishing school.

The birth of her healthy baby boy was celebrated and she continues to visit the laundromat.

Last month, I got a phone call Friday night before a Laundry Love Saturday from a woman saying she heard about free laundry, but she didn’t have a car and needed a ride to the laundromat. Upon meeting her, I couldn’t help but be jolted by the stark contrast in our lives. However, upon our time spent together while her clothes were washing I realized the overwhelming commonalities between us and my eyes were opened to see her as another young woman struggling with relationships in her life and trying to be a good mom. Before parting, we prayed together and she said, “At least now I know there’s someone I can talk to who understands.”

These stories are just a few examples of how Laundry Love is being used to open up doors that allow us to impact lives by share love and hope with other


If you would like to be involved in serving the under-resourced in NW Arkansas by serving at Laundry Love, please visit the Laundry Love initiative page or send an email to llp@cobblestoneproject.org

Laundry Love was created by Just One.  Please visit Just One Laundry Love website to find a laundry love near you.

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There’s another word in the name that much more accurately describes what happen through this initiative…

a post from Jennifer Powers on the subject of how Laundry Love is about so much more than just washing clothoes and serving a meal…


I get different reactions when people learn about Laundry Love. Many people respond by telling me it’s a good thing. Some people talk about how good it must feel to be able to help others in need. A few scoff and assume that people take advantage of another hand-out. Some think it sounds like an interesting service project.

On the surface, Laundry Love looks like any other task-oriented service project: wash their clothes, serve a meal…check. And for some who serve that’s all it is. But that only describe one part of Laundry Love. There’s another word in the name that much more accurately describes what happen through this initiative…Love.

Love is what began this initiative and Love is what sustains it.

We are taught to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. Do you love yourself enough to make sure you have enough food so that you don’t go hungry? Do you love yourself enough to make sure you have clean clothes to wear each week? Do you love your children enough to send them to school in clean clothes so that they don’t have to feel insecure or experience rejection among their peers? Do you ever have to choose between having enough money for food or clean clothes because you don’t have enough money for both?

We love ourselves enough to make sure we have these basic provisions in our own lives. However, the reality is that some in our own community are much less fortunate. If we live out the command to love our neighbors as ourselves wouldn’t the natural response be to do what you could to help make sure these basic needs are met in your neighbor’s life? Let go of the misconception that “neighbor” is defined by subdivisions or proximity to your house.

Three men passed by a man who had been robbed, beaten and left nearly dead on the side of the road. The first two passed by and did nothing. The third took pity on him and made sure he was cared for before he went on his way. Jesus asks, “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man?” Then, he gives a simple command…, “Go and do likewise.”

Laundry Love opens the door to “go and do likewise”…to stop, take pity on someone in need, show mercy, and care for those who might otherwise be passed by.


If you would like to learn more about how to help with Laundry Love, please visit the Laundry Love initiative webpage for stories, dates and how to sign-up to help.