DHS Partners with Victory Over Violence Campaign to Share Volunteer Opportunities

VolunteerAr.org portal features ways to support efforts to make LR safer

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (News Release) -- The Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) Office of Communications and Community Engagement is partnering with the Victory Over Violence campaign and Congressman French Hill to promote ways people can support efforts to reduce violent crime in Little Rock.

There will be a news conference Saturday, Sept. 16 at Little Rock’s MacArthur Park at 3 p.m., to announce community goals for Victory Over Violence and more details about volunteer opportunities.

“Volunteers can have a positive and long-lasting impact on their communities,” said Shana Chaplin, deputy chief of community engagement at DHS. “We are proud to partner with Victory Over Violence and Congressman Hill to promote volunteer opportunities so that families, organizations, businesses, nonprofits and faith-based groups can come together to create a safer city and better opportunities for children and teens who live here.”

Victory Over Violence is an anti-crime initiative that aims to unite community groups and leaders, and be a resource for reducing violent crime and changing lives through improvements in education, jobs, mentoring and hunger.

DHS launched VolunteerAR.org, the first statewide volunteer portal, in late April and already has 1,237 volunteers registered on the site and 125 partner non-profit and community organizations. The online recruitment and volunteer management tool is used to build awareness about national service in Arkansas, disaster response and chronic social issues that keep Arkansans of all ages from living up to their fullest potential as well as to drive volunteers to organizations working to address those social issues.

Victory Over Violence will have its own page on the portal that will detail its community goals, upcoming events, and volunteer opportunities. Search for opportunities to volunteer for the Victory Over Violence campaign and its partner at www.VolunteerAR.org. Groups from across the state are encouraged to post volunteer opportunities on the site as well.


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