FORT SMITH – Jonesboro amassed well over half a million hours of community service last year. As a result Jonesboro got an award at the 2018 Arkansas Municipal League Winter Conference in Fort Smith.
Jonesboro, which has just under 68,000 people, was one of 12 cities in the state to earn an Arkansas Volunteer Community of the Year Award.
“Jonesboro is a remarkably benevolent community,” said Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin. “If there is a true need, the people pull together and fulfill that need.”
More than 9,000 volunteers in Jonesboro dedicated 550,000 hours of community service last year.
“The Department of Human Services believes that community problems are best solved through the power of people,” said Shana Chaplin DHS office of communications & community engagement (OCCE) deputy chief of faith based partnerships. “The Arkansas Volunteer Community of the Year Award recognizes cities that are effectively encouraging the service of their citizens, and tapping into their knowledge and creativity to collectively solve pressing local challenges.”
Jonesboro joined Benton, Bentonville, Clarkridge, Clarksville, Everton, Fort Smith, Greenbrier, Marianna, Mountain Home, Siloam Springs and Van Buren as communities that received the award.
The Arkansas Volunteer Community of the Year Awards are sponsored by the Office of the Governor, the Arkansas Municipal League, the Governor’s Advisory Commission on National Service and Volunteerism and OCCE. The Arkansas Department of Transportation (ArDot) provides signs at prominent locations designating the communities as recipients of the award.
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