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Volunteer Conway preparing for Big Event

Posted: August 12, 2014 - 3:43pm

Volunteer Conway’s annual Big Event will be Oct. 31-Nov. 1, and organizers are enlisting volunteers.

Paul Lockhart of Hewlett-Packard said, “This will be the fourth annual event. We started in 2011. It’s been a very exciting project that we’ve been able to sponsor year after year. So far we’ve had 1,200 volunteers and 3,200 hours of volunteer activity for Conway.”

Kim Williams of the Conway Downtown Partnership said Volunteer Conway was organized by the city and several organizations including HP, Centennial Bank, First Security Bank, Acxiom, Conway Corporation, Conway Regional Medical Center, Kimberly Clark, American Management Corporation and the Conway Downtown Partnership. A website, VolunteerConway.org, serves to bring together volunteers and groups, such as schools or nonprofit organizations, that need help.

Elsie Myers of Conway Corporation said of the Big Event, “It has probably been our biggest success and something a lot of people look forward to.”

Williams said at last year’s Big Event, volunteers worked in downtown pruning crepe myrtles, planting flowerpots and flowerbeds and hanging lighted garlands. She said more than 91 flowerbeds were planted and 130 lighted garlands were hung last year. This year, she said, volunteers will likely focus their efforts in the same manner on Friday.

On Saturday, she said, workers will make improvements to landscaping projects at schools. Volunteer Conway will also be looking to local nonprofit organizations that need manpower that weekend, she said.

“We’re looking for about 400 volunteers to help this year at a minimum,” she said.

Myers said, “There are few things like that where so many companies can come together and get involved, and the Big Event is so helpful with that. We keep continuing to look for ways to be a bigger impact, and so far, the Big Event has been the biggest help.”

Lockhart said the website, VolunteerConway.org, will open for registration in September. More information is available at the site.

(Staff writer Rachel Parker Dickerson can be reached by email at rachel.dickerson@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1236. To comment on this and other stories in the Log Cabin, log on to www.thecabin.net. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit)

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