Engage Arkansas is an Arkansas initiative to inspire and advance civic engagement to help combat social inequalities and strengthen local communities. As the primary coordinating entity supporting the Governor’s Commission on National Service and Volunteerism, we are responsible for inspiring and sustaining civic engagement by supporting local civic services, community education, and the promotion of partner program opportunities.
Our staff advocates for such solutions and purposefully partners with government agencies, municipalities, education systems, and nonprofit or faith-based sectors to help create impact, benefiting communities and families statewide. The EngageAR office is housed within the Department of Education and is staffed to fulfill the role defined by its governor-appointed commission and the governor.
Why is Engage Arkansas important?
A vast array of state public systems and non-governmental programs offer support services to those in need. EngageAR positions itself as a supporting role to help partner and service programs gain greater impact within the communities through volunteerism and national service.
Our staff and commission partner with government agencies, municipalities, institutions of higher education, and the nonprofit and faith-based sectors across Arkansas. These community-based partnerships are fostered through EngageAR consultative support and events, with our staff and commission continuously communicating and promoting the partnering programs and engagement opportunities. In addition, EngageAR is the conduit and manager for internship and national service placement offered by the AmeriCorps program.
Opportunities to partner with EngageAR or to support an AmeriCorps program are created to engage, serve, and strengthen local communities
How do I involve Engage Arkansas?
Engage Arkansas welcomes the opportunity to learn how we can help support and promote your services or program. We work in partnership with nonprofit, faith-based, government, and community-based organizations throughout the state to increase the awareness and engagement of local civic needs. Once registered and partnership eligibility is established, the EngageAR staff will work to help support your communication and outreach efforts through the EngageAR social media platforms and list serves.
What is this history of Engage Arkansas?
The office for volunteerism in Arkansas has seen many changes over the years, but much of its legacy can be traced back to one individual, former First Lady Bettey Bumpers. Learn about Betty Bumpers legacy of service and the efforts she made to garner funding and unite volunteerism across Arkansas and the nation.