The City of Siloam Springs, along with eleven other Arkansas communities will receive the Arkansas Community of the Year award on January 11 at the Arkansas Municipal League winter meeting in Ft. Smith.The other communities being honored this year are: Benton, Bentonville, Clarkridge, Clarksville, Everton, Fort Smith, Greenbrier, Jonesboro, Marianna, Mountain Home, and Van Buren.
As many of you know, Siloam Springs has a spirit of volunteerism with churches, non profits, ogranizations and neighbors and friends helping those in need. Whether it's assistance in learning to read the English language to helping clean up a creek to repairing the driveway of an elderly neighbor to bringing meals to someone who cannot leave their home, Siloam Sprigns has abundant opportunities to serve others. This year, the City attempted to track volunteer hours and projects, submitted by the aforementioned non-profits, organizations and churches.
The Arkansas Department of Human Services Office of Communications and Community Engagement (OCCE) partners with the Governor’s Office, Governor’s Advisory Commission on National Service & Volunteerism, and the Arkansas Municipal League to recognize communities that band together in serving its neighbors. Winners typically have overcome obstacles such as limited funding for projects, taking a new approach to an old problem or recovering from natural disasters. Winnerseceive two signs donated by the Arkansas Highway Commission designating the city as a Volunteer Community of the Year.