From summer camp to black-tie events, here's this month's snapshot of the news worth noting in Little Rock nonprofits.

THE DREAM TEAM

Campfires, canoes, bug spray — on the outside it looks like just another day in the life of a kid enjoying their summer break.

But Camp Hope isn’t your average summer camp.

Hosted by Women and Children First at Camp Aldersgate, Camp Hope is a summer experience for children who have been exposed to domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. Starting in San Diego in 2003, Camp Hope has since spread across the nation to 15 locations, with this event being the first in Arkansas.

According to WCF, kids exposed to domestic violence are at a higher risk for emotional, social and behavioral issues, and are at a significantly higher risk for future abuse. Camp Hope is designed to help children develop positive coping mechanisms to help them thrive in difficult environments.

And while the premise isn’t all rainbows and butterflies, the purpose is to provide these kids with a fun summer camp experience full of swimming, campfire singing and games. In short, it’s a chance to be “normal.”

The kids also benefit from mentoring programs while at Camp Hope, the product of hours of training by WCF’s already highly-trained staff, along with an “evidence- and value-based curriculum that teaches campers to believe in themselves, in others and in their dreams.”

Pass the marshmallows.


BIG MOVES

Nick Leopolous was recently appointed executive director of the Thea Foundation, assuming the role formerly held by his father Paul Leopoulos since co-founding the nonprofit with his wife in 2001.

Anne Marie Doramus became the first woman appointed to a full term on the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

Economics Arkansas added three new members to its board of directors: Jim Andrews, David George and Lorrie Trogden.


SAVE THE DATE

Yadaloo Music & Arts Festival
Sept. 22

This fest makes its debut on the banks of the river with a portion of proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity of Central Arkansas.


More Than Pink Walk
Oct. 26

The city’s most festive 5K is getting a makeover. Susan G. Komen would be proud.


Breath of Life Gala
Nov. 9

Dinner, dancing and a night celebrating the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation awaits at this annual black-tie-optional affair.


LAST CALL

This is your final opportunity to join the 2019 Arkansas Giving Guide, a resource highlighting local nonprofits and what they need for continued success.

The publication runs in the October issue of Soirée as well as in our sister publication, Arkansas Business.

If your nonprofit is interested in being a part of the 2019 Giving Guide, email Mandy Richardson by Thursday, Aug. 15.

FOLLOW ALONG

The Rep’s education department wraps up summer musical theater camp with an original revue telling the story of Peter Pan.

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Our House’s Garden Club had an amazing summer! These veggies were later used in cooking classes in the nonprofit’s career center.

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The Centers for Youth and Families announces a delicious new fundraiser, BrunchFest, coming in September.

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