Two local nonprofits are making resources go further with a mutually beneficial agreement.
Faulkner County Day School will give the Boys and Girls Club of Faulkner County a much-needed shuttle bus, and the Club agrees Faulkner County Day School’s Work Force clients can use the Bob Nabholz facility on South German Lane to incorporate exercise into their program.
The Boys and Girls Club facility is unoccupied during the day, and use of the facility’s basketball gym and activity rooms would be beneficial to those Work Force serves, according to Ivan Price, Faulkner County Day School’s transportation director.
Work Force is a part of Faulkner County Day School, the adult component that teaches people with developmental disabilities life skills and offers employment through contracted work.
Work Force is in walking distance of the Boys and Girls Club, said Liberty Parks, Boys and Girls Club area director.
"With the sidewalk being there, they can walk safely down the street during the day to have an exercise period with their consumers," Parks said.
Boys and Girls Club Chief Professional Officer Clint Brock said the partnership is providing the Club with a bus that is "nicer than anything we’ve got."
The shuttle bus, a 2001 model, accommodates 25 passengers and two wheel chairs, Price said.
Faulkner County Day School cycles out one vehicle a year, and the vehicle is typically sold.
Parks said nonprofits collaborating to help each other in these types of partnerships will benefit all.
She said in the summer months especially, the new bus will be used to take Club members on field trips.
Parks said the Club recently received a 17-passenger van donation from the Faulkner County Senior Citizens Wellness and Activity Center.
Brock added that the van from the Senior Center is also nicer than any of the four vehicles already in the fleet.
Brock said the Club is looking for CDL drivers so that they can begin to put the new vehicles to use. CDL drivers can inquire at 329-8849.
The Club currently serves about 350 children, and programs run out of three units, two in Conway, and one in Mayflower.
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