Conway, Arkansas – City of Hope Outreach (CoHO) in partnership with University of Central Arkansas Center for Community and Economic Development will be partnering to support the launch of a new nonprofit in Mitchellville, Arkansas. This new nonprofit will support local efforts by the city to improve quality life, inspire volunteerism, and offer educational opportunities for the youth.

Mayor Carl Lee Griswold, reached out to UCA-CDI first initiated this idea when he assumed office. Mayor Griswold states, “ The Self Help Improvement Program (SHIP) is a dream of mine for the men of the city and community to come together and share passion and ideas on how we can better serve our community through volunteers, while mentoring and teaching our youth the importance of being educated, financially stable and having sound moral practice.”

Amy Whitehead, who is the Director for the Center of Community and Economic Development, comments, “Building the capacity of rural leaders to plan for the future and improve their communities is key to the work of UCA's Center for Community and Economic Development. A partnership with CoHO to work with leaders in Mitchellville will help us extend our mission to new areas by tapping in to the expertise of Phillip Fletcher and his staff."

Phillip D. Fletcher, Executive Director for CoHO, is looking forward to seeing the outcomes of this partnership. “We are looking forward to offering technical assistance, training, and hosting community meetings. It is important this effort is originating from the people in Mitchellville and increasing access to a number of resources will only produce some great benefits for the city. The partnership will include the development of a nonprofit, board training, and facilitation of three community meetings to develop programming unique to Mitchellville.”

About CoHO

The mission of the City of Hope Outreach is to provoke hope in human beings-one individual, one family, and one community-for the glory of God. The organization serves the Oakwood, Brookside, and South Ash communities’ focusing on education, housing, and community development. Learn more about CoHO and volunteer opportunities at