Presenting the 2020 Grant Awards

The Giving Circle of the NWA Hispanic Council proudly presented the 2020 Grant Awards to support three programs in our local community.

The programs were selected by the Giving Circle from the applications submitted this year. A virtual ceremony was held on December 15, 2020 to recognize this year's award recipients. 

Sarah Pollack, Debra Elkins and Noemi Andrade on behalf of the Sunshine School & Development Center received $2,000 to support the Parents as Teachers program. Parents as Teachers (PAT) is an Evidence-Based Home Visiting program that provides services to families as a whole, rather than only working with the children.  PAT has four components that compose the model: Personal visits, Group Connections, Resource Network, & Child Screening. The four primary goals of Parents as Teachers are: 1. Increase parent knowledge of early childhood development and improve parent practices. 2. Provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues. 3. Prevent child abuse and neglect. 4. Increase children’s school readiness and success. Families qualify based on a variety of developmental and socio-economic risk factors, many of them being 200% below Federal Poverty level.

The Hispanic Women's Organization of Arkansas (HWOA), represented by Rebeca Soto received $1,500 for the HWOA Scholarship Fund Program. Due to the current pandemic, HWOA has been forced to cancel
all in person events.  The funds will help to continue providing resources to the community virtually. HWOA has been working on the creation of video tutorials to serve as a resource and to assist students in their process of searching for and applying for scholarships. This will also allow HWOA to continue sharing educational resources in its social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram), along with its website.

A $1,000 award was given to the LIFE Program at Northwest Arkansas Community College to partner with 211 Cafe located inside Bentonville Library to develop a the Read for LIFE program.  This program will provide a fun and engaging way to entice Latino youth to discover the unending world through books.  The funds will contribute to develop an app and a website to track reading habits and to set individual reading goals.  The app will link to the public library to have access to books, and will show progress amongst other participants to inspire healthy competition. Codie Ryan and Mauricio Guerrero received the awards. 

The NWA Hispanic Leadership Council's Giving Circle is a group of people who pool their resources in order to collectively contribute to issues they deem important to their community. Once a year, the Giving Circle decides which programs to sponsor from the funds collected.  To join our Giving Circle, email


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