Cooperative Emergency Outreach provides emergency assistance to residents of Washington County, AR, living in  Fayetteville, Cane Hill, Elkins, Farmington, Greenland,  Goshen, Lincoln, Prairie Grove, Summers, West Fork, and Winslow.   We regret that we are unable to serve clients living outside of this area.

CEO is a COOPERATIVE group of churches assisting members of the community in EMERGENCY situations as part of an OUTREACH ministry.

We invite you to browse our site and learn about CEO, what we are doing in our community, and how you can help.

Library:  Food For Fees Nov. 12-18

Fayetteville Public Library card holders will get a $1 credit toward their overdue fees for each can or box of food donated (unopened, unexpired, non-perishable, non-glass).

Last year this benefit provided 2440 pounds of food for our pantry. Items needed include: peanut butter, canned tuna fish or chicken, beans, canned soup or fruit, and cereal.

Participants should bring the food items to the checkout desk along with their library card. For more information visit the library web site https://www.faylib.org/events/food-fees-week-november-12-18 or call 479-856-7113.
We are located at 1649 E. Hunstville Road, Fayetteville, AR

Anabelle Berry retires as CEO Publicity Chair.     As we welcome Doris Patneau as the new chairperson of the publicity committee, we thank Anabelle for her 23 years of service, so far, to CEO.  She started working at CEO about 1995 and  took over publicity in 2006. At that time we had a one page newsletter that was distributed only to the churches.  She expanded the newsletter to two, and sometimes three, pages. It now includes photos and is sent not only to the churches but also to a list of  individual supporters via email.  Under her leadership we joined the Internet age with an email address, a web site, and a facebook page. CEO has been featured on KUAF and the AR Democrat-Gazette.  She also created a CEO brochure that can be distributed to interested supporters. Our thanks to Anabelle Berry!

CEO Pantry Coordinator(s) needed.  CEO is seeking one or two volunteers willing to serve as pantry coordinator(s) for our food room. The coordinator(s) will  schedule daily volunteers who fill client orders in the food room, as well as provide supervision for volunteers to ensure the pantry is stocked and items rebagged in appropriate quantities.  For additional information or to volunteer please contact Maxine LeBlanc (cell 479-790-1635;    e-mail: maxipaul@cox.net)

Volunteers Needed!    We need volunteers-interviewers are always needed, other positions are also available, and CEO is searching for a new publicity person-contact us if you are interested in helping!

If you are unable to work during the week, consider being a Saturday volunteer on the first Saturday of the month. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact your church representative, or email us.

Additional Hours! CEO is open from 10-12 the first Saturday of each month. This will enable us to better assist clients whose employment makes it difficult for them to be at our office during the week.     

 

Kid Power

It is only with the support of its member churches and the NWA community that CEO is able to do what it does for those of our neighbors needing help. Last year we provided food for 10,302 individuals, and over $150,000 was spent in assistance for rent, utilities, and transportation. It is gratifying that often much of that help comes from some of the junior members of our community.

Pictured below are (left and center) members of Cub Scout Pack 40 who collected 250 pounds of food and $111 in donations at Harp's Grocery on Crossover Rd; (right) a group from Emmanual Lutheran Churchbagging chicken; (bottom row) two groups of students from St Joseph's School, who spent a morning bagging beans, rice, pet food, and stocking shelves.


Also, abig CEO hug to the anonymous individual who donated $1,000 of food during the St Joseph's spring food drive!

CEO has long enjoyed a mutual relationship with the Atticthrift store. Pictured right, CEO board president Joe Dushan is presented with a $5,000 donation from Attic representative Faye Alter.  Thanks so much to the Attic board and to all of the volunteers who work there.

CEO would also like to thank the National Association of Letter Carriers postal workers at the Joyce St, Fayetteville post office, who collected 2,100 pounds of food for CEO during their Mother's Day Stamp Out Hunger campaign, and the local event organizer, Lacie Bowlin. We appreciate them taking time during their deliveries to collect this food.

And Between the Juniors and the Seniors...

We love the youngsters who work at CEO, and we know that many of our volunteers are retired, and are able to work during the day when we are open, but those often called Millennials should not be forgotten. This past spring 4 students from the University of Arkansas received class credit for volunteering at CEO, shadowing interviewers and working in the food room. We believe that they valued the real world experience as much as the class credit, and CEO was glad for this collaboration between the community and the University.

Another group of young people were the Americorps volunteers, pictured at left, who worked both inside and outside, bagging food, cleaning and weeding the flower beds, and generally providing assistance as needed. These young adults who came from all over the country worked at a variety of organizations in Northwest Arkansas, and we are grateful that CEO was one of the recipients of their services.

Three ways you can help today

1  Use the Donate button to make a one time gift.  After you enter your card information you will have an opportunity to "add additional instructions" if this is a gift in honor or memory of someone.

2   Use the Subscribe button to set up a monthly donation of $10, $15, or $20. 

You do not need a Paypal account to donate securely using your credit or debit card. Your donation will appear on your bill as Paypal*Cooperative.   Contributions to CEO are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. You may also donate by mailing a check to: PO Box 3631    Fayetteville AR 72702   Contact us if you would like to make a donation of securities.


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CEO will be closed on days the Fayetteville schools are closed due to inclement weather. 
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 Did you know?  In 2017 ....

  • CEO provided food to 10,302 clients.  The biggest month was January when we helped feed 1140 people.
  • Rental assistance was almost $38,000.
  • Utility assistance was over $75,000.
  • $22,500 was used to assist clients for rent.
  • $22,000 was used to assist clients with gasoline.
  • $14,000 was used for vouchers to area thrift stores, primarily for clothing.
  • At least 300 people view this CEO web site each month.
  • Over 100 volunteers provided 6898 hours of service.  There are no paid staff members.



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