Heber Springs has been awarded a Volunteer Community of the Year recognition once again.
Heber Springs has been awarded a Volunteer Community of the Year recognition once again. Heber has received the recognition numerous times over the past decade.
According to the Arkansas Department of Human Service, the Volunteer Community of the Year Awards “are designed to offer thanks and a reward to the communities as a whole (rather than individuals within the communities) for their volunteer effort in serving their neighbors.
“It is so important that we acknowledge our volunteer base,” said Heber Springs Mayor Jackie McPherson. “We are fortunate to have the quantity and quality of volunteers that we have here in Heber Springs.”
The awards are co-sponsored by the Arkansas Municipal League, the Office of the Governor, and the DHS Division of Community Service and Nonprofit Support. According to DHS, a committee “made up of individuals from around the state who are active in volunteerism” looks at all the nomination and awards the top twelve cities that ranked the highest. Heber Springs, as it has many times in the past, shone in those rankings.
Volunteer driven efforts, such as Breakin’ Bread and Cleburne County Cares, along with many, many others have made this area one of the most charitable and giving in the state. “We are blessed to live in an area with such great volunteers,” said McPherson. “It’s something we’re very proud of.”