Bullock Temple CME Church, located at 1513 South Park, in Little Rock, will be holding a voter registration drive on Saturday, June 23rd, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. On the registration form, you must provide an Arkansas driver's license number OR the last four digits of your Social Security Number. To avoid having to vote a provisional ballot the first time you vote, you must submit a current and valid photo identification (such as driver's license, government I.D., passport), OR A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, or paycheck that shows your name and address, OR another government document that shows your name and address.
Arkansas was the first state in the nation to implement an automated information and notification system (VINE) that includes data from all county jails, all prosecuting attorneys, and the state prison system.
The Arkansas VINE system consists of a network of computers placed in each county jail, prosecuting attorney's office, the Department of Correction, the Attorney General's Office, and the Parole Board . The system captures information on an offender's custody status. The system also provides court event information on criminal cases handled by Prosecuting Attorneys.
In May, 2004, Arkansas implemented an additional method of accessing offender information and registering against those offenders found in VINE. This new method, known as VINELink, is the web-based version of VINE and allows crime victims and concerned citizens to search a website for offender information.
Individuals are now able to search for offenders in custody in their community, and in 38 other participating states throughout the country, through www.vinelink.com. The state in which an individual wishes to search for an offender would then be selected. If Arkansas is selected, the opportunity is given to search for that offender throughout the entire state, in the Department of Correction, or in county jails by filling in the first and last name of the offender. If the offender is located, more detail about his/her location and biographical information will be presented. It is also an option at this point to register for notification by telephone or e-mail and for the message to be delivered in Spanish or English. Once you have registered for notification, an email or telephone call will be immediately sent about any custody and/or court events that occur with the offender.
Individuals can still register with the VINE system by using a touch-tone telephone and calling 1-800-510-0415 or by contacting the Arkansas Crime Information Center.
For information about the Arkansas VINE system, including brochures and posters, or to schedule public awareness trainings, please call ACIC at (501) 682-2222.
Summer Food Service Program
"Feeding Children & Touching Hearts" for the Jacksonville Area. Free Meals to children 18 and Under through August 10
Monday - Friday
Closed 4th of July
Galloway Park 11:30 - 12noon (Lunch)
For more information please contact Pastorbkbaker@aol.com
The Victory Praise & Worship Church is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided at the JACKSONVILLE sites.
JACKSONVILLE SUMMER MEALS AGES 18 & UNDER
Arkansas Foodbank Announces Summer Feeding Sites
The Arkansas Foodbank, the largest food bank in Arkansas, will participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program this summer by sponsoring five Summer Feeding sites.
Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided at these sites:
James Penick Boys & Girls Club, 1201 Leisure Place, Little Rock, AR 72204
Billy Mitchell Boys & Girls Club, 3107 West Capitol Ave., Little Rock, AR 72205
Thrasher Boys & Girls Club, 3301 South State Street, Little Rock, AR 72206
Dalton-Whetstone Boys & Girls Club, 46 Harrow Drive, Little Rock, AR 72209
Saline Country Boys & Girls Club, 105 Coy Street, Benton, AR 72105
The sites will serve two meals per day (breakfast and lunch) from June 11-August 17. Breakfast will be served from 8:30-10:00am and lunch will be served from noon-1:30pm, Monday -Friday. All meals will be provided at no cost.
All of the locations will be open sites, which means that children not enrolled in the Boys and Girls Club may eat breakfast and lunch at the sites without having to be enrolled at the club. Children should not be dropped off at the sites if they are not members. If parents would like for their children to become members and participate in activities at the Boys and Girls Clubs, they must request an enrollment application and pay any enrollment fees.
The program is designed to replace free- and reduced-price lunches that the children would normally get at school after school has dismissed for the summer.
To file a complaint or discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC, 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
About the Arkansas Foodbank
The Arkansas Foodbank, the largest food bank in Arkansas, is a member of Feeding America and the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance. Its warehouses in Little Rock, Warren, Ark., and Caddo Valley, Ark., serve approximately 300 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other agencies that provide aid directly to hungry Arkansans. For information on how you can help fight hunger, visit arkansasfoodbank.org
Bethel AME Church LR is pleased to invite you and your children to join us for our Equipped and Empowered Summer Enrichment Program. Academic Boosts, Field Trips, Spiritual Enrichment all in a loving environment. Our focus is on leadership and the fruits of the spirits. $250 for the summer, daily, weekly, monthly rates do apply. For more information call Rachel Luckett at 501-308-9096 or the church office at 501-374-2891.
Did you know that there are medical grants available for families struggling with child health-related expenses? The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2012 grant program. Grants, up to $5,000, are available to help families who need financial assistance to pay for their child’s health care services, treatments or equipment not covered, or not fully covered, by their commercial health insurance plan. They include medical services and equipment such as physical and occupational therapy, prescriptions, wheelchairs, orthotics, eyeglasses and hearing aids. Parents and legal guardians may apply for grants of up to $5,000 today. For eligibility guidelines or to apply go online to www.uhccf.org, that’s www.uhccf.org. To be eligible for grants, children must be 16 years of age or younger. Families must meet economic guidelines, reside in the United States and have a commercial health insurance plan. This has been a public service message from the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation.
FREE services to income eligible families
Are your energy bills high? Community Action Program for Central Arkansas (CAPCA) is now accepting applications for the Weatherization Assistance program in Cleburne, Faulkner and White Counties. For additional information and to obtain an application please contact the Housing office at 501-329-3891.
June 27, 2012:
The Department of Community Correction and Life After Prison Ministries have partnered with the Arkansas Workforce Center at Lonoke to host a Re-Entry Job and Resource Fair. This event will target individuals who have been convicted of a felony and their support system. Over 20 Vendors will be present to help meet the needs of these individuals including, Employers, Training Providers, Apprenticeship Programs, along with other service providers. This event will be held on June 27, 2012 at: Lonoke Community Center 1355 West Front Street, Lonoke, AR - 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM. There is no cost to attend. For more information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sisters United Action Group
Organizes to Reduce Infant Mortality
Recent research from the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) shows that a baby dies before its first birthday almost every day in Arkansas—a rate of infant mortality well above the national average. This problem hits African American communities harder than other populations, but a group of sorority sisters is planning to do something about it.
Presidents of local chapters of African American sororities from across the state are being mobilized at the ADH under the name “Sisters United” to make a difference in the rate of infant mortality. Meeting with health officials from ADH, an action group has been charged with finding volunteers from Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Zeta Phi Beta and Sigma Gamma Rho who can commit to an outreach effort to reduce infant mortality in the African American community. The program will begin training sorority sisters in the fall so they can become an effective and trusted source of accurate health information for their friends and others living in areas where infant mortality is high. There are nearly 1,000 members of these sororities statewide.
According to Michelle R. Smith, PhD, Director of the Office of Minority Health& Health Disparities at ADH, this program will rely on sorority sisters because they are well-respected members of their communities.
“We tend to trust people we know in our communities,” Smith said.
“When the Sisters United members go out to talk to young women in their communities, our message will spread.”
The message is that there is something that can be done to prevent these deaths. Ways to prevent infant deaths include ensuring pregnant women and new mothers:
· Get proper nutrition
· Stop smoking
· Get annual flu shots
· Follow Safe Sleep practices for infants
One of the major contributors to infant mortality is prematurity. According to David Grimes, MD, Branch Chief for Family Health at the ADH, the infant mortality rates have been coming down over the last several years, but the rates for premature babies have not.
“Overall, infant health is better, but we still have too many premature babies,” Grimes said. “There are some things that we can teach young women that will bring those rates down. That’s where the Sisters United group can help.”
For more information on the program, contact Dr. Michelle Smith at email@example.com or by phone at (501) 280-4192.