Give online through ArkansasGives.org today to help Opportunities, Inc.

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Opportunities, Inc. will earn bonus dollars and have a chance to earn prizes for every gift given online through ArkansasGives.org from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.

“For this one day, people from all walks of life have the chance to be heroes to children and adults with disabilities,” said Executive Director Melanie Gloster. “By participating in ArkansasGives, and by going online to make a donation of any size, you ensure that the people served by Opportunities have the chance to live as independently as possible.”

Last year, ArkansasGives raised $2 million online in one day for more than 350 nonprofits statewide. This year’s goal is $4 million. Arkansas Community Foundation has set up a $400,000 bonus pool to be divided among the charities participating statewide. In addition, Opportunities will compete for additional cash prizes from First Security Bank that will be awarded to the organizations that raise the most individual donations and most total dollars.

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The public will be able to give online from smartphones, tablets or personal computers by going to ArkansasGives.org, choosing Opportunities and making a credit card donation.

“When you give, we get to see great things happen to children and adults in this community. When you give, we are able to give back,” said Gloster.

Opportunities is in its 50th year of providing services for children and adults with developmental disabilities and the elderly. Opportunities provides developmental therapies, nutritious meals, transportation, work and living skills training, nursing care, and residential services all at little to no cost to clients and their families.

ArkansasGives is presented by Arkansas Community Foundation in partnership with Arkansas Nonprofit Alliance and AT&T Arkansas. Media partners include THV 11 in Little Rock, KAIT in Jonesboro, KFSM TV 5 in Fort-Smith-Fayetteville, iHeart Media, the Arkansas Press Association, the Arkansas Broadcast Association and Soiree Magazine.

Arkansas Community Foundation offers tools to help Arkansans protect, grow and direct their charitable dollars as they learn more about community needs. By making grants and sharing knowledge, the Community Foundation supports charitable programs that work for Arkansas and partners to create new initiatives that address the gaps. Since 1976, the Community Foundation has provided more than $132 million in grants and partnered with thousands of Arkansans to help them improve our neighborhoods, our towns and our entire state. Contributions to the Community Foundation, its funds and any of its 27 affiliates are fully tax deductible.

The cornerstone of Opportunities is the belief that each person is born with abilities. From the child who takes her first steps to the adult who earns his first paycheck, Opportunities’ focus is on helping individuals attain a full life in the community. For more information, visit www.oppinc.org.

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