Working To Make The Difference

Working To Make The Difference

The City of North Little Rock has a strong group of neighborhood organizations. Through their dedication and hard work they are making the difference in our city.

Amboy Neighborhood Association through the course of the year, purchased for the Youth Challenge cadets personal supplies including body wash, foot powder, and toothpaste (large quantities) for total expenditures of $1,850. The Youth Challenge cadets were included in two of our events (feeding 120 kids is expensive!).

Project Angel Tree is an endeavor started about three years ago.  It has a two-fold purpose.  First is to identify families in need in the community who without some help would have no Christmas.  This accomplishment is done with the help of the board of directors and local ministers selecting families.  Secondly, the association gives 1) direct support to the local Amboy Food Pantry and 2) Kroger gift cards to food pantry recipients (randomly selected) to help supplement their holiday food supplies. 

This year, a Pack-Shack Funnel Party event was held that supplied the Food Pantry with over 5,000 meals.  Most of the funding ($1,250) was from grant funds, but $350 came from Amboy and neighboring communities’ donations and help at the party.  In December, approximately $1,500 was spent on selected families in need and Kroger gift cards.

Over 40 flags were posted on Military Drive for 12 different ‘holidays’.  These ‘events’ are attended not only by the membership, but by other folks in the area wanting to participate in these patriotic activities.  Along this same drive and at the ‘Welcome Wall’, many plants and planters along with the Tommy Warren Memorial are maintained. The brass plaque on the monument was upgraded this year.

National Night Out (though it was a wet one) was well attended and with grant funds, we managed to provide a totally FREE event for our Amboy neighbors – including the Youth Challenge Cadets!

Supporting the local Amboy Elementary School is also very important to the neighborhood.  In coordination with the Amboy PTA, over $300 was purchased and contributed for much-needed teachers’ supplies.

Additionally, a ‘welcome back’ teachers breakfast (August) for all teachers and staff was provided.

Participation in the Great NLR City Clean-up and Christmas caroling at the VA Hospital at Ft. Roots. Events were held (during regular scheduled monthly meetings) that recognized local businesses, law enforcement, firemen, and EMT personnel.  Each meeting a forum was provided for attendees to interact with the NLR City council members, NLR Police, State Representative, and other public entities.

Flag details (groups of folks holding flags) were organized to ‘Welcome Home’ returning Arkansas National Guard members who were returning from deployment. 


Dixie Addition CDC stayed busy in 2017. They held a regular community meeting on the 3rd Monday of each month at 6:00 pm. Club Eco (Enhancing Children’s Opportunities) sponsored a summer/after school feeding program to the area children. They had 35 children participating and the number continues to grow. This year’s National Night Out was a success in spite of the wet weather. At the end of October a Fall Fest Halloween event was held. Cynthia White with Centennial Bank assisted with the community Christmas Angel Tree program. This neighborhood is looking forward to 2018. The list of goals include increasing voter registration, completing the requirements for a community garden; continue meeting monthly; establishing computer office training; monthly Med-Clinic; summer school program; after school program; back-to-school supply give-away; National Night out and the Christmas Angel tree.

Sherman Park Neighborhood Association held a fund raiser and gave away one $100 gasoline gift card. They partnered with Shorter College to host a “Stop The Violence Peace Party”. Eighth Street Baptist Church has worked along with this neighborhood to hold a Fall Health Fair, Halloween Trunk-or-Treat event and the neighborhood donated $100 worth of school supplies to the church. As of publication time the neighborhood is planning on participating in the NLR Christmas parade and to host a Christmas party for the Sherman Park community children under the age of 12. This event will include a photo shoot with Santa, games, food, gifts and prizes.  

Rose City Neighborhood Association sponsored Rose City Day in April. This event has been held annually since 2015. The association decorated the Rose City Police Substation grounds for Christmas. Rose City Neighborhood Association members are looking forward to Rose City Day and National Night Out in 2018.

Posted on 02/27/2018