Special to the Camden News
Allison Lawson of Camden has been named executive director of Ouachita Valley Community Foundation, an affiliate of Arkansas Community Foundation that supports nonprofits serving Ouachita and Calhoun Counties through funding, networking and capacity building opportunities.
"During Allison's 14 years as a legal assistant and office manager, she gained valuable skills like workflow prioritization, project management and the ability to work with a broad range of people. These skills will serve her well as the new executive director for our Ouachita Valley affiliate," said Heather Larkin, President and CEO of Arkansas Community Foundation.
Lawson grew up in Camden and returned to the community with her own family in 2013. She has been office manager for Allen P. Roberts, P.A., where she previously served as a legal and administrative assistant.
She is a member of the Ouachita Valley Community Foundation Affiliate Board and is a member of the First United Methodist Church of Camden, where she served on the Board of Trustees and previously served on the Finance Committee. Lawson volunteers for Camden Fairview School District Parent Teacher Organizations and is the co-founder of Cards K=5 which works to increase communication and support for elementary parents, students and teachers in the district.
Camden, Ark. (July 21, 2021) – Nonprofits in Ouachita and Calhoun Counties can go to arcf.org/givingtree beginning July 10 to apply online for Giving Tree Grants through Ouachita Valley, an affiliate of Arkansas Community Foundation. Applications must be submitted online by August 15.
“Since our affiliate was formed in 1993, we’ve awarded grants for so many great projects to benefit Ouachita and Calhoun Counties,” said Allison Lawson, Executive Director. “It’s a pleasure to be able to strengthen this community by supporting important causes like education, health and community development.”
Grants typically range from $500 to $5,000. Requests for all types of grants will be considered, but the Community Foundation is especially interested in awarding grants that address poverty, health, and educational issues impacting Ouachita and Calhoun residents.
Nonprofits can visit arcf.org/givingtree to view Giving Tree grant submission guidelines and begin the application process.
Any IRS 501(c)(3) public charity, public school, government agency or hospital in Ouachita or Calhoun is eligible to apply. Other applicants may be considered if the project has a clear charitable purpose for the public benefit. Grants are not made to individuals. Applications will be reviewed by a grantmaking committee from Ouachita Valley Community Foundation.