Walmart presented a $7,500 grant check to an area non-profit that is being used for computers for kids.
Boys and Girls Club of the Alma Area received a $7,500 Walmart Foundation Arkansas State Giving grant that club director Elaina Damante said was used to pay for new computers for the club’s technology room.
Damante was presented with a ceremonial grant check Wednesday as part of Walmart’s Day of Giving event held at Walmart Supercenter at 2425 South Zero Street in Fort Smith on Wednesday.
Alma’s club was one of three area non-profits chose to receive a foundation grant for the Day of Giving. River Valley Regional Food Bank received $38,000 and Children’s Emergency Center received $27,200.
“They had actually come for a tour and saw that our computers were 11 years old - they were all on Windows XP, and only four worked,” Damante said.
Damante said the club also received a $4,000 grant from Western Arkansas Planning and Development District, facilitated by State Rep. Charlotte Douglas.
Money from the grants was used to purchase 21 new computers and printers and upgrade computer wiring, which will help students who attend the club keep up with school work and important educational programs, Damante said.
“Many of our students do not have access to computers at home, so they come to the club and we work with them on their school work,” Damante said. “It also gives them access to a lot of STEM programs. We feel this is the direction education is going and now we can participate in that.”
Walmart’s Day of Giving featured two events in Fort Smith and Little Rock awarding the fourth quarter grants of $1,051,900.
“We’re honored to play a part in providing services and food for communities in Arkansas who are consistently helped by these fine organizations,” said Walmart Public Affairs Director Michael Lindsey in a press release. “Each of these organizations demonstrate unwavering dedication to residents in their area and we look forward to seeing how they can assist Arkansas residents with a Walmart Foundation State Giving grant.”
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation look for organizations that address the needs of the communities they serve and make a significant social impact within Walmart’s core areas of giving: hunger relief and healthy eating, sustainability, women’s economic empowerment and career opportunity, according to the release.