Something that I'd included in my business plan (in fact, every restaurant business plan I've written in the last ten years) is to donate 10% of net profit to local charities and organizations, and even possibly individuals in need, each month to give back. I still am wanting to go ahead with the Dean Fisher outreach program, which is still something that is more an idea than a solid plan; but at the coming event this Saturday night, we will be contributing 5% each to two organizations I feel are helping kids and making a difference.
First organization: Ouachita Children's Center. This was recommended by several people whom I know to be very involved and aware in the community, and this organization has been here in our city helping kids since 1976. They help with so much, including counseling for kids that have experienced trauma at such young ages, and I find that to be extremely important. From their About Page on Facebook, "Ouachita Children’s Center (OCC) is a nonprofit child advocacy organization that provides emergency shelter for children (ages 6-17) who are in crisis. We also offer quality services for youth and their families in Arkansas’s Garland and Clark counties. The short-term emergency shelter is located in Hot Springs and the Clark County Outreach Office is in Arkadelphia. Case management, therapeutic care, and educational classes - such as Life Skills, Anger Management, Open Minds (a youth oriented substance abuse support group), Boy’s Council/Wise Guys, Girl’s Circle/Sisters Saving Sisters, and Active Parenting – all serving to empower youth and families, enabling them to address problems and move toward lifelong success."
The second organization: Helping Hearts. This is a fairly new one, and I'm taking a chance on it because I'm learning to trust my gut instinct more. It is called Helping Hearts. Their mission is to establish long-term children's homes. Right now, they are raising funds to pay off an 11,000 sq. ft. home that will be used to house 20-30 children on 7 South Highway. This payment is where our donation will be disbursed.
I had originally posted up that I wanted to help organizations that help abused women, but of the local ones here, one shuttered its doors last year and the other converted to a rehab transitional, I was told. So, I went for these two organizations instead, and I am pleased with my decision. Children grow into people, so if we can help them to grow to be well-adjusted adults, then society is better as a whole.
So, if you'd like to have a great meal and would also like to know that a little kickback from your bill went to help children in our fair city, come on out to Whittington Place Saturday night, June 3. It will be a lovely time, and we hope to see you there!