Your Donation + Your Purchase = Food For Our Hungry Neighbors
While many nonprofit organizations put their fundraising efforts into galas, golf tournaments, and/or government grants that require a mountain of paperwork, SCC decided 13 years ago to go a different fundraising route.
Wanting to open another feeding center and food pantry in Springdale led the SCC leadership team and board to wonder how they could afford to pay for it, and someone said “Why don’t we open a thrift store?” And the rest is history! SCC now operates two nonprofit resale stores, called Samaritan Shops, that are open to the public and sell gently used clothing, household items and furniture. Today, 33% of our organizational funding comes directly from store sales.
In addition, the shops also help those in need by redeeming vouchers for free clothes that SCC gives out through our Market food pantries, staff social workers and various other nonprofit area partner agencies. Last year both Samaritan Shops gave away a combined total of over $488,000 in merchandise to Northwest Arkansas neighbors in need.
With a heart and vision to expand our outreach to Washington County we opened our first resale shop in Springdale in March 2003. Within the first year of operation, funds generated from the Samaritan Shop provided our organization the ability to open the Springdale Samaritan Community Center just a few doors down from the shop, and begin serving the community with hot meals and assistance. Thirteen years later the Springdale Samaritan Shop has grown into a thriving member of the Springdale thrift store community. Last year sales from the Springdale Samaritan Shop provided over 46,000 FREE meals in the Springdale Samaritan Cafe, and provided food to more than 5,400 families through our Market food pantry.
In June 2015 the Springdale Samaritan Shop moved to a new, more accessible and visible location on West Sunset in Springdale. The new store offers Drive-Thru Donation Drop Off and plenty of parking right at the store entrance!
More than a place to buy gently used clothing, furniture and household items, the Springdale Samaritan Shop is a place for volunteers to come together, have a good time and raise money to support the mission and work of SCC.
Open to the public, donations are gladly accepted and may be dropped off at the hours listed above. If you live in Washington county and have a large donation of working appliances or furniture, please call the Springdale store for pick-up. When picking up furniture, we also pick-up household items, clothing and all gently used and quality donations you may have at the time. To schedule a pickup from the Springdale shop, call 479.751.3440.
… Rogers Has Moved!
On August 19, 2010 SCC opened its second Samaritan Shop – a 25,000 square foot Samaritan Shop in Frisco Station Mall, and on April 8, 2017 we moved into a brand new location at 2115 West Walnut – a beautiful new store that had hundreds of people show up for opening day.
So if you live in Benton County consider donating your stuff to the Samaritan Shop and remember … the stuff you donate and/or buy at the Samaritan Shop today will help feed the hurting and hungry of NWA tomorrow! In fact, sales from the Rogers Samaritan Shop last year provided over 50,400 FREE meals in the Rogers Cafe, and provided food to more than 5,400 families through our Market food pantry.
Open to the public, donations are gladly accepted and may be dropped off at the hours listed above. If you live in Benton county and have a large donation of working appliances or furniture, please call the Rogers store for pick-up. When picking up furniture, we also pick-up household items, clothing and all gently used and quality donations you may have at the time. To schedule a pickup from the Rogers shop, call 479.246.1060.