Q&A with Jimmie Conduff with LifeSource for 1 Million Meals

Tuesday, April 25 at 06:15 AM
Category: Arvest Community News
We are thrilled to be partnering with LifeSource International* for our seventh annual 1 Million Meals initiative to raise one million meals for local hungry children, the elderly and others. LifeSource has been serving people throughout Northwest Arkansas for 15 years.

To learn more about the organization, we caught up with Jimmie Conduff, executive director of LifeSource, who is dedicated to strengthening the community by providing customized assistance to families in need.

What’s your involvement with LifeSource, and how did you get started?
In 2002, Ernie Conduff founded LifeSource International. Jimmie’s passion for helping others has been his foundation since the conception of LifeSource. He shares his passion for helping others and the community with his father who recently stepped down as executive director just over a year ago. As the new executive director, Jimmie manages the day-to-day operations and programs which include: a food and clothing pantry, senior lunches twice a month, monthly community outreach meal, free year-round program of quality care for children from kindergarten through high school, counseling and adult education classes.
What’s a compelling experience you’ve had during your time with LifeSource?
“I LOVE the work I do because compelling experiences are almost the norm. Seeing children who are struggling in school catch up with their peers and at times exceed them is enormously gratifying,” said Conduff. “I enjoy working with the many volunteers who come to help their neighbors in need.” 
Students from the University of Arkansas volunteer regularly to tutor students after school. People from all ages and backgrounds show up to stock the pantry, clean the kitchen, sort through donations and help with a myriad of other jobs. 

“They do whatever we ask, willingly and with great spirit and heart. I’ve been touched more than once to see a person who was a child in our Kid’s Life program show up as an adult, wanting to volunteer and give back. I have found that being able to give to others is indeed a gift to our own hearts and souls,” Conduff said in regard to his love and passion of helping others.

How can people get involved with the LifeSource?
LifeSource can always utilize volunteers if you have a passion for helping others and would like to get involved and give back to the community. Throughout the year LifeSource has fundraisers that offer unique opportunities to get involved that include Empty Bowls, Canned Food Camp Out and the annual LifeSource gala. Extra hands are always welcome to assist with tutoring, resume preparation, budgeting, serving lunches, sorting donations and helping during fundraising events. And of course, monetary donations are always welcome.

We’d love to have you involved in our 1 Million Meals initiative to help LifeSource International* and our other food partners.  

Four Easy Ways to Donate:
  • Donate via Phone – Customers can make a $1 (or more) donation by calling (866) 952-9523. Funds will be drawn directly from your Arvest account.
  • Donate via Mail – Mail a check to Arvest Bank Operations, ATTN: 1MM, P.O. Box 799, Lowell, AR 72745. Include 1 Million Meals in the memo line of the check.
  • Donate in a Branch – Stop by your local Arvest Bank branch. Cash and check contributions accepted.
  • Donate Arvest Flex Rewards™ – Customers can redeem points for a 1 Million Meals donation. Log in at arvestflexrewards.com, and click on the banner for 1 Million Meals to get started!
We’ll Donate $1 Each Time You:
  • Follow us on Instagram.
  • Like or share our 1 Million Meals Facebook posts.
  • Retweet our 1 Million Meals tweets on Twitter on April 21 and May 10.

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.    

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Charitable Giving, Community Support, Fayetteville
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