Fayetteville was selected as an Arkansas Volunteer Community of the Year for the sixth straight year, according to a city news release.
The recognition is given each year by the governor’s office, the Arkansas Municipal League and the Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Community Service and Nonprofit Support.
In total, 12 communities were chosen for the award based on efforts by volunteers working in each community.
Fayetteville has been recognized as a volunteer community 10 times, including awards in 1986, 1990, 1991, 1992, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.
Division of Community Service and Nonprofit Support
Others receiving recognition are Bay, Benton, Bentonville, Blytheville, Booneville, Clarkridge, Fort Smith, Heber Springs, Maumelle, Mountain Home, and Warren.
The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department will place signs at prominent locations along highways outside of the winning cities.
In Fayetteville, officials reported that volunteers logged more than 685,000 hours of community service last year. Volunteer projects ranged from supporting the public library and working on the city’s parks and trails, to addressing the problem of food insecurity by working with food pantries and community gardens.
The award presentations will take place at the Arkansas Municipal League’s Winter Conference, set for Jan. 14-16 in Little Rock.