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Fitness Classes Bring Lasting Change

When Carrie showed up for her first CareLink Fitness & Wellness class, she was looking for a change. “I was having some weight issues and some blood pressure issues. I decided, since those issues ran in my family, I really needed to take control of it. I have access to this great facility so I am taking full advantage of it.” "I’ve lost 45 pounds and it has given me more energy.” Health and weight loss are not the only changes CareLink’s fitness classes... Read More
Posted by Michelle Gilbert at Monday, April 3, 2017 | 0 comments

A Meals on Wheels Miracle

Meals are often more than just a lunch. Carl and Suzie moved from Illinois to enjoy their retirement. A former photographer, Suzie had spent time in Arkansas while traveling for her job. She loved the area - especially the capitol city of Little Rock. After much contemplation, the couple sold their property and headed to the natural state. Suzie and Carl were now far from their families and children but remained confident in their decision as they settled in to their new home.  However,... Read More
Posted by Michelle Gilbert at Friday, July 22, 2016 | 0 comments

Highlighting the Heart of Meals on Wheels

CareLink volunteers and board members enjoyed an evening celebrating Meals on Wheels at last month's Tales from the Route. The evening highlighted the heart of Meals on Wheels with selected stories straight from our very own volunteers. Four speakers shared their experiences from the route in a series of tales that were both heart-warming and humorous. From encounters with a clown-collecting carny to the chronicles of a unique friendship between one volunteer and her client, the... Read More
Posted by Michelle Gilbert at Thursday, June 16, 2016 | 0 comments

Long-Time Employee Retires After 38 Years

A beloved staff member, Debbie Gillespie retired last month after almost 38 years of service at CareLink. In her time with the organization, Debbie served as a Care Coordinator, Care Coordinator Manager and, finally, as Outreach Manager. She reflects on her time with us at CareLink and what has kept her motivated all these years.    “It has been a privilege and an honor to be a part of CareLink’s mission,” Debbie began. “I have always loved older people and have a passion for... Read More
Posted by Michelle Gilbert at Wednesday, May 4, 2016 | 0 comments

Grow the Love with ArkansasGives

Arkansans have a heart for giving! Join others across the state on April 7 for ArkansasGives Day. This 12-hour online giving event is all about helping nonprofits grow stronger by encouraging our entire state to donate on a single day. Last year, ArkansasGives raised almost $2 million from public donors. Overall, $2.33 million was distributed to nonprofits across the state, including prizes and bonus dollars.   As a special incentive to give, each gift made through... Read More
Posted by Michelle Gilbert at Tuesday, March 15, 2016 | 0 comments

A Sweet Success!

We are so happy to announce that CareLink’s 1st annual Cupcakes for Goodness Sake fundraiser was quite the success! Through this new event, CareLink raised $61,650 for the Meals on Wheels program -  $44,000 in sponsorships, donations, and ticket, auction and raffle sales, as well as $18,000 from in-kind contributions. Nearly 300 attendees were brought face-to-face with the CareLink message right in our own Meals on Wheels kitchen. Several media outlets took an interest in the event,... Read More
Posted by Michelle Gilbert at Thursday, November 5, 2015 | 0 comments

Ultra Marathon Runners Defy Aging by Staying Active

Staying fit and active is an important part of aging! We love to hear inspiring stories from those who stay moving CareLink recently had the opportunity to chat with two amazing athletes and ultra-marathon runners, Lou Peyton and Pete Ireland. The two have been running for nearly half a century and have much to say about the sport. Take a look at these inspiring interviews and the runners’ advice for other seniors who want to stay active and healthy. Q. How long have you been a... Read More
Posted by Michelle Gilbert at Wednesday, October 28, 2015 | 0 comments

Gluten-Free Specialty Baker to Participate in Cupcakes For Goodness Sake

As part of our baker bio series, CareLink is excited to introduce Dempsey Bakery as a participant in the upcoming Cupcakes for Goodness Sake competition.Established in 2011, Dempsey Bakery is not the average bake shop. All of the products served in this adorable, 1950's-themed establishment are 100% gluten, wheat, soy and nut free! Many options are also egg, dairy and sugar free.After coping with food allergies, gluten intolerance and special dietary needs in her family, owner and founder,... Read More
Posted by Michelle Gilbert at Thursday, August 20, 2015

Sweet Love and Meals on Wheels Serve Up Something Sweet

For Kelli Marks, owner of Sweet Love, baking is a beloved hobby turned business. Kelli's passion for things sweet began when she took on the challenge of creating a special cake for her grandparents' 50th wedding anniversary. For months, she experimented with recipes and decorating techniques and, when she saw the final product, she was in awe. From that point forward, she was hooked! She continued to try new things, practicing by baking cakes for her nephews' birthdays. Several years later,... Read More
Posted by Michelle Gilbert at Friday, July 17, 2015 | 0 comments

Cupcakes on Kavanaugh's Christy Milligan to Participate in New Fundraising Event

As you know, CareLink will be hosting a new special event, "Cupcakes for Goodness Sake" in the fall. Local professional bakers and cupcake shops will be challenged to present all-sweet, cupcake versions of Meals on Wheels. We promised more information about the event and would like to start by introducing each of our four participating bakers. First up: Christy Milligan, owner of Cupcakes on Kavanaugh, Arkansas' first cupcake bakery. With a background in food and nutrition, a cupcake shop isn't... Read More
Posted by Michelle Gilbert at Wednesday, June 17, 2015 | 0 comments