The mission of The Jones Center (The Center) is "We bring people together by serving families, strengthening communities, and serving God, making it a better place to live." The Jones Centerís purpose is to provide crucial recreational, youth, educational, and cultural services and programming for people of all ages, races and socio-economic status. The Jones Center facilitates programs that address key quality of life issues throughout Northwest Arkansas (NWA) and serves as a regional facilitator of critical discussion and action involving community issues. Through the Centerís strategic priorities, we strive to be a catalyst of social awareness and change. Our vision is ďAn inspiring place for all to learn, play and belongĒ.
Impact Summary from the Nonprofit A Social Impact Assessment, compiled in 2008 by Dr. Kevin M. Fitzpatrick of the University of Arkansas Department of Sociology, credits the Center's work as, "...invaluable to the local community and the residents it serves." The assessment reported that the Center hosts more than 4,000 people a day, an average of 140,000 per month, and as many as 1.5 million a year. Additionally, the study found that 60% of the Center's guests are Caucasian, 19% are Hispanic, 7% are African American, and 6% are Marshallese. By 2015, it is estimated that Northwest Arkansas will have highest poverty rates in the state of Arkansas. Since the Jones Center is uniquely positioned to facilitate constructive and meaningful improvements to the region's social and human capital and overall community health, one of our long-term goals is to continue to foster a climate of community cooperation and cultural integration. An Economic Impact study, conducted in 2008 by the 'Center for Business and Economic Research at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas', authored in conjunction with the University of Arkansas, states, "The Center has been directly credited for significant reductions in juvenile crime rates, promoting regional economic development and supporting the missions of more than 40 other charities in NWA. The Jones Center is frequently used by regional and global employers based in NWA as a recruiting tool to attract a highly educated and skilled workforce." In addition, "...for every dollar invested in the Jones Center, a market value of $3.43 is created."
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