BENTONVILLE, Ark., Jan. 17, 2008 –Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. today presented a donation of $500,000 to the Adult Development Center of Benton County to help the center purchase land as part of a planned expansion to meet the growing demands for its services. Karen Parker, program manager for Wal-Mart Corporate Giving, presented a check to Executive Director Brenda Neal at an event at the center. The Adult Development Center, which provides job training and placement services to help disabled individuals be more independent and employable, has experienced an increase in the number of disabled clients it serves as well as the number of businesses employing those clients.
“Wal-Mart is proud to support the Adult Development Center and the work that they do to teach life and work skills for their clients,” said Parker. “We hope that today’s donation will enable the Center to get started on the much-needed expansion that will ultimately allow them to help more disabled individuals in Northwest Arkansas to obtain the critical skills needed to achieve full- or part-time employment. ”
Since 1975, the Adult Development Center has provided employment opportunities to local disabled clients such as light assembly, collation, product packaging and labeling services. Area businesses and industries have outsourced these types of services to the Adult Development Center, and the demand continues to increase each year.
“We are incredibly excited about the opportunities this gift will bring to ADC,” Neal said. “We have a proud history of 32 years of service to people with disabilities in Northwest Arkansas. We can now focus our effort toward providing a better training and work environment for the people we serve. ”
In 2006, Wal-Mart and its Foundation gave more than $270 million to 4,000-plus U.S. based communities, including donations of more than $37 million to organizations in the state of Arkansas. For the last two years, has been recognized by the Chronicle of Philanthropy as the largest corporate cash contributor in America.
About the Adult Development Center:
The Adult Development Center (ADC) is a job-training center that serves people ages 16 and older with disabilities in Northwest Arkansas. ADC provides employment skills training through relationships with local industry and offers job placement services when appropriate. The organization also offers instruction in daily living skills and opportunities for socialization. ADC delivers these services with patience and compassion, and honors the integrity and uniqueness of each person. ADC specializes in providing each person the opportunity to be a more productive member of society and to achieve his or her full potential. The ADC clients, staff, and board members—are committed to each other as friends and family. For more information, visit www.adultdevelopmentcenter.com.
About Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT)
Every week, millions of customers visit Wal-Mart Stores, Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets, and Sam’s Club locations across America or log on to its online store at www.walmart.com. The company and its Foundation are committed to a philosophy of giving back locally. Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) is proud to support the causes that are important to customers and associates right in their own neighborhoods, and last year gave more than $270 million to local communities in the United States. To learn more, visit www.walmartfacts.com, www.walmartstores.com, or www.walmartfoundation.org.