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St. Nicholas Partners is an annual Advent appeal to raise money for the ministries...

Make a Donation

Please contact Bridget Lewis at (501) 664-0340, ext. 379, to donate via credit card. To mail a donation, please make your check payable to Catholic Charities of Arkansas and mail to:

St. Nicholas Partners
Catholic Charities of Arkansas
P.O. Box 7239
Little Rock, AR 72217-7239

Arkansas Statistics

State Ranking: 46

Overall Poverty Rate: 18.9 percent

Deep Poverty Rate (income below half the poverty level): 7.6 percent

Child Poverty Rate (younger than 18): 26.4 percent

Senior Poverty Rate (65 and older): 10.6 percent

Poverty Rate for People with Disabilities: 24.4 percent

Poverty Rate for Phillips County: 39 percent

For more information, visit Poverty USA.

St. Nicholas Partners Appeal 2017

What is St. Nicholas Partners?

St. Nicholas Partners is an annual appeal to raise money for the following programs of Catholic Charities of Arkansas, all of which provide services to the most poor and vulnerable among us: Catholic Adoption Services; Immigration Services in Little Rock and Springdale; Prison Ministry; Refugee Resettlement; Westside Free Medical Clinic; Family Assistance; services to Victims of Domestic Violence; and Disaster Response. 

How is it different from other Catholic Charities fundraisers?

It’s different in two ways. First, “partners” (donors) may designate which Catholic Charities’ program(s) they want their contribution to support. There is also an option to give where the funds are most needed. 

Second, because the appeal occurs right before Christmas, a donation on behalf of a friend or family member makes a perfect gift. If making a donation in honor of a loved one, please mail your donation before Dec. 15. Just indicate on the remittance envelope who the gift is for, and we will send them an acknowledgment of your gift.

What makes St. Nicholas Partners special?

Each year, a new card depicting St. Nicholas is specially designed and created for the appeal. These beautiful cards are Catholic Charities’ Christmas greeting to you, and an invitation to become a partner by supporting the ministry of your choice. The artwork for this year's card was chosen from an art contest for students in grades 6-12 in Arkansas’ Catholic schools. The first-place winner was Anna Kate Lipin from Our Lady of the Holy Soul School in Little Rock. Her design (right) is on the cover of this year’s card. The second-place winner was Matthew Poland of St. Vincent de Paul School in Rogers. The third-place winner was William Stager from North Little Rock Catholic Academy.

Anything else I should know?

The number of people living in poverty in the United States was 46.7 million in 2014. That was 14.8 percent of the total population. Among those living in poverty are wage earners who have lost jobs, seniors who can’t affort medicine and families living on minimum wage. These are our friends and neighbors. Many who receive assistance from Catholic Charities of Arkansas find the holiday season particularly painful. Please help us continue to help them by supporting St. Nicholas Partners this year.

*Source: Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2012, US Census Bureau

How do I make a donation?

If you did not receive a St. Nicholas Partners card in the mail, we would be happy to mail one to you. Please contact Bridget Lewis at (501) 664-0340, ext. 379 to request a card or to donate via credit card.  To mail a donation, please make your check payable to Catholic Charities of Arkansas and mail to:

St. Nicholas Partners
Catholic Charities of Arkansas
P.O. Box 7239
Little Rock, AR 72217-7239

Recent Updates

St. Nicholas Partners is an annual Advent appeal to raise money for the ministries...

Make a Donation

Please contact Bridget Lewis at (501) 664-0340, ext. 379, to donate via credit card. To mail a donation, please make your check payable to Catholic Charities of Arkansas and mail to:

St. Nicholas Partners
Catholic Charities of Arkansas
P.O. Box 7239
Little Rock, AR 72217-7239

Arkansas Statistics

State Ranking: 46

Overall Poverty Rate: 18.9 percent

Deep Poverty Rate (income below half the poverty level): 7.6 percent

Child Poverty Rate (younger than 18): 26.4 percent

Senior Poverty Rate (65 and older): 10.6 percent

Poverty Rate for People with Disabilities: 24.4 percent

Poverty Rate for Phillips County: 39 percent

For more information, visit Poverty USA.