In 2017, wives have donated over 700 hours to Wives of Armor. Because of our wives, Wives of Armor has been able to donate $12,000 to the wives of fallen law enforcement officers, $3,040 to charitable events, and 65 pairs of shoes to kids in need.
Making a Difference
Wives of Armor was founded in Russellville, Arkansas and is a faith-based nonprofit organization comprised of wives who are married to law enforcement officers who have the power to arrest. Our first year is coming to an end, and we have grown from just a few wives to over 200 wives. We are super excited that we also have several chapters in the beginning stages across the state.
Wives of Armor currently has 14 Programs that we focus on statewide.
1) Hospitality Rooms following Officer Funerals
2) Scholarships to Children of Fallen Officers
3) Donations to Fallen Officer Families
4) Law Enforcement Appreciation Day Event
5) Wives Retreat
7) Academy Care Packages for Wives
8) Welcome Packets for New Wives
9) Police Memorial Week - Snacks
10) Police Memorial Week - Trip to D.C.
11) Family Day
12) Officer Outreach
13) Organization Development & Awareness
14) Charitable Causes Support
We have been busy and it shows! We have poured $38,610.63 into these programs in the first year of WOA! Wives have donated over 700 hours to this organization already and WOA has donated $3,040 to other charitable 501C-3 nonprofit organizations that are in line with the mission and vision of WOA. Our Officer Outreach program began with us providng snacks to around 275 officers every other month. That number has grown to almost 500 officers!
WOA has managed a total of $52,292.91 this year and is happy to report that we have kept our operational expenses at barely 3%. We are so blessed to have been entrusted with these funds and are proud to say that we held true to our values of fiscal responsibility and we were able to impart into causes that we know follow the vision of our organization.
Wives of Armor is making a difference and is growing daily. We look forward to the day when all wives will have a chapter in their area where they can work with WOA on a local level, yet still make a difference statewide. The state board is helping new chapters get up and running, so if you know of a group of wives who would like information on how to get started, just let us know.
Check us out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wivesofarmor/.
Officer Hospitality Room
We are committed to providing a hospitality room following Arkansas law enforcement funerals. The 800+ officers who travel from all over the country to attend another officer's funeral deserve a place to connect with each other and simply decompress. As spouses of these officers, we understand the BROTHERHOOD. We are humbled at the opportunity and the responsibility of providing this service. Our goal is to also provide a meal and/or refreshments at the hospitality room. Donations to help us provide a hospitality room are greatly appreciated and can be done with the donation link under our STORE tab above.
Honoring the Families of Our Fallen Officers
We are heart broken by the loss of our fallen officers, and it is our desire to design a very special tshirt to benefit the family of every fallen Arkansas officer, with the proceeds of the shirts going to the officer's family. These shirts can be found under our STORE tab above.
Lt. Kevin Mainhart, Yell County Sheriff's Office E.O.W. 5-11-17
Lt. Patrick Weatherford, Newport Police Department E.O.W. 6-12-17
We raffled a 10ft/sit-in Kayak to help raise money for the Superhero 5K this year. The Superhero 5K started in 2013 to honor little Carter Nuckols who passed away on September 29, 2013 at the age of five due to cancer. Carter was the son of Michael Nuckols who is an officer with the Russellville Police Department. The Superhero 5K is near and dear to our law enforcement families, and we, Wives of Armor, consider it a privilege for Wives of Armor to be able to not only be a sponsor of the Superhero 5K, but to also, help raise money for the 15yr old who was the beneficiary of the event this year.
Shoes for Kids
We sponsored a Shoe Drive to provide tennis shoes to kids in need at a Pope County & a Yell County elementary school.
Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
January 9, 2017 was the 3rd annual LEAD event honoring law enforcement in Arkansas. Guest speaker was Mary Carmikle, survivor of Sgt. Monty Carmikle, AGFC. The 4th Annual is scheduled for Saturday, January 6, 2018 in Russellville, AR. Officers from all departments and agencies across the state are welcome to attend. There are door prizes for every officer in attendance. More details will be published as the event gets closer.