Jasmine is the merchant for Kids Crafts, Jewelry Making and Fashion Art. She has been working at the Home Office in Bentonville, Arkansas, for eight years and volunteers at Havenwood, a Bentonville nonprofit that helps women move from crisis to self-sufficiency.
“It's women coming from either being recently incarcerated, overcoming drug addiction or alcoholism, or coming out of abusive situations,” Jasmine explains.
Havenwood has on-site apartments for single women and for women who are parenting. “They go through a two-year program where they pay a very small amount for rent. We teach them life skills, just to make sure they're getting acclimated back into everyday life, and establishing those disciplines to make them successful.”
Serving Women in Her Community
She first heard about Havenwood four years ago. Today, Jasmine volunteers on Tuesdays, providing childcare while mothers take classes on topics such as parenting or financial literacy. Two years ago, she took a position on Havenwood’s board to help with fundraising, events and community engagement.
Jasmine says Walmart has been supportive of her efforts at Havenwood, including through the Volunteerism Always Pays (VAP) program. Under program guidelines, Walmart donates $250 for every 25 hours that an associate volunteers. So, in addition to the tens of thousands Jasmine has helped raise for Havenwood by organizing fundraisers, she has also brought in about $2,000 in Walmart donations just by volunteering her time there.