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A sense of community obligations and cooperation radiates throughout the community. This is evident through the many nonprofit and/or charitable organizations, as well as by individuals and businesses ready and willing to assist these organizations and persons in need.

Because of all the community involvement, it is very difficult for the Benton Chamber of Commerce each year to select its Volunteer of the Year, Ambassador of the Year, Citizen of the Year and the newly established Visionary Award. Recognition is given to these community award winners at the First Thursday Award Luncheon in January.

The Churches Joint Council on Human Needs (CJOHN) as well as Vine and the Grape address the needs of individuals and families for requests ranging from food, clothing, toiletry articles, rent, utilities, lodging and gas.

Christian Community Care Center has been providing a variety of health care services to Saline County residents since 1999. This nonprofit is funded by the generosity of area churches, civic organizations, businesses, and individuals. Local doctors, dentists, chiropractors, nurses, pharmacists, lab and X-ray technicians, and volunteers from all walks of life have come together to form the Christian Community Care Clinic.

Habitat for Humanity is devoted to addressing the issues of poverty housing and its mission is to bring volunteers together to build homes. Our local Habitat began in 1999 and has built 64 homes in Saline County. Habitat’s Partnership Village, just south of downtown Benton, now has 37 homes.

Benton Civitan Services offers needed help to people of all ages with developmental disabilities. After years of steadily increasing enrollment numbers in both the Civitan Preschool and the Adult Services program, another center was completed in 2015.

Civic organizations such as Rotary, Lions, and Kiwanis are also devoted to bettering the community through varied projects. Local businesses also play a great part in the education of our youth and betterment of our community.

All ages are aware of needs in our community. The Benton Middle School Elf Club is dedicated to helping other children in our community by making money and purchasing gifts.

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