BAY, AR (KAIT) - A small Region 8 city received a statewide award honoring them for community service.
The city of Bay was honored by the Arkansas Municipal League and the Department of Human Services Division of Community Service and Nonprofit Support for its volunteer work. Bay is a 2014 Volunteer Community of the Year.
The community logged 13,000 volunteer hours participating in a number of programs. Mayor Darrell Kirby said they have many programs including an after school program, city clean up, community library, and a veterans memorial park.
He said a small community doesn't have the resources a larger city does. That is why Kirby believes volunteering is vital to Bay's success.
"Volunteer for a small communities is very important," Kirby said. "It brings the community together. It shows that people take pride in their city and what they want their city to be and how they want their city to operate."
Bay is one of the smallest cities to receive the award. Other recipients include Bentonville, Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Mountain Home, and Warren, Arkansas.
This is the second time Bay has received this recognition. They were awarded The Volunteer Community of the Year in 2008.