Our Mission Statement

The M&N Augustine Foundation for Human Development, Inc. is a client-centered, non-bureaucratic, result-oriented organization which exists to elevate downtrodden humanity through educational, financial, and social means.

This is just a fancy way of saying that we exist to help people and we are looking for like-minded individuals and organizations to join us in addressing hunger and poverty. We know it's impossible to eliminate hunger and poverty but we can make a difference for our neighbors, one life at a time. More importantly, you can make a difference and we can show you how.

 

Caring Kitchen

We feed veterans, elderly, homeless and the lonely every Tuesday during the Summer and Tuesdays and Thursdays during the winter. 

Annual easter Feed

With the help of our volunteers we feed over 6000 of our veteran, homeless, elderly and shut-in neighbors.

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International Festival

People from all over the world call Northwest Arkansas home. Our International Festival is a chance experience new flavors, cultures and celebrate the diversity of our community.

M&N Augustine Foundation Presents:

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
To benefit those less fortunate in our community

Saturday, November 19th, 2016
6:30 – 9:30 PM

Taste of French Creole Night & Foods from Around the World Including The Great American Cookout.

Adults: $20.00
Children, ages 5 to 12 $5.00
Under 5 Free

For More Information Contact:
Jeannie Baker 479-601-1306
Joe Augustine 479-236-3800
or Jack Otten 479-409-8203


DeBriyn Center, St. Joseph School
1722 Starr Road, Fayetteville AR

 

We Want To See You There

You're invited for an evening of international flavors and experiences at the 2016 M&N Augustine Foundation International Festival. Taste foods from all over the world and be entertained by performances from all over the world. Proceeds from the International Festival benefit those less fortunate here in our community. Come and have fun and make a real difference. Bring the whole family.

Thank you Arvest and everyone who gave to 1 Million Meals

Our friends at Arvest recently ran a campaign to address hunger in the communities they serve called 1 Million Meals. Each year, Arvest encourages its customers and employees to bring non-perishable food items to the nearest branch. The goal is to collect enough food for 1,000,000 meals. We're excited to say they exceeded their goal. Congratulations!

The M&N Augustine Foundation was one of the charities selected to receive donations collected by Arvest. Two members of the Arvest team came to our facility with a vehicle full of non-perishable food items and helped us fill our cupboards. 

Thank you Arvest and everyone who participated in the 1 Million Meals campaign for your help addressing hunger in the Fayetteville area and beyond.

Board of Directors

 

Current Board
Members

  • Dr. Merlin J. Augustine, Jr. Ed.D
  • Mrs. Beverly Augustine
  • Mr. Merlin J. Augustine, III
  • Dr. Mark Bonner, M.D.
  • Dr. Scott Cooper, M.D.
  • Coach Norm DeBriyn
  • Mr. Randy DeCuir
  • Dr. Michael Knight, D.V.M.
  • Mrs. Nancy R. Qualls
  • Mr. John Singh

Director of Endowment

  • Mrs. Amber Trumbo Gaskill

Perpetual Board
Members

  • Mr. Merlin J. Augustine, Sr.
  • Mrs. Nora Mayeaux Augustine
  • Mr. Trent Trumbo
  • Mr. Roland S. Boreham, Jr.
  • Dr. Charles Springer, Ph.D
  • Mr. Kenneth McKee
  • Mr. James Kinnally
  • Chief Larry Slamons

Honorary Board Member

  • Sister M. Concetta Augustine
 
 

Why We Started the Foundation

The M & N Augustine Foundation was founded on November 16, 1992, Marksville, Louisiana, on the 62nd Wedding Anniversary of the late Merlin and Nora Augustine, Sr. The Foundation was established as an expression of appreciation to my parents who in my early years were extremely kind, gentle and compassionate to all who came to them for assistance. During that time there were no social programs as we know them today. I did not fully understand why my parents would ask me to give up my bed to someone else to inhabit it, or why we would share our meager resources with so many other individuals.

- Dr. Merlin J Augustine, Jr.

 

 

Honors Awards and Reconition

 
  • Corporate Helping Hand Award
  • Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award
  • Distinguished Volunteer Award
  • Geraldine Walker Award
  • Most Generous Heart Award
  • Youth Citizenship Award

Special Awards Given to the Foundation

  • Torchbearer Award for Exemplary Community Service, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, March 2004
  • Cited in Congressional Records September 10, 2003 by the Honorable John Boozman 10th Congress first session
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award for Excellence in Community Service, January 2003
  • J.C. Penney Golden Rule Award for Spirit of Volunteerism, 2000
  • J.C. Penney Eagle Award for Distinguished Community Service, 1996
  • City of Fayetteville Community Helping Hand Award, 1993
  • Office of Governor State of Arkansas, Office of Volunteerism, Outstanding Community Service 1992
 
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