New United Way President Reconnects With Childhood Mentor

Eddie Lee and Jerry IMG_3895

United Way of Fort Smith Area’s new President, Eddie Lee Herndon and Fort Smith Boys and Girls Club Director, Jerry Glidewell. Jerry was the director of the Boys and Girls Club in Clarksville when Eddie Lee attended the club as an elementary school student. They had a great time reconnecting.

Time to Signup for 2015 Day of Caring!


Once again, it is time to signup for a Day of Caring project!  Day of Caring will be April 14th, this year, and we have several outstanding projects for you to chose from!  The books were mailed out yesterday, and the projects are also on our new Information and Volunteer Center website, for you to sign up online.  This is a new website with many new features to help better serve you! To sign up online, simply go to and click the Day of Caring link at the very top.  From there, click the city where you want to volunteer and signup for a project! If you have any questions or would like to reserve a project for your company, please contact Cortney Christenson at 479-782-1311 or via email,

United Way Board Announces New President

Eddie Lee Herdon

FORT SMITH – The Board of Directors of United Way of Fort Smith Area is proud to announce Eddie Lee Herndon as the organization’s President. Herndon comes to United Way of Fort Smith Area from the United Way of West Tennessee (UWWT), where he served as President and CEO.

UWWT served 14 counties, 74 agencies and funded 109 programs under Herndon’s leadership. Since his arrival in 2011, the UWWT received the highest ranking certification for Community Impact from United Way Worldwide for two consecutive years. In addition to his work at the local level, Herndon was also involved at the state level and served as the Vice Chair of Governance and Nominations for the Executive Committee of the United Ways of Tennessee Board.

Herndon graduated from Lambuth University in Jackson, Tenn. with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Upon graduation, Herndon went to work for the University as Director of Alumni Relations and Sports Information and just a few years later, was selected to become the University’s Athletic Director. He was twice recognized as the Mid-South Conference Athletics Director of the Year and in 2000 was named the NAIA Region XI Athletics Director of the Year. He served in that position until 2002 and then he went to work for Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing.

Herndon’s involvement throughout the Jackson, TN community was wide and varied. He served on various committees and worked on fundraising events for United Way, the American Heart Association, the West Tennessee Area Boy Scouts Council and the American Cancer Society.

Herndon is very excited to bring his family back to the River Valley area. He and his wife, Erin, both grew up in our area and graduated from Clarksville High School. “The United Way of Fort Smith Area provides an opportunity for me to continue my work with United Way and serve the local community and partner agencies,” Herndon said. “I am able to bring my bride back home to be near her family, and it is a win-win professionally and personally.” Herndon’s oldest daughter plays volleyball for Henderson State University in Arkadelphia and his youngest daughter is considering attending college within the state of Arkansas. “I am deeply vested in the great state of Arkansas and am looking forward to not just visiting frequently but, once again, calling Arkansas our home,” Herndon said. The Board of Directors and staff of United Way of Fort Smith Area welcome the Herndon family.

United Way of Fort Smith Area serves Crawford, Franklin, Logan and Sebastian counties in Arkansas and Leflore and Sequoyah counties in Oklahoma, concentrating on services in the areas of Education, Income and Health. To learn how you can help, please contact United Way of Fort Smith Area at 782-1311, on the web at or find us on Facebook.


Thank You To Our Local Law Enforcement Officers

Save the Date for Events in 2015

We have our calendar set for 2015!

April 14th – Day of Caring

April 21st – Campaign Wrap Up

July 24th-25th – Stuff the Bus

August 1 – Pacesetter Campaign begins

September 17th – Campaign Kickoff

October 21st – Power of the Purse

Familywize Prescription Discount Program

United Way has Prescription for Everyday Savings

Free drug discount card saves everyone money at local pharmacies

Help is here to lower the cost of medicine, thanks to a free drug discount card provided by the United Way. “No one should be forced to choose between paying for food, rent or medicine because of the high cost of prescriptions. That’s why we’ve partnered with FamilyWize to distribute free prescription discount cards to everyone in our six-county coverage area”, said Cortney Christensonof the United Way of Fort Smith Area. “People in our community have already saved, $131,506.46 from January through November of 2014,just by using the FamilyWize card.”

FamilyWize cards immediately lower the cost of medicine by an average of 40% or more for people without insurance or who take medications not covered by their plan. Just by presenting the FamilyWize card at their local pharmacy, customers save on the cost of their prescription medicine 80% of the time. “So many people are struggling with the high cost of medicine and need help right now. We knew we couldn’t wait years for healthcare reform to be implemented. The FamilyWize card provides immediate savings on prescription medicines, with no paperwork or forms to fill out,” said Dan Barnes, Co-chair of The FamilyWize Community Service Partnership.

These cards can be used by everyone in the community, not just people without insurance. They can even be used by people with health benefits, including Medicaid or Medicare.

The FamilyWize card is easy to use:

  • It’s Free
  • For immediate and unlimited use
  • Accepted at 95% of pharmacies nationwide
  • No age/income restrictions
  • No enrollment or personal information needed

“United Way of Fort Smith Area”proudly joins 1,000 United Ways in all 50 states who have already saved more than $782 million as of November 2014 on prescriptions in their communities and distributed more than 20 million cards nationwide.  Together, we hope to reduce the cost of medicine $1 billion by the end of 2015”, said Cortney Christenson of the United Way of Fort Smith Area.

You can stop by our office at 320 South 18th Street in Fort Smith to pick up a card or individuals with internet access can go to or to to print a card, look up drug prices and obtain a list of participating pharmacies.

United Way of Fort Smith Area, proudly serving individuals in Crawford, Franklin, Logan, Sabastian, Leflore and Sequoyah counties since 1928.

Give Local! 2014 Holiday Giving Guide

Click here to view the 2014 Holiday Giving Guide

Throughout the year, United Way of Fort Smith Area receives phone calls and e-mails from individuals who want to help, but don’t know where to start. Whether they want to give financially, advocate for a cause, or volunteer their time they are looking for a way to GIVE LOCAL.

The 2014 Holiday Giving Guide makes it easier for everyone to GIVE LOCAL. The activities, which are arranged alphabetically by agency names, clearly identify the need for specific resources and generous volunteers at organizations in our area. When you find an opportunity that interests you, simply call the agency to find out more information. Since certain opportunities fill quickly, you should contact the agency as early as possible in the season.

This is the eighth year for the United Way Holiday Giving Guide, and we were thrilled to hear some great feedback from organizations that have benefitted from this list. This is just one of the many success sto-ries we have received over the years from agencies that have had needs met by individuals who picked up the annual Holiday Giving Guide. Please share this guide with your neighbors, co-workers, friends, and family. We hope that the 2014 guide will help make many more wishes come true for agencies and individuals in our area.

Thank you for giving and volunteering this holiday season. Thank you for choosing to GIVE LOCAL.


Flu Shot Vouchers

Walgreens, United Way of Fort Smith Area and FamilyWize Team Up To Provide Flu Shot Vouchers For Uninsured and Underinsured Individuals and Families

 FamilyWize Community Service Partnership and United Way of Fort Smith Area are dedicated to building strong communities through better health.  FamilyWize has been selected to help distribute 1,000 free flu shot vouchers provided by Walgreens.  The vouchers are for families and individuals who are uninsured or underinsured, and otherwise unable to afford a flu shot without the voucher.

The flu can have significant impact on the lives of many individuals, especially those with lower income and/or who are either underinsured or not insured. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports parents spend between $300 to $4,000 in medical expenses and miss an estimated 11 to 73 hours of work when their children get the flu.

“Many of the families we support cannot afford the cost of an influenza vaccination let alone the direct medical costs and time away from work if they or someone in their family contracts the flu,” commented Dan Barnes, CEO of FamilyWize. “Families who are unable to afford proper medical coverage need support from community partners to stay healthy and financially stable.”

Individuals can apply to receive a free flu shot voucher by visiting the FamilyWize website ( The vouchers have been provided by Walgreens as part of a nationwide program with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which helps to make flu shots available to people without health insurance coverage and who are unable to afford a flu shot through the program. In addition to the free flu shot vouchers, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last, everyone visiting the website ( can get a free FamilyWize prescription savings card for savings up to 75% off cost of their prescription medication.

“FamilyWize has existing relationships with many families and individuals who can benefit from the free access to flu vaccinations the voucher program was designed to provide,” said Brad Wasson, Walgreens group vice president. “Over the past five years, we’ve distributed more than 1 million vouchers nationwide, helping to respond to the needs of the communities we serve, while also improving immunization rates during flu season.”

The families and individuals who are eligible to receive a free flu shot voucher are subject to the terms and conditions on the voucher.

“At FamilyWize we believe that stronger, healthier and happier people make healthier and better communities and we are thrilled to be working with Walgreens to help provide greater access to flu vaccinations,” stated Mr. Barnes.

About FamilyWize Community Service Partnership

The FamilyWize Community Service Partnership was established in 2005 to help all people get the medicine they need. The FamilyWize prescription savings card is the only program of its kind to pass through 100 percent of its negotiated discounts directly to cardholders. The card is accepted at more than 60,000 pharmacies nationwide, including CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Kmart, Target and Walmart. For more information, to get a free prescription card or download the free FamilyWize mobile app visit

Community Resource Guide

This time of year we get numerous calls from individuals needing various types of assistance.
We have compiled a Community Resource Guide that has the contact information of many local
human services agencies. Please share this with those that may have a need.

Community Resourse Guide

Thank You Tom For A Job Well Done

Tom Minton, Executive Director of the United Way Fort Smith Area has resigned effective December 12th.
Burton Weis, Chair of the United Way Fort Smith Area Board of Directors, said that the organization thrived under Minton’s leadership, and he would like to publically thank Tom for his leadership.
“The work that Tom did in the last 6 years has taken our organization to a new level. He led with passion and enthusiasm for the entire 34 United Way agencies. And it has been contagious, and we are a much stronger organization because of his drive and direction,” said Weis.
The United Way executive team is assembling a hiring committee and a search will begin shortly for Minton’s replacement.
“Though these are challenging times for all nonprofit organizations, the United Way remains well-positioned to make a meaningful impact on our communities in the areas of education, income and health. We have big shoes to fill in replacing Tom Minton, but we will hire an individual who can continue the success and help guide the United Way through the future,” said Weis.

United Way 2014 Holiday Giving Guide

To ALL 501c3 nonprofit agencies in our area-It is time once again for United Way to put together our annual Holiday Giving Guide. All we need from you is your agency’s holiday wish list, your volunteer needs for the holidays, and the person to contact and the contact number. Please send us your completed list no later than November 14, 2014. You can email your list to or call 479-782-1311 and ask for Cortney. We would love for you and your agency to join us this year in our campaign to bring awareness to giving local!
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Power of the Purse 2014


This is a short video from Genna Null and her mother Allison. Genna was a recipient of books from the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. Power of the Purse is our only fundraiser for this early childhood reading program. We hope you will come join us on October 23rd for this event.

2014 Campaign Kickoff

This video highlights our Pacesetter companies. These companies combined, raised 1,058,920 in the month of August! Thank You!!

New Voices Board Internship

This board internship is a venture of United Way of Fort Smith Area
to increase minority representation on Fort Smith area nonprofit boards.

Each participant is assigned to serve on the board of a Fort Smith area United Way
Partner Agency. In addition to board meetings, participants will receive training in
boardmanship and meet quarterly to share their experiences over breakfast.
Hannibal Johnson serves as consultant, trainer and facilitator for the program.

Deadline to apply is July 2014 for an October 2014 program Start. Please see the
application link below for complete details.

New Voices Board Internship Application

Save the Date-Campaign Kick-off September 25th

United Way of Fort Smith Area will host its annual Campaign Kick-off Luncheon on September 25 at Holiday Inn City Center in Fort Smith. The event signifies the official start of the 2014 fundraising campaign. In 2013, United Way raised over $2 million dollars through its annual drive.
WHO: United Way of Fort Smith Area
WHAT: Campaign Kick-off Luncheon
WHEN: September 25th – 11:30 am
WHERE: Holiday Inn City Center, Fort Smith, AR
WHY: Community leaders, volunteers, agency representatives and United Way supporters will gather to celebrate the kick-off of the 2014 Campaign.

The results of United Way’s August Pacesetter Campaign and the Pacesetter of the Year winner will be announced. We will have a special guest speaker, Billy Jones. Billy is a client from Abilities Unlimited which is a United Way Community Partner agency. The event is open to the community. We invite you to come join us in being “Difference Makers” in our community.

United Way of Fort Smith Area serves residents in Crawford, Franklin, Logan, Sebastian counties in Arkansas and Leflore and Sequoyah counties in Oklahoma.

For more information, you may contact Mitzy Little, Marketing Director at
479-782-1311 or

Community Resource Guide

The United Way of Fort Smith Area is pleased to bring you the Community Resource Guide. The goal of this guide is to assist agencies and businesses that make client referrals. Learn More »

Pacesetter Campaign in Full Swing!

We would like to thank our Pacesetter companies and their employees for working so hard on their United Way campaigns. Pacesetter companies hold their campaign in August and historically raise one half of our total campaign. Thank you for being a difference maker in our community!

ABF Freight System Inc.
ABF Mutimodal
ABF-Moving Solutions
ABF Terminal
Arc-Best Corporation
Arc-Best Technologies
ABF Supply Chain Solutions
Arvest Bank
ATU – Ozark Campus
Baldor Electric Co.
Benefit Bank
Brown Hiller Clark & Associate
Citizens Bank & Trust
Community National Bank – Booneville
Farmers Bank
First National Bank of Fort Smith
Golden Living
Graphics Packaging
Greenwood Public School
Hanna Oil & Gas
Centennial Bank
Oklahoma Gas & Electric
Pernod Ricard
Rheem Manufacturing Corporation
Trane Custom/Aire System
UPS – Fort Smith
UPS – Sallisaw
USA Truck Inc.

United Way Video Library

We are updating  our video library. Click here to view the videos. In the video library you will find personal stories about how our partner agencies are making a difference in the lives of our neighbors, families and friends.

United Way Video Library

We have created a video library for the 2013 campaign.
We have videos that show what your United Way dollars made possible in our
six-county area in 2012. Please click here to view the videos. If you would like a dvd
copy of any of the videos for your workplace campaign, give Mitzy Little a call at 479-783-1311.


United Way of Fort Smith Area provides funding to non profit agencies in a six county area?
Crawford, Franklin and Sebastian counties in Arkansas, Leflore and Sequoyah counties in Oklahoma.


United Way Area Map