Fill the Bus, July 22nd and 23rd With School Supplies!

(FORT SMITH, AR) –— Many children look forward to arriving on the first day of school with new notebooks, backpacks and pencil boxes, but it’s a different story for children whose families can’t afford these items. On July 22 and 23, United Way of Fort Smith Area is asking you to help them fill a bus full of supplies to be donated to children in the six-county area it serves. Donations of new school supplies will be accepted at area Wal-Mart Super Center stores. Look for the school bus!

If everyone could pick up some of the items listed on the school supply list on their way to the checkout and drop it by the bus, it would make a huge difference to kids in need when classes begin. Volunteers will be staffing the buses to assist patrons who wish to donate supplies. A complete list of suggested items will be given to you as you enter the store.

In 2015, more than 57,000 packages of new school supplies were collected. The donated items were given to school districts and United Way partner agencies. Not only do the donated supplies help children with their studies, having a new backpack or notebook can really help raise a child’s self-esteem. Feeling good about themselves and having the tools they need to complete their schoolwork really helps children get off on the right foot as they start a new school year.

A school bus will be located at Alma, Booneville, Fort Smith, Greenwood, Ozark, Paris, Poteau, Van Buren and Sallisaw Wal-Mart Super Center locations on July 22 from 9am to 9pm and July 23 from 9am to 3pm. Your donation will make a difference in a child’s life!

For more information, contact Carrie Terry at 479-782-1311 or

The United Way of Fort Smith Area has been serving individuals and families in Crawford, Franklin, Logan and Sebastian counties in Arkansas and LeFlore and Sequoyah counties in Oklahoma since 1928. For more information find us on the web at Follow us Facebook at United Way of Fort Smith or on Instagram and Twitter @unitedwayfsa. Our hashtags for this event are #unitedwayfsa #fillthebus #liveunited.

Touch-A-Truck , June 21st 10 am – 2 pm , Van Buren High School

United Way of Fort Smith Area is excited to announce its 1st Annual Touch-A-Truck, a FREE Child Safety and Wellness Event.

This event provides kids of all ages with the opportunity to see, touch, and explore life-size vehicles and interact with community support leaders like police officers, firemen, construction workers, military personnel and many more! Vehicles you can expect to see include construction and farm equipment, safety and transportation vehicles, motorcycles, emergency vehicles, tractors, and a Life Flight Helicopter.  Military personnel will have an M37 from Fort Chaffee and a Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) from the 142nd Field Artillery Regiment.

In addition to equipment and vehicles, local businesses will provide hotdogs, chips, drinks and sugar-free popsicles. Smokey the Bear will be on hand to give out door prizes, including bicycles that have been donated by local businesses. The event also provides an educational value on top of being great entertainment for the kids. There will be literature available on eating right and keeping active. The Army National Guard Recruitment and Retention will provide an obstacle course and Humvee golf cart, Farm Bureau will provide car seat safety information, Crawford County Extension will have information on food and gardening, Hamilton House and the Morgan Nick Foundation will provide child safety information, and much, much more!

United Way of Fort Smith Area is proud to host this local, inaugural event, and we are hoping to have a great turn out. Touch-A-Truck is exclusively designed with children in mind although, big kids enjoy the experience just as much. It’s an event that gives kids an opportunity to see trucks and vehicles up close and from the inside; something they might not otherwise have the chance to do.  We encourage parents, Boys and Girls Clubs, preschool programs, Mother’s Day Out groups, daycares and church groups to bring their children out for a great day of fun and learning!

The event will be held June 21st from 10am to 2pm at Van Buren High School. Event partners are: the City of Van Buren, Van Buren Public Schools, the American Red Cross, Bold Dental, Community Services Clearinghouse and the River Valley Food Bank. Vehicles, food items, information and door prizes will be provided by the following:

APAC-Central, Inc. Anytime Fitness ArcBest Corporation Arkansas Antique Tractor Club Arkansas Forestry Commission Army National Guard Recruitment and Retention Arvest Bank BACA Breeden Dodge-Van Buren C&K Oil and Energy Services Chance 2 Dance Studio Citizens Bank Crawford County Construction Crawford County Emergency Management Crawford County Extension Office Crawford County Health Dept. Crawford County Highway Dept. Crawford County Sheriff’s Dept. Domino’s Pizza Elevate Trampoline Park Farm Bureau First Presbyterian Church-Fort Smith Fort Chaffee 142nd Fort Smith Bomb Squad Generations Bank Guardian of the Children Hamilton House Kids Unlimited Learning Acedemy Kopper Kettle Life Flight Mazzio’s Pizza-Alma Monkey House Morgan Nick Foundation Midcontinent Concrete Midland Bowl My Cloud Limo OG&E Pac Printers Parrot Island Water Park Pizza Parlor–Van Buren Rhodes Chevrolet Southwest EMS State Farm–Dustin Booth State Farm-Matt Bodson Time Striping United Federal Credit Union USA Truck Van Buren A&P Commission Van Buren Fire Department Van Buren Kiwanis Club Van Buren Lions Club Van Buren Police Dept. Western AR Child Development Zaxby’s-Van Buren

United Way of Fort Smith Area’s 1st Annual Touch-A-Truck

Touch-A-Truck, a FREE child safety and wellness event, June 21st from 10 am to 2 pm at Van Buren High School. This is going to be a great event! We have a great line up of trucks, emergency vehicles, the Van Buren Trolley, military vehicles and so much more! Smokey the Bear will be passing out door prizes, Bold Dental will have popsicles for the kids. We are going to have so much fun! Please bring your children, grandchildren, church kids groups, Boys & Girls Club kids, out for a day full of fun!

Day of Caring 2016 Great Success!


(April 13, 2016, FORT SMITH, AR) –—Over 800 volunteers joined forces to serve at organizations that improve lives in our communities. Volunteers completed projects from Ozark to Poteau and Van Buren to Booneville. United Way Board Chairman, Dr. Lee Krehbiel with UA-Fort Smith spoke, at the kick-off breakfast at Golden Corral, on the importance of volunteers to the United Way, saying “This day would not happen if it were not for the many volunteers and companies that allow their employees to volunteer”. There were over 90 projects in our six-county area which includes, Crawford, Franklin, Logan and Sebastian counties in Arkansas and LeFlore and Sequoyah in Oklahoma. United Way President, Eddie Lee Herndon announced at the breakfast that the value of the volunteer hours from today adds up to over $60,000. Golden Living, Arvest Bank and Ozark Public Schools had the largest number of volunteers for the event with a combined 220 volunteers.


All of the agencies were very thankful for the volunteers and the hours they put in. Jerry Glidewell with Fort Smith Boys and Girls Club said, “All the volunteers participating did a great job…they brought their “A” game complete with a bright spirit of optimism.”   Jerrod Burns with Ozark Area Youth Organization said, “We were very pleased with the turnout of volunteers for United Way’s Day of Caring. The community support in the Ozark area is great! We had over 80 volunteers at our complex and at the Ozark Retirement Center”. Projects completed today ranged from visiting with the elderly in local nursing homes through Project Compassion to helping the clients at Abilities Unlimited cook a meal for the volunteers for lunch. Projects also included, painting and clean up at the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts facilities in Bonneville, sorting food for the food pantry at the Community Services Clearinghouse, and the list goes on.


Sponsors making this event possible were, AOG, Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus, Bolton Auto Repair, Citizens Bank and Trust, Courtyard Marriott, Experian, First National Bank of Fort Smith, Gerdau, Golden Living, Good Year Commercial and Tire Service Center, Graphic Packaging, Harry Robinson Buick GMC, Midwest Automation, Pernod Ricard USA, Preferred Office Products, Simmons Bank, Sykes.

Day of Caring 2016

Hundreds of volunteers will join forces April 12th to serve at agencies and organizations in our six-county service area. These volunteers will provide the manpower needed to complete projects for the organizations or agencies that they may not be able to afford to complete on their own.  Projects are available in Alma, Barling, Booneville, Charleston, Fort Smith, Greenwood, Lavaca, Mansfield, Mulberry, Ozark, Paris, Poteau and Van Buren for a total of 90 projects. You can volunteer at or by calling 479-782-1311


Kickoff Breakfast — Fort Smith

8:00 a.m. – Kickoff breakfast will be provided for volunteers at Golden Corral in Fort Smith, AR. Mayor Sandy Sanders will be joining us and sharing a Day of Caring proclamation.

Kickoff Breakfast — Booneville

7:45 a.m. – Kickoff breakfast will be provided for Logan County volunteers at Jeral L. Hampton Meeting Place in Booneville, AR. Event courtesy of First Western Bank.

Kickoff Breakfast — Ozark

7:45 a.m. – Kickoff breakfast will be provided for Franklin County volunteers will be held at the Ozark Area Youth Organization in Ozark, AR.
Event courtesy of Ozark Area Youth Organization .

Recognition Lunch – Ozark
Lunch will be provided at the Ozark Area Youth Organization in Ozark, AR.
Event courtesy of Ozark Area Youth Organization.

Immediately following the breakfast programs, volunteers will leave for their work sites.


Community Impact and Investment Celebration

United Way Wrap-up Celebration
Corporate and community leaders will gather to recognize
commitment of time and money to United Way

(March 3, FORT SMITH, AR) –— Friends of the United Way of Fort Smith
Area will gather on March 15th at 11:45am to celebrate and recognize those who have
participated in the 2015-2016 annual giving campaign. The campaign continues in a
year-round effort to serve the community. The Community Impact and Investment
Celebration Luncheon will be held at the Fort Smith Convention Center, Hall C.

We will announce our agency investment and our community impact and investment
totals at the luncheon. We will also recognize the winners of our campaign awards for
the 2015 campaign. What’s important today is not just the dollar amount; but the
opportunity to recognize those who work hard to help United Way and those in need in our area.

United Way of Fort Smith Area invests annually in a range of education, income and health
programs as well as broader strategic initiatives. 100% of the donations given are invested
back into the community, by way of the agency allocation process, community impact
grants and response fund requests.

Please come out and join us for lunch and celebrate those that came together in these
hard economic times to make our community a better place to live and raise our families.

1 Billion Rising 2016

Wear red, pink or purple and join us today at 11:45am at the Bell Tower on the UA Fort Smith campus
for our 1st Annual One Billion Rising, a rally to bring awareness to domestic violence and rape.



One Billion Rising

We are excited to announce our 1st Annual One Billion Rising event! It will be held February 12th at noon by the Bell Tower on the UA Fort Smith Campus. The event is to bring awareness to the issues of domestic abuse, violence and rape in our society. 1 in 3 persons across the planet will be beaten or raped in their lifetime. This event will begin with a dance and end with a walk around the campus green. It is open to the public so come join us and help bring awareness to the fact that domestic violence and rape are NOT okay!


United Way of Fort Smith Area Delivers Prescription Savings

Free, easy to use prescription savings card can deliver significant savings on to anyone, regardless of their insurance.

(Fort Smith, AR) – January 5, 2016 – United Way of Fort Smith Area and FamilyWize Community Service Partnership, an organization focused on improving the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities, want to remind local residents they have access to a free, easy to use prescription savings card that to date has helped more than 8.4 million Americans save more than $857 million on their prescriptions.

“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 savings cards to everyone in our six-county coverage area”, said Eddie Lee Herndon of the United Way of Fort Smith Area”  “People in our six-county area, in 2015, saved over $166,000 just by using the FamilyWize card.”

FamilyWize cards can immediately lower the cost of medicine by an average of 42 percent 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, no strings attached.

“So many people are struggling with the high cost of medicine and need help right now. The FamilyWize card can provide immediate savings on prescription medicines, with no paperwork or forms to fill out,” said Susan Gilmore, Executive Director of Community Engagement of FamilyWize.

The FamilyWize prescription savings card can be used by anyone, including people without insurance and people with insurance but have high deductibles. The FamilyWize Prescription Savings Card has unlimited use, does not require any personal information from the user and has no eligibility criteria.

To take advantage of the savings that FamilyWize offers, consumers can print a card from, can call 1-800-222-2818 and request a card to be sent to them, or can download the free FamilyWize app.

About The FamilyWize Community Partnership

FamilyWize is a community service partnership focused on improving the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities. Through our partnerships with United Way and more than 100,000 community organizations, government agencies, pharmacies, health systems and businesses, we are making prescription medications more affordable and more accessible.

For more information, call United Way of Fort Smith Area at 479-782-1311 or visit our website,

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

2015 United Way Holiday Giving Guide

2015 Holiday Giving Guide Front PageClick here to view the 2015 Holiday Giving Guide You will see volunteer and donation opportunities
in our Western Arkansas, Eastern Oklahoma coverage area.

As we all prepare for a wonderful holiday season with our friends and families, there are many in our community that are in need. Our partner agencies work diligently day in and day out to help so many in the areas of health, income, and education. You may be one of the many people that are looking for additional ways to help and simply don’t know where to begin. If you are looking for ways to contribute by volunteering your time or making a donation, the 2015 Holiday Giving Guide will make it easier for you to help others while GIVING LOCALLY. Within the 2015 Holiday Giving Guide, activities and needs are arranged alphabetically by agency name. Each specific need is clearly identified. When you find an opportunity that interests you, simply call the agency to find out more information. Opportunities fill up quickly so be sure and call as soon as you can when you find an area of need that interests you.

This is the ninth year of the publication of the Holiday Giving Guide, and we hope you will share it with your friends, co-workers, neighbors, church members, and family members, encouraging them to get involved. Thank you for your generosity of time and resources to help make our community the most caring place to live, and thank you for choosing to GIVE LOCAL.

Yours in Service,

Eddie Lee Herndon, President United Way of Fort Smith Area


10th Annual United Way of Fort Smith Area “Power of the Purse” Luncheon and Auction

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All proceeds from the Power of the Purse event are used to purchase
books for local children through Dolly Parton’s  Imagination Library Program.

Television personality, chef, author, and outdoor adventurer Georgia Pellegrini has quickly become
known as a contemporary Martha Stewart, working to help women tap into their modern day pioneer
spirit by teaching them how to grow a small-space garden, assemble the makings of a self-sufficient
pantry, learn to navigate a compass for their next camping trip, or even forage for plants that give you
energy. Georgia is the author of multiple books, her latest: Modern Pioneering: More than 150
Recipes, Projects, and Skills for a Self-Sufficient Life [Clarkson Potter, released spring 2014] was
met with rave reviews. Packed with beautiful photographs and illustrations that showcase not only a
cookbook but backyard gardening and homesteading tips, Modern Pioneering is unlike any other book
on shelves today. Georgia first made waves with her book Girl Hunter: Revolutionizing the Way We
Eat, One Hunt at a Time [Da Capo Lifelong Books, 2012] which documented her adventure as a
classically-trained New York chef, venturing out into the wild to embrace her lifelong love of cooking and
exploring the real world of local, organic, sustainable food. The book was named one of the Top 10
Sports Books of 2012 by Booklist, and a Best Book of the Month by Amazon.! !
Georgia grew up on the same land that her great grandfather owned and worked: a farm called
Tulipwood in New York’s Hudson Valley. She had a passion from an early age for good, simple food,
catching her own trout for breakfast in the creek on her family’s land. Her connection to nature stayed
with her through college, even during the years she ventured into the corporate world of finance.
Something was tugging at her to return back to the land. After a bit of soul searching, Georgia decided
to leave her cubicle behind and enrolled in the French Culinary Institute in New York City. She began
working at farm-to-table restaurants, first at Blue Hill at Stone Barns and then at Gramercy Tavern in
New York. At the former, when asked to slaughter and butcher a few turkeys for the restaurant she felt
the most visceral sense of connection to the food. “The experience was invigorating and awakened the
primal part in me,” she recalls. “All of a sudden, I had this purpose to pay the full price of the meal, to
become a responsible omnivore and understand the process from farm to plate.”! !
Georgia went on to work at La Chassagnette, a Michelin-starred restaurant in the south of France,
spending her days driving heavy farm equipment and harvesting ingredients for dinner. She found that
she was most interested in the foragers, fig collectors, and salami makers who arrived to the
restaurants with their goods, and she soon went on journeys with them – through the woods, into curing
rooms, and over the rolling hills of olive oil vineyards. Her first book, Food Heroes [Stewart, Tabori &
Chang, 2010] tells the story of 16 culinary artisans across the world who are fighting to preserve their
food traditions. The book was met with critical acclaim and was nominated for an International
Association of Culinary Professionals award.! !
Georgia chronicles her adventures in meeting food artisans and gathering her ingredients on her wildly
popular website She also utilizes the site to show women from all walks
of life and ages, that they can grow food efficiently and even try foraging, camping, and living off the
land… self-sufficiency is the ultimate girl power. Georgia is also the creator of Adventure Getaways
across the country, where women can take two and three days trips that include a combination of
outdoor activities, horseback riding, clay shooting, fly fishing, hunting for birds, chef-prepared meals,
cooking classes, and more. ! !
Georgia has been featured in dozens of media outlets including: “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Iron Chef
America,” “The Today Show,” “Real Sports” on HBO, NPR, Martha Stewart Radio, “Alicia
Mendez Tonight” on Fusion, Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Food &
Wine, ESPN, Town & Country, More Magazine, and The New York Post, to name a few. When
Georgia isn’t delving into local food ways at home in Austin, TX she’s roaming the world hunting and
gathering, tasting good food, and meeting the great people who make it.




United Way of Fort Smith Area Appreciation Day at Razorback Stadium

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We are happy to announce that we will have United Way of Fort Smith Area Appreciation Day at Razorback Stadium on October 31st. The Razorbacks are offering an enhanced experience which may include, going on the field prior to the game to spell out UW and having pictures made with the hog mascot. They are not sure on the details of the enhanced experience at this time, but they promise it will be fun. The ticket package is $30 which includes one ticket to the game and a Razorback United Way t shirt. To order tickets call us at 479-782-1311. We have 200 tickets which are available on a first come, first serve basis. We feel the tickets will go fast so don’t delay.


Just a thought on the tickets, not only could you use them for yourself and your family, but as a way to reward an employee or group of employees for a job well done. You could also use them for prizes for special events as part of your campaign or just offer them to your employees as a low cost option for their families. Your employees can contact us directly if they would like to purchase the tickets.

2015 Campaign Kickoff Celebration


September 16, 2015, Fort Smith – United Way of Fort Smith Area kicked off its 2015 Campaign with a celebration luncheon at the Fort Smith Convention Center in Fort Smith. A large crowd attended the event including community leaders, United Way’s leadership, volunteers and agency representatives. United Way President, Eddie Lee Herndon gave the welcome and introduction of the United Way Community Partner Agencies. The agency directors came in through a cheer line made up of United Way board members, tho the Theme from the movie “Rocky”. One of goals this year for President, Eddie Lee Herndon is to bring back the FUN, and this event did just that! Ray Minkle, Director of Human Resources for Sparks Health System, presented a check for $40,000 to United Way President, Eddie Lee Herndon and then led the group in a United Way cheer!

United Way Board Chair, Bill Hanesworth from Littlefield Oil introduced 2015 Campaign Chair, Beth Presley from Arvest Bank. Beth addressed the crowd saying, “As the saying goes in sports, always give 100% effort.  The United Way team has the right attitude and effort to succeed in the 2015 campaign.  The level of commitment from the staff, board, volunteers and agencies will set ourselves up to tackle the challenges ahead and the winners in the end will be the communities the United Way serves”.

BHC Insurance was named the 2015 Pacesetter of the Year.  Points were given if the company met the specified criteria; BHC Insurance received the highest score. Pacesetters run their campaign during the month of August to help jumpstart the United Way fund drive. 2015 Campaign Chair, Beth Presley announced the Pacesetter campaign total to date of $1,012,495.00!

The goal of the campaign is to continue meeting the needs of the community. In 2014, the campaign raised over $2 million dollars, all of which was reinvested back into the community. The goal for the 2015 campaign is to increase donor participation. If you would like to hold a workplace campaign and help us in our effort, please call Penni Burns or Mitzy Little at 479 782 1311.

The Pacesetter companies are: Arc for the River Valley; ArcBest Corporation and its subsidiaries; ATU-Ozark Campus; Arvest Bank; AT&T; Baldor Electric Company; BancorpSouth; BHC Insurance; Citizens Bank & Trust; Community National Bank of Booneville; Experian; Farmers Bank; First National Bank of Fort Smith; Fort Smith Boys & Girls Club; Golden Living; Greenwood Public Schools; Hanna Oil & Gas;  Next Step Homeless Services; Oklahoma Gas & Electric, Ozark Area Youth Organization; Pernod Ricard; Rheem Manufacturing Corporation; Sparks Health System; Stepping Stone School;  UPS-Fort Smith; UPS-Sallisaw, and USA Truck.

United Way of Fort Smith Area serves Crawford, Franklin, Logan and Sebastian counties in Arkansas and LeFlore and Sequoyah counties in Oklahoma. Its mission is to improve lives by connecting people and resources in its six-county area.

Record Year for Fill the Bus! Over 57,000 Packages of Supplies Collected!

It was another hot weather weekend but that didn’t keep United Way from filling buses with school supplies. Supplies were collected for the 11th annual Fill the Bus drive on Friday, July 24 and Saturday July 25 at Walmart stores in Alma, Booneville, Fort Smith, Greenwood, Ozark, Paris, Poteau, Sallisaw and Van Buren. Joining Fill the Bus this year were the Walmart Neighborhood Markets in Cedarville, Charleston, Mansfield and Mulberry.
Items donated included pens, pencils, paper, crayons, scissors, glue, notebooks, backpacks, kindergarten mats and many other items. Supply lists were handed out at each location to customers as they entered the store.
“We are so grateful to each of the volunteers and to the generous donors who helped make this our best year ever!” said Mitzy Little, United Way Marketing Director. “This event over the last few years has increased in donations so much. This year we had over 50,000 packages of supplies donated. Thousands of children in need in our six-county area will benefit from it. United Way is proud to help in getting those children’s school year off to a better start.”
Volunteers worked shifts on Friday and Saturday helping to hand out flyers and count and sort supplies. The event lasted from 9 am to 9 pm on Friday and from 9 am to 3 pm on Saturday. Many area businesses also collected supplies at their offices including ArcBest Corporation, Golden Living, Klein Tools and Littlefield Oil Company.
United Way President, Eddie Lee Herndon said, “Fill the Bus is a great example of our awesome community in action. Hundreds of volunteers came together united to help our children, teachers, and local schools in our six county area. We want to say thank you to our volunteers, Walmart, local media representatives, and the numerous people that donated school supplies during the Fill the Bus event.” All of the supplies collected are distributed to school districts and partner agencies throughout United Way’s six-county service area.
A special thank you to Walmart for allowing United Way to host this event at its stores throughout the region.
United Way of Fort Smith Area serves Crawford, Franklin, Logan and Sebastian counties in Arkansas and LeFlore and Sequoyah counties in Oklahoma. Its mission is to improve lives by connecting people and resources in its six-county area.

Red Nose Day May 21st, 2015

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Employees of Northern Star Financial Group Supporting Red Nose Day!

What is Red Nose Day?
“Have fun, raise money and change lives.” Red Nose Day is a campaign dedicated to raising money for children and young people living in poverty. The campaign encourages everyone from children to corporates to do something fun in the name of raising awareness around a serious global issue, while also raising funds to help identify and deliver solutions. Red Nose Day culminates in a star-studded comedy telethon.

Film director Richard Curtis co-created Comic Relief, the charity behind Red Nose Day, and started the campaign on the belief that the power of mass media and high profile celebrities can raise awareness around issues of poverty and thereby help save millions of lives. Since its launch on the BBC in 1988, Red Nose Day has garnered support from influencers and celebrities like Bill Gates, Will Ferrell, Coldplay, Paul McCartney, One Direction, Matt Damon, and even three British Prime Ministers.

What is Red Nose Day USA?
Red Nose Day USA activities culminate in a 3-hour telethon airing on NBC, produced by award-winning production company Done + Dusted with comedy content from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Funny or Die. To be hosted by top talent, Red Nose Day USA will include sketch comedy, live music from the hottest acts, guest stars and short films that showcase the cause. NBC will support the campaign over a multi-week promotional period via NBC programming including The Today Show. Driving donations via phone and online will be an integral part of the Red Nose Day campaign.

Car Campaign 2015

THANK YOU! Hug Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Breeden Dodge and Ozark Ford they will be
donating $25 per car sold in the month of May to United Way of Fort Smith Area!

Breeden Auto Group         Hug Chevrolet         Ozark Ford

United Way of Fort Smith Area Partners with Letter Carriers for Local Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive On May 9th

Save The Date…. United Way of Fort Smith Area is partnering with the local chapter of the National Association of Letter Carriers for their 23rd Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on May 9th. United Way agencies the Community Services Clearinghouse and the River Valley Regional Food Bank are also taking part in the drive along with the local US Postal Service. All food that you donate to this food drive will go to food pantries in our local area.

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Save the Date

2014 United Way Campaign “Wrap Up” Celebration

We would like to thank everyone who came out yesterday and made our “Wrap Up” Celebration such a success.
We have posted pictures of the campaign award winners to our Facebook page, United Way of Fort Smith.

You can follow the link here to view the winners,

The 2014 Campaign winners are:

Franklin County Award – ATU- Ozark Campus
Logan County Award – Community National Bank – Booneville
Crawford County Award – USA Truck, Inc.
Leflore County Award – Champ Hinton Enterprises
Sequoyah County Award – UPS – Sallisaw
Spirit of Caring Award – Andrea Boyett – Kraft/Planters
Spirit of Community Award – Times Record, Spirit 106.3 and KFSM Channel 5
Car Dealership Award – Smith Auto Group
Oil and Gas Division Award – Stephens Production Company
Manufacturing Award – Weldon, Williams & Lick
Professional Division Award –  BHC Insurance and Beall Barclay and Company, PLC
Education Division Award – Fort Smith Public Schools
Finance and Banking Award – First National Bank of Fort Smith, Arvest Bank, BancorpSouth, Firstar Bank and Citizens Bank and Trust
Retail Division Award – Faith Skinner – Walmart
Partner Agency Award – Abilities Unlimited
Coordinator of the Year – Terri Bockelman – BancorpSouth
Extra Effort Award – Rheem Manufacturing Company
Thomas P. Foltz Award – Hank Needham – Cavanaugh Elementary
Most Resourceful Campaign Award – BancorpSouth and Golden Living
Leadership Award – Dr. Benny Gooden – Fort Smith Public Schools
Chairman’s Award – Baldor Electric Company
Campaign Leader Award – ArcBest Corporation


Day of Caring , Rain or Shine!

Tomorrow is Day of Caring,rain or shine. It’s not to late to sign up. Call our office at 479-782-1311 and ask for Cortney.
It is going to be a fun day. Thank you to all who have signed up to volunteer!

Domestic Violence Awareness Pinwheel Display

Junior Civic League Domestic Violence Awareness Pinwheel display

The General Federation of Women’s Clubs – Junior Civic League of Fort Smith has set-up a Domestic Violence Awareness & Prevention Pinwheel Display in front of United Federal Credit Union located at 5800 Rogers Ave, Fort Smith, AR.  It will be up for the next month.  We will take it down the day before the Step Up Speak Out Block Parties which are scheduled for April 29th.

The pinwheels reflect the number of domestic violence victims in 2014 who were provided services by the Donald W Reynolds Crisis Intervention Center and the Hamilton House Child and Family Safety Center.   The Crisis Intervention Center treated 138 women for domestic violence 118 children for physical abuse and 66 victims for sexual assault in 2014.  The Hamilton House treated 678 children for sexual assault and 119 children for physical abuse in 2014.

There are three different colors of pinwheels in the display.  Purple represents domestic violence against women, Blue represents physical abuse against children, and Teal represents sexual assaults. Please note that inside the pool in the display there is one Teal pinwheel per nine sexual assault victims who were children and outside the pool there is one Teal pinwheel for very two adult victims of sexual assault.

New United Way President Reconnects With Childhood Mentor

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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

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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

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