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.
The United Way of Fort Smith Area seeks candidates for the full-time position of Community Initiatives Coordinator/Administrative Office Assistant. The position is responsible for enhancing organizational capacity assisting in office operations as needed including office administration, internal operations, campaign, public relations, and community impact.
Must be passionate about the mission of United Way of Fort Smith Area, a team player with excellent verbal and written communication skills, strong organizational skills with attention to detail. Must be able to work both independently and as a collaborative team member, have reliable transportation, a basic level knowledge of Excel, Microsoft Office, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook. Must have at least 2 years of college education or comparable experience in a related field and must be able to pass background check and drug test.
To apply, send cover letter and resume with references to: United Way of Fort Smith Area, c/o Eddie Lee Herndon, PO Box 2300, Fort Smith AR, 72902. Will accept applications until position is filled.
Fill the Bus is July 24th and 25th at all the local Walmart Super Centers.
If you would like to volunteer for Fill the Bus, please follow the link below and click on Fill the Bus!
Breeden Auto Group participated in our car campaign and donated $25 for each car sold the month of May.
They sold 173 cars and donated $4325! Thank You Breeden Auto Group! #unitedwayfsa#liveunitedfsa
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.
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!
THANK YOU Weldon, Williams and Lick!
1st Place Winners – Todd Chapen and Tyler Powers
2nd Place Winners – Shannon Denham and Larry Hosier
Step Up, Speak Out block parties are Wednesday and Thursday. Check out the flyer for times and location.
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.
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, https://www.facebook.com/pages/United-Way-of-Fort-Smith/167346013276930
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
Please follow thee link below to see pictures from Day of Caring 2015.
United Way of Fort Smith Area Day of Caring 2015
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!
Day of Caring is next Tuesday, April 14th. We could still use volunteers. If you would like to join us, call 479-782-1311 or follow the link below and sign up online. Thank You!
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.
Click on the link for an update from Cortney about Day of Caring!
Clink on the link below to see the entry form.
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.
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 volunteer.unitedwayfortsmith.org 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, email@example.com.
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 unitedwayfortsmith.org or find us on Facebook.
Thank you to Entertainment Fort Smith and their readers for naming United Way of Fort Smith Area the Favorite Charitable Campaign!
United Way Board Chairman, Bill Hanesworth and Aaron Littlefield from Littlefield Oil at a luncheon honoring local law enforcement. The luncheon was held today at the Fort Smith Police Department. We join them in thanking our law enforcement officers for all they do for our community.
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“ABF Freight and the Teamsters have worked as partners for over 50 years,” Thorne said. “As a veteran who understands the needs of transitioning soldiers, I am proud our company can serve as a resource for future veterans to exit with a clear path to a new career.”
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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
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:
“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 www.unitedwayfortsmith.org or to www.FamilyWize.org 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.
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.
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 (www.FamilyWize.org). 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 (www.FamilyWize.org) 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 www.FamilyWize.org.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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.
This video highlights our Pacesetter companies. These companies combined, raised 1,058,920 in the month of August! Thank You!!
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 »
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 Supply Chain Solutions
ATU – Ozark Campus
Baldor Electric Co.
Brown Hiller Clark & Associate
Citizens Bank & Trust
Community National Bank – Booneville
First National Bank of Fort Smith
Greenwood Public School
Hanna Oil & Gas
Oklahoma Gas & Electric
Rheem Manufacturing Corporation
Trane Custom/Aire System
UPS – Fort Smith
UPS – Sallisaw
USA Truck Inc.
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.
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.