Stuff the Bus Supply List

Here is the supply list for Stuff the Bus. If you would like to print some off for your co-workers or friends, please feel free. Our volunteers will also be handing them out at each Walmart location. Hope to see you all at Stuff the Bus!3 up STB flyer

Click on the list enlarge and  print.

Concert to Benefit United Way Early Childhood Reading Program

Childhood friends reunite for a cause!

Mr. Cabbagehead and the Screaming Radishes will perform July 19th at 7:30pm at LaHuerta on Garrison Avenue to benefit United Way of Fort Smith Area and their early childhood reading initiative, the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. The concert is free, with donations to provide funding for this program being accepted at the door. This program provides books to children, age birth to 5 years, at no cost to their parents. When children on this program start to kindergarten, if they started the program at birth, they have a library of sixty books.

The Imagination Library is a very important to United Way Executive Director, Tom Minton, “we have to get books into the hands of our children”, Minton says. So when he was able to reconnect with childhood friend, Ricky Young from Mr. Cabbagehead and the Screaming Radishes, it was just the next step to collaborate on a fundraiser for this program. Tom and Ricky’s dads were both officer’s with the Fort Smith Police Department when the boys were growing up, so they had many stories to share about their childhood days. Ricky said when he found out Tom was with United Way, he wanted to get involved. The two got together and did some brainstorming and came up with the idea of a concert that they want to make an annual event. Young says they have held concerts to benefit other non-profits in the past and raised thousands of dollars, but have not been consistent with these type events. “Consistency is the key”, says Young, “we want to start this year and build this event in the years to come”. What better way to help our community than to help our children. Young says, “This area is our home, we need to take care of our hometown”.  So come out to LaHuerta on Garrison on July 19th and help a great program while listening to some great music. If you have not heard this group before, you are missing out on some really awesome music! Come out a help make a difference in the lives of children in our community.

For more information or to make a donation to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, call Cortney Christenson at the United Way office, 479-782-1311 or go online to

Stuff the Bus is almost here!!

Stuff the Bus is coming up this weekend. We would like to thank our sponsors, Preferred Office Systems, USA Truck, Inc, Graphics Packaging and Harry Robinson Buick-GMC. We would also like to thank our event partners, Walmart, 5NEWS, Spirit 106.3, Clear Channel Radio, UHual and International Paper.  We will have a school bus in front of all the Walmart stores in our six-county service area where you can drop off your donations. Your donation of school supplies will make a difference in the lives of area children.

Follow the link below to see Cortney’s interview on 5 NEWS.

5 NEWS Stuff the Bus Interview

2014 Day of Caring

To view pictures click here

(April 22, 2014, FORT SMITH, AR) –—Over 750 volunteers joined forces today to serve at organizations that improve lives in our communities. Volunteers completed projects from Ozark to Sallisaw and Van Buren to Booneville. United Way Board Chairman, Burton Weis with USA Truck, Inc., spoke at the kick-off breakfast at Golden Corral, on the importance of volunteers to the United Way, thanking them and our sponsors whom without them all this day would not be possible. There were 87 projects in our six-county area which includes, Crawford, Franklin, Logan and Sebastian counties in Arkansas and Leflore and Sequoyah in Oklahoma. United Way Executive Director, Tom Minton announced at the breakfast that the value of the volunteer hours from today adds up to over $65,000. Arvest Bank and Golden Living had the largest number of volunteers for today’s event; both companies had over 50 volunteers participating.

All of the agencies were very thankful for the volunteers and the hours they put in today. Cindy Stokes with Gateway House said “the volunteers were doing a wonderful job”. 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, landscaping and cleanup at the Girls Shelter, Harbor Recovery Center, painting and tile work and Girls, Inc, and the list goes on. Projects were also completed for the cities of Fort Smith, Greenwood, Mulberry, Mansfield, Charleston, and Van Buren.

United Way of Fort Smith Area holds Day of Caring each year in April

United Way of Fort Smith Area provides funding for 33 non-profit agencies in their six-county service area. You can contact them on their website


2013 Campaign Wrap Up Luncheon

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(April 16th, 2014, FORT SMITH, AR) –— Leaders of this year’s United Way of Fort Smith Area’s campaign applauded the hard work of hundreds of companies and volunteers, announcing they had raised over 2 million. These dollars will go back into the community 100%, through allocations to our Community Partner Agencies, Community Impact Grants and our Response Fund.  2013 Board Chairperson, Steve Griffin, welcomed everyone to the gathering, held at the Holiday Inn City Center in Fort Smith. He recognized the United Way Board, Staff and United Way agencies representatives that were in attendance. The welcome was followed by 2013 Campaign Chairperson Bill Hanesworth, showing a “wrap up” video and speaking about the impact United Way makes on our community as well as the road ahead.  Bill Hanesworth, along with United Way Executive Director, Tom Minton then gave out 2013 Campaign Awards. A special thank you was given to all the award winning companies and individuals, for going above and beyond in this year’s campaign to make it such a success. The following awards were given out:

Campaign Leader’s Award- Baldor
Chairman’s Award- Arkansas Best Corporation
Most Resourceful Campaign- Golden Living
Spirit of Community Award-Times Record and Spirit 106.3
Spirit of Caring- Mercy and Sherry Sims from Rheem
CEO Leadership Award- Judy McReynolds from Arkansas Best Corporation
Coordinator of the Year- Gina Stafford from Baldor
First Step Award- Graphics Packaging
Car Dealership Campaign- Smith Auto Group
Crawford County- Simmons Prepared Foods
Education- Fort Smith Public Schools, University of Arkansas –Fort Smith
Extra Effort Award-Propak Logistics Inc. and Gerdau
Finance and Banking- Arvest Bank, First National Bank of Fort Smith, Citizens Band & Trust, Community National Bank-Booneville, Firstar Bank, United Federal Credit Union
Franklin County- Hug Chevrolet
Government Award- City of Fort Smith
LeFlore County Award- Champ Hinton
Manufacturing Division- Weldon, Williams & Lick and Pernod Ricard
Oil & Gas Division- Stephens Productions
Partner Agency Award- Fort Smith Boys and Girls Club
Professional Division- Brown Hiller Clark and Associates and Beall Barclay & Company, LLC
Retail Division- Walmart

United Way of Fort Smith Area serves a six-county area. Crawford, Franklin, Logan and Sebastian counties in Arkansas and Leflore and Sequoyah counties in Oklahoma. For more information, please go to our website at, or call 479-782-1311.


United Way Campaign Wrap Up

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

Friends of the United Way of Fort Smith Area will gather on April 16th at 11:30am to celebrate and recognize those who have participated in the 2013-2014 annual giving campaign. The campaign continues in a year-round effort to serve the community. The Wrap-Up Luncheon will be held at the Holiday Inn City Center in Fort Smith.

We will announce our campaign outcomes at the luncheon as well as announce the winners of our campaign awards. 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.

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 and our community impact grants.

Please come out and join us for lunch  at this United Way Campaign Wrap-up celebration. Celebrate those that came together in these hard economic times to make our community a better place to live and raise our families.

It’s Time to Sign Up for Day of Caring 2014!!!!

United Way will hold its annual Day of Caring on April 22nd.  There will be projects in several towns in our service area. If you would like to see the projects and sign up, click here. Deadline to sign up and get a t-shirt is March 28th.

United Way Car Campaign

United Way Car Campaign

These local dealerships have agreed to make a
donation to United Way of Fort Smith Area for
vehicles sold during the month of March, or to
conduct a workplace campaign.

Visit these dealerships and help your
community when you purchase
a new or used vehicle!

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 »

United Way of Fort Smith Area Community Needs Survey

Below you will find a link to our Community Needs Assesment Survey. Please take a few moments to answer this survey for us. United Way of Fort Smith Area, which funds and advocates for human services for Sebastian, Crawford, Franklin, and Logan Counties in Arkansas and Leflore and Sequoyah Counties in Oklahoma. Your participation will be very useful in evaluating the current needs of our area. If you have questions about the survey or its results, please feel free to contact the United Way office at 479-782-1311.

Click here to take survey

Agency Day of Caring Project Sign-Up

Agency Day of Caring Project Sign-Up – Deadline January 24, 2014

 It is time to schedule your agency’s Day of Caring Projects.  April brings the opportunity to complete much needed projects by volunteers with a range of skills and talents.  There is no limit but your imagination for possible projects.  The United Way Day of Caring is an incredible opportunity to tackle large and small projects at your agency or facility.  You might use a volunteer team to interact with your clients or students, paint or do repair work, or landscape your agency’s grounds.  Use your imagination to develop creative, worthwhile projects that volunteers will enjoy!  If you can dream it, it’s very possible that someone will do it!  If your agency staff often says, “I wish we had someone to…”, then consider submitting that project by January 24.

It is also a way to showcase your agency and its services to the area:  a ready made marketing opportunity.  Volunteers often become involved with on-going volunteer opportunities at your agency.  Your participation also shows the community partnership between your agency and United Way of Fort Smith Area.

Morning projects should plan to begin at approximately 8:45 a.m., but please be prepared if volunteers arrive earlier.  Those projects further away should add drive time to 8:30 a.m.  Agency projects are not confirmed until you receive confirmation from United Way that volunteers are scheduled.  Updates will be provided.

 If your agency also has facilities (campgrounds, satellite office, etc.) in outlying areas, submit projects for these locations.  Be sure to include agency contact and location for outlying projects.

Do not rely upon additional items for your project’s success.  Agencies should plan to provide or arrange for donations of all project material in advance.  Agencies will provide drinks and lunch for volunteers.  Elaborate lunches are certainly not necessary.  Sandwiches, pizza, barbeque, etc. are perfectly fine for volunteers and appreciated!

 Day of Caring celebration events will be held in Fort Smith and surrounding communities.  Details will be provided later.


Save The Date for 2014

Save the Date for events coming this year.

April 16th – Campaign Wrap Up

April 22nd – Day of Caring

July 17th-18th – Stuff the Bus

August 1- Pacesetter Campaign begins

TBA-Family Care Fair

September 24th- Campaign Kickoff

TBA-Power of the Purse

Harry Robinson Sierra Full of Joy

Thank You Harry Robinson Buick, GMC and your customers for filling the back of this beautiful GMC Sierra pickup with diapers, toys and coats. Thank you to Alyssa and Jackie for bringing them by and to Cathy for all the work she put into this!


Harry Robinson Buick GMC Partners With United Way

Harry Robinson Buick GMC is working with the United Way of Fort Smith to help meet the needs of those locally needing our help this season. For the Sierra Full of Joy event, we are asking you to help us fill the GMC Sierra on our showroom floor with Coats, Diapers, Toys etc. The drive will benefit the Crisis Intervention Center, Esther House & Gateway House. Harry Robinson Buick GMC (6000 S 36th Street) is the donation site for the drive. We are so excited about this event & would love to fill the Sierra several times over. (December 3rd-13th)



The Great United Way Round Up!!!

Round Up Participating ResturantsComing to a restaurant near you!!! Support the United Way during “The Great United Round Up” December 2nd-7th! Visit any of these participating restaurants and donate one dollar to the United Way! Help us as we “Round Up” cash to support the United Way! Did you know 100% of your donation stays in out six-county area? The United Way serves four counties in Arkansas and two in Oklahoma. The Great United Way Round Up – December 2nd-7th, sponsored by Channel 5, Times Record and!

University of Arkansas Fort Smith Book Donation Drive

UA Fort Smith hosted a book drive on Thursday, November 7th as part of Homecoming. The theme was Once Upon a Homecoming so the Student Activities Office decided to add a book drive this year as one of the eight competitions during that week. Books were brought to the Homecoming Bonfire between 9p-10p on November 7th by 17 student organizations on campus, collecting 1,115 books. The group winning first place, bringing in 256 books, was Sigma Nu Fraternity. Second place, with 203 books, was Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, and third place, with 150 books, were the University Student Ambassadors. The week also included a banner competition, board painting competition, megaphone decorating competition, yell competition, hunt competition, parade float competition, tailgating competition, and king and queen competition, all leading up to the Homecoming Game and Crowning Ceremony on November 9th. The books were donated to local United Way agencies, Girls, Inc., Lincoln Childcare and Fort Smith Boys and Girls Club.

2013 Holiday Giving Guide


Dear Volunteers and Donors,

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 LIVE UNITED.

The 2013 Holiday Giving guide makes it easier for everyone to LIVE UNITED. 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. Because certain opportunities fill quickly, you should contact the agency as early as possible in the season.

This is the seventh year for the United Way Giving Guide and we were thrilled to hear some great feedback from organizations that have benefited from this list. This is just one of the many success stories we have received over the years from agencies that have had needs met by individuals who picked up the annual giving guide.  Please share this guide with your neighbors, co-workers, friends, and family. We hope that the 2013 guide will help make many more wishes come true for agencies and individuals in our area. Click on  the link below to view the guide.

Thank you for giving and volunteering this holiday season. Thank you for choosing to LIVE UNITED.

Tom Minton,
Executive Director


2013 Holiday Giving Guide

Power of the Purse October 30th

This is our Duck Dynasty Bag for our 8th Annual Power of the Purse. This bag includes a camouflaged duffle bag, camouflaged Under Armour hat, $100 credit towards a 3 days 2 nights stay for two, Season 1 and 2 DVD autographed by Phil, Willie, Jase and Si and an autographed Happy, Happy, Happy book from Phil. Power of the Purse raises funds for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. Through this program our United Way sends books to children, birth to five years, at no cost to the parent. If you would like more information on the program or for tickets to the event, contact Angie at 479-782-1311.Duck Dynasty

United Way Donates Bicycles to Step Up, Speak Out

Tim Minton, United Way of Fort Smith Area, an David Burton, First National
Bank, stage two dozen bicycles to be given away at the Step Up Speak Out
Block Parties tonight 5-7pm in Fort Smith, Van Buren, Lavaca and
Greenwood and tomorrow night in Poteau OK.

SUSO Bikes

Severe Storm Spotter Class Cancelled

The Severe Storm Spotter class scheduled for tomorrow at the Fort Smith Public Library has been cancelled. Due to the government shutdown the National Weather Service representative will not be able to conduct the training class. We will let you know when we reschedule.

United Way Video Library

We have added several new videos to our video library.
Click here to view the videos. The new videos we are adding are personal
stories about how our partner agencies are making a difference
in the lives of our neighbors, families and friends.

USA TRUCK Wins Pacesetter of the Year



September 25, 2013, Fort Smith – United Way of Fort Smith Area kicked off its 2013 Campaign with a celebration luncheon at the Holiday Inn City Center in Fort Smith. A large crowd attended the event including community leaders, United Way’s leadership, volunteers and agency representatives. United Way Executive Director, Tom Minton gave the welcome and introduction of the volunteer campaign staff. These volunteers are from several local businesses and serve as team leaders during the campaign. He also introduced the video that will be used during this campaign; the title is “Did You Know”. The video addresses input that was received from donors about things they did not know about United Way of Fort Smith Area.  You can view the video on the United Way website at

United Way Board Chairman Steve Griffin from Arvest  Bank, introduced 2013 Campaign Chairman, Bill Hanesworth. Bill addressed the crowd saying,” One of this year’s goals for our campaign was to raise awareness of United Ways impact in the Arkansas and Oklahoma communities it serves. This need to raise awareness became the genesis for this year’s campaign theme “Did you know?”. It’s simple people want to know how their donations are improving the communities where they live. And why shouldn’t they. ? For example, Did you know that no salaries or administrative expenses are paid out of community donations? It is one reason out of hundreds of examples that we feel United Way is the best investment anyone could make in our community.


USA Truck was named the 2013 Pacesetter of the Year.  Points were given if the company met the specified criteria; USA Truck received the highest score. Pacesetters run their campaign during the month of August to help jumpstart the United Way fund drive. Our Pacesetter total to date is $1,046,753.00.

In closing Executive Director, Tom Minton spoke and showed a personal testimonial video from a donor who was provided services by a United Way Agency. Saying “this is why we do what we do”.

The goal of the campaign is to continue meeting the needs of the community. In 2012, the campaign raised over $2.1 million dollars, all of which was reinvested back into the community. The goal for the 2013 campaign is to increase donor participation. If you would like to hold a workplace campaign and help us in our efforts, please call Dee Long or Mitzy Little at 479 782 1311.

Pacesetter companies are: Arkansas Best Corporation; ATU-Ozark Campus; Arvest Bank; AT&T; Baldor Electric Company; BancorpSouth; Benefit Bank; Brown Hiller Clark & Associates; Citizens Bank & Trust; Community National Bank; Experian; Farmers Bank; First National Bank of Fort Smith; Golden Living; Greenwood Public Schools; Hanna Oil & Gas; Kraft/Planters; Liberty Bank of Arkansas; Oklahoma Gas & Electric, Rheem Manufacturing Corporation; Simmons First National Bank; UPS-Fort Smith; UPS-Sallisaw, and USA Truck.


United Way Severe Storm Spotter Training

Fire/EMS, Emergency Management,
Disaster Volunteers, Communications,
Law Enforcement, Publics Works,
Road Department are all welcome!

Training Instructor will be Ed Calianese
with the National Weather Service in Tulsa.

When: Thursday, October 10, 2013
Time: 2 pm to 4 pm
Where: Community Room
Fort Smith Public Library
Main Branch, Rogers Ave.

Click here to register.

Registration is required by Monday, October 7th
or contact Mitzy Little at 479-782-1311


Color Me for Kids is not about your 10 Min/Mile pace but more about having the time of your life & supporting a great cause.  It is a 5-kilometer race, where at each kilometer, participants are doused from head to toe in different colors.  The fun continues at the finish line where you can participate in a group ‘throwing of the paint,’ using more colored powder to create happiness & lasting memories.

There are only two rules:

1. Wear white at the start line

2. Finish plastered in color

Color Me for Kids is a benefit fun for Hamilton  House, which exists to ensure children that are disclosing abuse & neglect are not further victimized.  You can find out more information at

The race will be held at Chaffee at 8 am.  Every participant will receive a t-shirt, goody bag, and have a whole lot of fun!  The race is for all fitness levels.

You can sign up online at: or at any First National Bank.

Remember, all employees get the discounted rate of $20.  If you have any questions, please contact Mistii Elmore or myself.

Sign up today! 

SAVE THE DATE – 8th Annual Power of the Purse

United Way of Fort Smith Area 8th Annual Power of the Purse

United Way of Fort Smith Area is proud to host the 8th annual Power of the Purse to benefit Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Imagination Library is the organization’s early childhood literacy initiative which provides age appropriate books to children from birth to age five once a month. This year’s event will feature high-end handbags and unique theme bags for auction.  Our Mistress of Ceremonies will be Ashley Beck from 5 News. We will also have a guest speaker, Kelly Swanson. Kelly is a comedian, motivational speaker, and author of the book “Who Hijacked My Fairy Tale”. Tickets are $35. Reserved and corporate tables are available. For more information, call Angie at 479-782-1311 or email her at

WHO:       United Way of Fort Smith Area

WHAT:     Power of the Purse Luncheon and Auction

WHEN:     Thursday, October 30, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

WHERE:   Holiday Inn City Center, Fort Smith

“Did You Know” 2013 Campaign Kick-Off

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 2013 fundraising campaign. In 2012, United Way raised over $2.1 million dollars through its annual drive.

WHO:       United Way of Fort Smith Area

WHAT:     Campaign Kick-off Lunch

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 2013 Campaign.

The results of United Way’s August Pacesetter Campaign will be announced. Bill Hanesworth, 2013 Campaign Chairman will kick-off the “Did You Know” campaign and also present the Pacesetter of the Year Award. The event is open to the community.

For more information, you may contact Mitzy Little, Marketing Director at

479-782-1311 or

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 Family Care Fair

Bring your family out to our Family Care Fair this Saturday, August 10 from 10am to 3pm at Kay Rodgers Expo. The admission is free and there will be free haircuts for school-age children, free health screenings for the families, including mammograms by Mercy. Arvest Bank will be providing free hot dogs from 11am to 1pm. The haircuts and hot dogs are on a first come, first serve basis.

Click here to see all the service agencies that will be attending.


The answer to our questions is six.

78% of those voting got the correct answer. Our six county area includes
Crawford, Franklin, Logan and Sebastian counties in Arkansas and
Leflore and Sequoyah counties in Oklahoma.

Thank you for participating in our poll.



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

United Way Family Care Fair


A free community health fair for the entire family will be held on Saturday, August 10th from 10am to 3pm at the Kay Rodgers Park Expo, located at 4400 Midland Blvd in Fort Smith.

The Family Care Fair sponsored by United Way of Fort Smith Area, will bring together more than 40 vendors that will provide services and educational materials on important issues that affect local families. Mercy will provide dietary/nutrition, diabetes education, mammography screening, heart and lung health, exercises for children and much more. Arvest will provide information on how to do a family budget, AT&T will provide information on texting safety, Fort Smith Fire Department will be there with their fire safety “Smoke House”, the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Department will be there to fingerprint children, and Vanity Calls will provide free haircuts to children, just to name a few.

United Way and local service providers are hoping for a good turnout to take advantage of the free health screenings, information on healthy behaviors, and important safety demonstrations. The hope is that everyone in the United Way six-county service area will think about what they can do to help make it easier for themselves and those around them to make healthy decisions like eating healthy, incorporating physical activity into their daily routines and promote child safety. This event is an example of how local service providers can work together to support good health and strong families.

Family Care Fair Flyer

Spanish Flyer Spanish Flyer

Stuff the Bus

July 26 and July 27 with school supplies.

(FORT SMITH, AR) –— DID YOU KNOW?…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 26 and 27, United Way of Fort Smith Area is asking you to help them stuff 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 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 2012, more than 44,000 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 locations on July 26 from 9am to 9pm and July 27 from 9am to 1pm. Your donation will make a difference in a child’s life!

For more information, contact Cortney Christenson, Stuff the Bus Coordinator at 479-782-1311 or

The United Way of Fort Smith Area serves Crawford, Franklin, Logan and Sebastian counties in Arkansas and LeFlore and Sequoyah counties in Oklahoma. Through the generosity of our donors United Way is able to provide funding to 33 community partner agencies in our six-county area.

Stuff the Bus Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed to help with Stuff the Bus on July 26th and 27th, at Walmart locations in Fort Smith.
Volunteers will be asked to hand out school supply lists and to help sort school supplies.
Volunteers will be asked to work 2 hour shifts. We have various shifts open each day.
If you sign up this week you will be provided with a free t shirt!

If you would like to volunteer please call 479-782-1311 and ask for Cortney.

Stuff the Bus – Did You Know?

Did You Know, each year United Way of Fort Smith Area  holds Stuff the Bus at all the area Walmart stores?
Stuff the Bus is a drive where we collect school supplies for local school children that may not be able to afford
the required supplies to start the school year?  In 2012 we were able to collect over 44,000
packages of school supplies.

The supplies are given to local school districts to distribute to children that they know are in need.
The supplies that are collected on Friday at the Fort Smith locations, go to
the school districts in our area that do not have a Walmart store in their town, such as Arkoma, Cedarville,
Charleston, County Line, Hackett, Hartford, Lavaca, Magazine, Mansfield, Monroe, Scranton. In the towns
that have a Walmart store, such as Alma, Booneville, Greenwood, Ozark, Paris, Sallisaw, and Van Buren,
they give to that school district the supplies they collect. Everything that is collected at the Fort Smith
Walmart stores on Saturday goes to the Fort Smith School District.

If you would like to volunteer, click here




Stuff the Bus

Save the date……. The dates for Stuff the Bus are July 26th and 27th.

For information on signing up as a volunteer or putting boxes at you business, click here.


Day of Caring Thank You

Group Photo

United Way Board Member, Dana Craig who works for OG&E along with Robin Arnold and several other OG&E employees presenting a thank you to Matt Jones, Garden Center Manager at Lowes. Lowes assisted OG&E with supplies they used for a United Way Day of Caring project they completed at the Mulberry Senior Center.

Volunteers Are Needed

Friends of Salvation Army,

KISR Radio Station is going to be co-ordinating a Cash/Check monetary Drive to raise donations for the OKLAHOMA TORNADO RELIEF.


They are going to be having a Parking Lot Drive at Central Mall beginning this evening, Tuesday (pending approval from Central Mall Management) 5pm until 8pm and going thru 9am -8pm on WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY & FRIDAY.

We are going to have a RED KETTLE STAND set up there, but they would like Volunteers to man the Kettle.


If you would be AVAILABLE and WILLING Please call Charles Smith @ 479-783-6145 to schedule your time. It will be under a covered tent, outside Central Mall, under the mall sign. There will be chairs to sit and you DONT have to Ring The Bell.

We just need helpers to MAN the KETTLE .

Also, share this with friends who you think might be available and willing to help man the Kettle.

Thank you!

Capt Charlotte

Oklahoma Tornado Relief

We will  be following  the lead of the OKC United Way and set up a line item in our emergency response fund for monetary donations to the relief effort.  These monies will be sent directly to the OKC United Way for them to distribute as needed to agencies they partner with to provide tornado relief.    We will also be in contact with Capt Gargis of the Salvation Army.  Capt. Gargis is the new commander of OKC Salvation Army starting in June but has been called to OKC today to be the On Site Commander for the Salvation Army.  Once he is established we will coordinate with him on anything he needs as it pertains to donations.

If you would like to donate you can mail the donation to:

United Way of Fort Smith Area
P.O. Box 2300
Fort Smith, AR 72902

Or call us at 479-782-1311
Credit Card donations will be accepted.

Job Posting for United Way of Fort Smith Area


The United Way of Fort Smith Area (UWFS) seeks the services of an individual skilled in community research and evaluation.  This is a project-specific engagement for the purpose of developing a community profile and comprehensive assessment of community needs (community defined as the service area of the UWFS).  The results of this research are to be published in a report developed by this individual, that will define the strategic direction, and planning and investment priorities of the UWFS for the next five years.


Please click this link, Research Analyst Position for Needs Assessment to see the entire job description.


NALC Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is this Saturday, May 11th. It is sponsored by the
National Association of Letter Carriers, United States Postal Service and United Way.

Watch for your paper bag arriving in your mail the week before the event, then fill it with
your donation and leave it at the mail box. Local food pantries will take your donation and
share it without charge to families in need. Call Sue at the Community Services
Clearinghouse 479-782-5074 for more information on the Letter Carrier Food Drive.

Day of Caring 2013

With weather reports calling for rain, we were worried about how the day would go.  The weather turned out great and we had wonderful day. We started off at Golden Corral with our kick-off breakfast. Our United Way Board Chairman, Steve Griffin from Arvest and our Executive Director, Tom Minton both spoke. They thanked all of our volunteers and sent them off to their projects. We had over 700 volunteers which added up to over $61,000 in volunteer hours given back to the community. Tom also thanked the sponsors that made this day happen; AOG, BancorpSouth, Citizens Bank and Trust, Experian, First National Bank of Fort Smith, Gerdau, Golden Living, Liberty Bank, Pernod Ricard-Hiram Walker, The Employees of Planters, Rheem, ShellShocked Outdoors, Simmons First, Sykes.

You can see some photos of the day by checking out our Photo Gallery here on our website or by checking out our Facebook page.

Day of Caring Will Go On !!!!

Rain or shine, Day of Caring will go on. We are not going to let rain stop us.
Kickoff breakfast will be at Golden Corral at 7:30 am. After the breakfast we will
all head out to our projects. There will also be a breakfast in Booneville at the
Jeral L. Hampton Meeting Place and in Ozark at the Ozark Area Youth Organization.

We hope your all ready for a fun filled day of Volunteering. You will make
difference in our community.


2012 Campaign Wrap Up Luncheon

(April 17th, 2013, FORT SMITH, AR) –— Leaders of this year’s United Way of Fort Smith Area’s campaign applauded the hard work of hundreds of companies and volunteers, announcing they had raised $2.152 million. These dollars will go back into the community 100%, through allocations to our Community Partner Agencies, Community Impact Grants and our Response Fund.  2012 Board Chairperson, Kathy Babb, welcomed everyone to the gathering, held at the Phoenix Expo in Fort Smith. The welcome was followed by 2012 Campaign Chairperson, Sister Judith Marie Keith giving a campaign overview. Sister Judith along with United Way Executive Director, Tom Minton then gave out 2012 Campaign Awards. A special thank you was given to all the award winning companies and individuals, for going above and beyond in this year’s campaign to make it such a success. The following awards were given out:

Campaign Leader’s Award Cooper Clinic
Chairman’s Award Arkansas Best Corporation
Most Resourceful Campaign Golden Living
Spirit of Community Award Times Record
Spirit of Caring UPS-Fort Smith
CEO Leadership Award Jim Walcott
Coordinator of the Year Janet Chronister
First Step Award Klein Tools
Car Dealership Campaign Smith Auto Group
Corporate Division Baldor Electric Company and Gerdau
Crawford County Simmons Cook Plant
Education Fort Smith Public Schools, UA-Fort Smith,
Van Buren Public Schools, Greenwood
Public Schools and Magazine Public Schools
Finance and Banking Arvest Bank, Citizens Bank & Trust,
Community National Bank-Booneville,
Farmers Bank, First National Bank of Fort
Smith, Firstar Bank, First Western Bank-
Booneville, United Federal Credit Union-
Franklin County Hug Chevrolet, Buick & GMC
Government Award City of Fort Smith
Manufacturing Division Weldon, Williams & Lick and
Exide Technologies
Oil & Gas Division Stephens Productions
Partner Agency Award Stepping Stone School
Professional Division Brown .Hiller .Clark and Associates
Retail Division Target and Walmart

The Thomas P. Foltz Award was given to Lisa Grenier from Kraft/Planters. This award recognizes a a person that goes above and beyond  in their support of the United Way, a person that exemplifies philanthropic leadership through support of the United Way at his or her respective company or organization.  Click here to see photos of today’s event on our Facebook page.

Campaign Wrap Up Luncheon

What: United Way Campaign Wrap Up Luncheon

When: April 17th, 2013, 11:30 am-1:00 pm

Where: Phoenix Expo Center

Why: United Way volunteers, company and community representatives will gather
to help celebrate United Way’s effort to raise $2.1 million for 33 community partner
agencies in a six-county area – Sebastian, Crawford, Franklin and Logan in Arkansas,
Sequoyah and LeFlore in Oklahoma.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to 479-782-1311  by April 10th,
or click here to send confirmation e mail.

Day of Caring 2013-It’s Time to Sign Up

United Way will hold its annual Day of Caring on April 23rd.  There will be projects in several towns in our service area.
If you would like to see the projects and sign up, click here. Deadline to sign up and get a t-shirt is March 29th.

Day of Caring projects to be posted soon!!!!

Day of Caring is coming soon, April 23rd is the big day!!!

Everyone be watching the mail next week for our Day of Caring Coordinator Guide’s.
We will be mailing them out early next week.
We will also be posting the projects here on the website so that signing up will be easy.
All you will need to do is fill out the form and click Submit!! Deadline for signing up is March 29th.

Be watching for the projects to go online, some of them fill up fast.

Save the Date – 2013 Day of Caring

The date has been set for our 2013 Day of Caring.
The date this year will be, Tuesday, April 23rd.
Please mark your calendars, we would love to have you come out and volunteer with us.

More Information coming soon…

2012 Holiday Giving Guide

Create memories with your loved ones this holiday season. Learn more about our volunteer and donation opportunities in Western Arkansas.

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