Community Impact Initiatives

Achieving Community Impact

Community impact means improving lives by mobilizing communities to create sustained changes in community conditions. Its positive impact made possible when people come together to make a difference. These partnerships illustrate the community impact and the commitment made by caring donors and organizations to build a brighter future.

Born Learning

It’s easy and fun to provide early learning opportunities for young children with United Way’s Born Learning tools. You can do it anytime, anywhere – it’s learning on the go!

Visit the web at for a few ideas to turn ordinary activities into eye-opening experiences for children.

Day of Caring

Day of Caring, held during National Volunteer Week in April, is a community-wide event benefiting community partners in Crawford, Franklin, LeFlore, Logan, Sebastian and Sequoyah counties. Each year, Day of Caring unites generous, community-focused people under the common mission of creating real, lasting change in the lives of children, families and seniors, right where we live.

On Day of Caring, volunteer teams from local companies and businesses, families and individuals work together to complete projects and conduct special programs for United Way’s community partners who, much of the time, lack the necessary resources and manpower to tackle the projects. These projects range from reading to children or painting a room to engaging in outdoor activities such as landscaping or washing windows.

Participating in Day of Caring provides an opportunity for building stronger relationships among employees, family members, friends and other community members, while providing an introduction to United Way’s impact and importance in the six-county area.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Imagination Library means books in the hands of children, from birth up to their fifth birthday, to read and keep for their very own personal libraries.

It means parents, older siblings, grandparents, babysitters and others reading, talking and enjoying books together with the children in their lives. Children enrolled receive a new, age-appropriate, hard cover book sent to them at their home each month. The program is offered to families in Crawford, Franklin, Logan and Sebastian counties at no cost.

The program began in 2006 in Sebastian County. It is funded by United Way’s Women’s Leadership Circle with 10% of the members’ United Way contribution going to Imagination Library. In addition, Imagination Library receives proceeds from WLC’s fundraiser Power of the Purse, grants and donations.

To enroll using a printed form to be mailed, click here

To donate using a printed form to be mailed, click here

 FamilyWize Free Prescription Discount       

80 million people in the United States are uninsured and under-insuredIn the last two years, 40% of the U.S. population either didn’t buy medicine they needed or reduced the required dosage because of the high cost!


Health care coverage is one of the top concerns for people in our community.  United Way of Fort Smith Area is committed to helping increase access to affordable health care and getting everyone the medicine they need.  Many people who live and work in our community struggle to pay their bills and have to choose between getting the medicine they need and paying for food, rent or utilities.

We are pleased to partner with FamilyWize to offer this important free prescription discount card program to help everyone in our community.

Since FamilyWize began in 2005, this free prescription assistance program has helped over 4.5 million people save money on their prescription medications.  As you can see from the counter on our homepage, our United Way and other United Ways across the country are working with FamilyWize every day to help more people.

Who Can Use The Prescription Discount Card?

The FamilyWize prescription drug discount cards can be used by everyone in the community for prescription medicine.  Not just people with no insurance.   There are no usage, age, or income limits.

How Does the Card Work?

Simply give the card to the pharmacist with your prescription.  An instant discount— varies by medication—is applied to the prescription medicine.  The card provides pharmacy discounts (up to 75%) on all FDA approved prescription medicine not covered by insurance, Medicaid, Medicare or other benefit plans.  You pay either the discounted price or the pharmacy’s retail price, whichever is lower.

Where Do I Get A Card?

Just click the free prescription discount card on our homepage to print your own.  Or text the word “family” to 700700 and receive card information on your phone.  Take it to one of the 60,000 participating pharmacies to begin saving immediately.

Click here to visit the FamilyWize website.

NALC Food Drive

Each year on the Saturday before Mother’s Day, United Way of Fort Smith Area partners with the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) in the largest annual one-day effort to combat hunger in the United States. Every year, families, letter carriers, postal employees and volunteers do their part to provide tens of thousands of pounds of food to those who are most in need in Crawford and Sebastian counties. Letter carriers deliver the donations to the post offices where volunteers take them to area food banks or pantries.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance

If you don’t have prescription coverage and can’t afford your medicines, you could get help paying for them. United Way of Fort Smith Area is a partner with Partnership for Prescription Assistance of Arkansas to help Arkansans get prescription drugs.

PPA provides a single point of access to public and private patient assistance programs that provide assistance for more than 2,500 brand name medicines and a wide range of generics.

Visit the PPA website here.

Fill the Bus

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. Toward the end of July, United Way of Fort Smith Area asks individuals to help them fill a bus full of supplies to be donated to at-risk children in the six-county area it serves.

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 school work helps children get off on the right foot as they start a new school year.