News & Events

Volunteers Needed for Fill the Bus

Volunteers are needed for Fill the Bus on July 28th and 29th.
The volunteer  shifts are for 2 hours each. 

Click here to volunteer! Or call Carrie Terry at 479-782-1311.

Day of Caring Projects are Online

Celebrating 10 Years – 2016 Holiday Giving Guide

With our 2016 Holiday Giving Guide we celebrate ten years of our donors and volunteers sharing their talents and resources with local non-profit agencies. We invite you to join us in celebrating these past 10 years of the Holiday Giving Guide. Celebrate with us by starting a new tradition of sharing your resources, talents and by inspiring our children and grandchildren to give to those in need during the holiday season.   When shopping for Christmas gifts this season, please keep the United Way Holiday Giving Guide in mind. This guide has the wish lists for several local non-profit agencies. There may be people on your list who might truly appreciate having a donation or a gift to a local non-profit agency made in their name, rather than receiving a tangible gift. A $25 donation to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, through the United Way of Fort Smith Area, will provide books to a local child for a year.   This is a perfect option for people who “have everything” or whose lives have been impacted in some way by one of these agencies or programs. There are also agencies that are in need of volunteers. The holidays are the perfect time for us to take a little time and share our talents with these agencies. Whether it be visiting with the elderly in nursing homes, helping to deliver food to the elderly or organizing a food or toy drive. We know your time is valuable and we so appreciate it when you share it with our community.

Click on the link to view the 2016 Holiday Giving Guide



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. Read the rest of this entry »

United Way of the Fort Smith Area

The United Way of the Fort Smith Area supports 34 organizations making a difference in the lives of thousands of our residents. Watch our new video and learn more.

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United Way’s 12th Annual Power of the Purse

Charming Charlie’s Shopping Event for United Way of Fort Smith Area

Over $950,000 raised in 30 days! Greenwood Public Schools Named Pacesetter of the Year!

September 19, 2017, Fort Smith – United Way of Fort Smith Area kicked off its 2017 Campaign with a celebration luncheon at the Blue Lion in Fort Smith. A large crowd attended the drop in luncheon including community leaders, United Way’s leadership, volunteers and agency representatives. A short program began at noon with United Way Board Chair, Les Smith, from Arvest, giving the welcome and introducing the 2017 Campaign Chair, Sherry Sims, from Rheem. Sherry presented her campaign message to the community and announced the Pacesetter of the Year award winner, Greenwood Public Schools. Pacesetters run their campaign during the month of August to help jumpstart the United Way fund drive. The total dollars raised by Pacesetter companies of $951,210, was announced by United Way President, Eddie Lee Herndon. 

 United Way of Fort Smith Area is at work in your community. We all have a stake in providing opportunities for a better life for all. Together, we can build stronger, healthier, and more prosperous communities.  In 2016, the campaign raised over 1.8 million dollars, all of which was reinvested back into the community.  If you would like to hold a workplace campaign and help United Way in their efforts, please call Penni Burns at 479 782 1311.

“The Pacesetter campaign in August is essential to the overall success of the campaign”, stated Eddie Lee Herndon, UWFSA President”. “At a time when we are nearly overwhelmed with requests, every single donation large or small makes an enormous impact in our community. We are incredibly grateful to all of the companies that helped us achieve nearly half of our goal in just 30 days. ”.

 The Pacesetter companies are: ArcBest Corporation and its subsidiaries; ATU-Ozark Campus; Arvest Bank; AT&T; Baldor Electric Company; BancorpSouth; BHC Insurance; Booneville Public Schools; Citizens Bank & Trust; Community National Bank of Booneville; County Line Public Schools; First National Bank of Fort Smith; Fort Smith Boys & Girls Club; Golden Living; Greenwood Public Schools; Hanna Oil & Gas; OK Foods; Magazine Public Schools; Oklahoma Gas & Electric, Ozark Area Youth Organization; Rheem; Stepping Stone School;  Sykes; UPS-Fort Smith; UPS-Sallisaw; Trane Custom, and United Way of Fort Smith Area.

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.

United Way of Fort Smith Area Campaign Kick-Off and Luncheon

State Farm Neighborhood Assist – Community Services Clearinghouse

The Community Services Clearinghouse needs your help. 
The Clearinghouse Back Pack program has been selected as 1 of 200 finalists nationally to compete for a
$25,000 grant. You can help by voting. Remember we feed 2,500 at risk kids per week during the 36 
week school year and almost 9,000 kids during our 9 week summer program. $25,000 will feed our kids 
for 5 to 6 weeks. We need votes to win. Please vote and tell your friends. Each email address can vote.
Please help by passing this on to anyone and everyone. You can be anywhere to vote for us. California, 
New York, Mexico, etc. All you need is a valid email address and use one of the supported browsers. 
IE10, the latest versions of Chrome, Safari, or Firefox, mobile Safari for IOS, latest models of Android 
mobile devices.
Voting starts AUGUST 16 th . You can vote up to 10 votes per day, all at the same time. Once per day for 
the 10 days. Voting ends at 10:59:59pm Central time (11:59:59pm EST) August 25th. Vote everyday.
Our program is listed as “Kids Helping Kids”. Each program has a picture, a short description, and our 
catch phrase. The list will have all 200 programs. The Top 40 in the end will each receive a check for 
$25,000.00. Put us in the Top 40.
The link is
The above link is to go directly to our program. Please, please pass this on and vote each of the 10 days.

Green Pointe Merchants Association to Host Step Up, Speak Out Block Party

UPS is handing out FREE candy bags.
Gallivanting Ladies apparel will have a FREE face painter set up at her store front.
Petra will be offering FREE blood pressure testing.
Centennial Bank will be here offering FREE hot dogs & chips.
Safelight Auto Glass will be here offering FREE Frisbees.
Talbot’s Clothing will have FREE water & juice boxes.
Creative Jewelry is donating (2) Bikes to GIVE AWAY.
A FREE balloon lady will be here to do some fun twisty-balloons.
Center for Hearing will offer FREE Hearing test.
Colquitt & Co. Bath & Body will serve FREE ice cold watermelon cups.
Hanging City is offering FREE design your own T-Shirts.
Baby Chic will have a Duck Pond game to play.
Hanger Management will have a Side Walk Chalk contest.

Fort Smith Public Schools Summer Meals Program

2nd Annual Touch A Truck Wednesday, June 14th

United Way of Fort Smith Area is excited to announce its 2nd Annual Touch-A-Truck, a FREE Child Safety and Wellness Event. The event will be held June 14th from 10am to 2pm at Van Buren High School. In the case of inclement weather follow our social media for any changes.
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, fireman, 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, Life Flight Helicopter, military vehicles, and the Army National Guard Recruitment and Retention will provide an obstacle course.

In addition to equipment and vehicles, local businesses will provide hotdogs, chips, drinks and popsicles. The event also serves an educational value on top of being great entertainment for the kids. There will be several tables set up with literature available on a wide variety of child safety and wellness topics. The Van Buren Police Dept. will provide car seat safety information, Donald W. Reynolds Cancer Support House will provide sun safety tips, Step Up, Speak Out, Hamilton House and the Morgan Nick Foundation will provide child safety information, just to name a few.

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 ever have the chance to do.  We encourage parents, Boys and Girls Clubs, preschool programs, Mother’s Day Out groups, daycares, church groups, to bring their children out for a great day of fun and learning!




Weldon, Williams & Lick Bass Tournament Postponed

WELDON, WILLIAMS & LICK BASS TOURNAMENT POSTPONED!! Due to swift water on the Arkansas River and with more rain predicted for Friday and Saturday the tournament has been postponed until July 15th. For more information call Burel Schaberg at 479-353-8717.