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Community Resource Guide

United Way of Fort Smith Area Community Resource Guide

The purpose of the resource guide, in keeping with the mission of United Way, is connecting people and resources to make a lasting change and impact. The coverage area of the United Way of Fort Smith Area includes Sebastian County, Crawford County, Logan County, and Franklin County in Arkansas and LeFlore County and Sequoyah County in Oklahoma. Please keep in mind that the information in the resource guide is a constant and ever changing project. 

Community Resource 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 »

Power of the Purse 2018

Save the Date! Power of the Purse, October 24th.

Our speaker will be Betsy Allen Manning, call 479-782-1311
to get your tickets.

90th Anniversary Celebration and Campaign Kick-Off

90th Anniversary Celebration and 2018 Campaign Kick-Off featuring multi-platinum country recording artist, Mark Wills. Reception starts at 5:30 pm, dinner and awards at 6:30 pm, Mark Wills will preform at 7:30 pm. We will be honoring our former board chairpersons, board members and campaign chairpersons. Dress is business casual. Individual ticket price is $60. Call 479-782-1311 for ticket and table sponsor information.

Community Leadership Conference Presentations

We had several wonderful speakers at our Community Leadership Conference, that shared some great information.
We received several requests for these presentations, so we are providing them to you.
We will add more presentations as they become available.

You can view and download presentations here:

Fill the Bus July 27th and 28th

Join us Friday, July 27th and Saturday, July 28th for Fill the Bus!
Friday from 9am to 9 pm, and Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm. We will be ” filling the bus”
with school supplies for local children. The supplies collected will be given to local
schools to be distributed to children in their district that may need help getting prepared to
start a new school year.

Walmart locations where you will find a school bus are:

  • 3108 N Broadway St, Poteau, OK
  • 1101 W Ruth Ave, Sallisaw, OK
  • 1501 E Walnut St, Paris, AR – Friday Only
  • 1400 East Main St, Booneville, AR
  • 1516 N 18th St, Ozark, AR
  • 551 Liberty Dr, Greenwood, AR
  • 367 W Cherry St, Alma, AR
  • 2214 Fayetteville Rd, Van Buren, AR
  • 8301 Rogers Ave, Fort Smith, AR
  • 2100 No. 62nd St, Fort Smith, AR – Kelley Hwy
  • 2425 South Zero St, Fort Smith, AR
  • 4900 Rogers Ave, Fort Smith, AR
  • 8600 US 71 South, Fort Smith, AR


Community Leadership Conference


On July 24th the United Way of Fort Smith Area, along with the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, Arvest Wealth Management, and First National Bank of Fort Smith, will host the first Community Leadership Conference at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith. The conference will be from 9 am to 4 pm. and will include 2 key note addresses from Dave Sanderson, author of “Moments Matter”, and breakout sessions from key leaders including John Kopta, Dr. Phillip McClure, Katie Lejong, Beth Presley, Dr. Edward Serna, Jordan Hale and Christina Williams. The sessions will cover pertinent topics for our nonprofit and corporate leaders. Follow this link to the UAFS Marketplace for registration information.

Touch A Truck June 21st

Fill the Bus Volunteer Registration

Volunteers needed for Fill the Bus!

Click here to sign up for Fill the Bus!
You will need register by June 29th to receive your free t shirt.

Let us know which location you want to volunteer at
and we will let you know what times are available. 

Volunteer slots will be on Friday, July 27th:
9:00 am – 11:00 am
11:00 am- 1:00 pm
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
5:00 pm- 7:00 pm
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Saturday, July 28th:
9:00 am – 11:00 am
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

3rd Annual Touch A Truck June 21st

United Way of Fort Smith Area is excited to announce its 3rd Annual Touch-A-Truck, a FREE Child Safety and Wellness Event. The event will be held June 21st from 10 am to 2 pm 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, and several agencies will be providing child safety information. 

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!




United Way of Fort Smith Area 3rd Annual Touch – A – Truck

United Way of Fort Smith Area presents “Keeping Kids Safe”



In consideration of Child Abuse Awareness/Sexual Assault Awareness month, The United Way of Fort Smith Area will be hosting a community awareness event called Keeping Kids Safe. Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, along with The Crisis Intervention Center, The Hamilton House, The Morgan Nick Foundation and criminal prosecutors will be providing expert insight into the alarming reality of crimes against children, child exploitation and sexual assault. This panel of experts will address current reporting mandates, newest legislation, local resources, education, prevention, and how agencies work together to help victims and their families. “Children are our greatest resource to help secure a successful future. Unfortunately, they are also an extremely vulnerable population. The public needs to know that law enforcement agencies, schools and non-profit agencies have a strong  partnership and work together to make sure that every child in every community feels safe,” says a representative of the Alma Police Department. “Events like this bring awareness to the public and strengthen local partnerships. These two things are key in protecting and saving lives.”

“Our goal is to educate the public on the issue and let them know that multiple agencies are working together to address the tragedy,” says Penni Burns, Vice President of Resource Development for United Way. “We have more than a dozen nonprofit, state and local agencies that have a tremendous responsibility when it comes to the safety and well-being of children. And these agencies have to work responsibly with the local school districts and the families of the victims. We want all of them to have an event where they can come together, have some productive discussion, and share their resources with the public,” she adds. “We encourage everyone to make an effort to stop by and see the great efforts that are being made by our community to keep our kids safe.”

Author and human rights activist Debby Schriver will also be in attendance. She contributes a unique perspective on child exploitation. She has interviewed multiple survivors who were victims of childhood exploitation while their families were involved in cults. She is currently establishing a nonprofit to help survivors have ample resources and access to appropriate counseling. Her latest book, Whispering in the Daylight, the Children of Tony Alamo Ministries and Their Journey to Freedom aims to bring awareness to the persistence of cults in our society and how survivors are finding success.

The event will be held on April 24th at the Alma Community Center at 114 Column Lane East and will be moderated by the United Way of Fort Smith Area and the Alma Police Department. Panel discussions and public input will be from 2:30 to 4 pm. Debby Schriver will address the room and offer a book signing from 4 to 4:30. Light refreshments will be served and the public in invited and encouraged to attend.

Any agency interested in providing resource materials may contact Penni Burns at 479-782-1311.

The United Way of Fort Smith Area unites people and resources in a six county area to make lasting, impactful change through a collaboration with 34 local Community Partner Agencies.