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. If you sign up by July 5th
you get a free t shirt!

Click here to volunteer! 

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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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.

Community Resource Guide

The United Way of Fort Smith Area is pleased to present the 2017 edition of the 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.


Save the Date – 2nd Annual Touch A Truck

Weldon, Williams & Lick Golf Tourney Rescheduled

The Weldon, Williams & Lick United Way Golf Tournament set for April 29th has been rescheduled. Due to inclement weather the golf tourney will now be held on September 16th. 

Day of Caring a Big Success!

Over 800 people from local businesses and organizations volunteered their time on Tuesday, April 18th, as the United Way of Fort Smith Area held it 24th annual Day of Caring event. Volunteer teams from local businesses paired up with non-profit agencies in the Fort Smith area such as the Crisis Intervention Center, Community Services Clearinghouse, Project Compassion, all the local Boys and Girls Clubs and many more. “While we are busy at our workplaces every day, there are a lot of people in our community who need help. Day of Caring is a way we can help serve others and give back to our community. It’s a great day and we look forward to it every year,” said Mitzy Little, Marketing Director, United Way of Fort Smith Area.

Day of Caring began with a kick-off breakfast at Harry E. Kelley Riverfront Park in Fort Smith, and the Jeral L. Hampton Meeting Place in Booneville. Speakers included United Way of Fort Smith Area Board Chairman, Les Smith from Arvest Bank and Fort Smith Mayor, Sandy Sanders. After the breakfast, volunteers headed out to their project sites to assist with hands-on projects such as painting, cleaning, landscaping, visiting with the elderly, and much more.

“Day of Caring is a huge event for us. We had 91 projects with over 800 volunteers. We are thrilled that businesses and individuals from around the community are willing to donate time and energy to this community. We live in a great community,” said Eddie Lee Herndon, President of United Way of Fort Smith Area.

Sponsors making this event possible were, AOG, Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus, Armstrong Bank, Centennial Bank, Citizens Bank and Trust, Experian, First National Bank of Fort Smith, Gerdau, Golden Living, Grand Savings Bank, Graphic Packaging, Harry Robinson Buick GMC, Preferred Office Products, Regions Bank, Rheem, Sykes and USA Truck.

United Way of Fort Smith Area provides funding for 33 non-profit agencies in their six-county service area.

Day of Caring Breakfast

Day of Caring breakfast will be at Harry E. Kelley Riverfront Park at 8am in the morning! We got word that the weather will cooperate! #unitedwayfsa #dayofcaring