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2017 Holiday Giving Guide

With our 2017 Holiday Giving Guide we celebrate eleven 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 11 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 2017 Holiday Giving Guide


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

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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Save the Date! Rising in the River Valley!

Celebrating 90 Years #tbt

Rising in the River Valley Feb 14th

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


90th Anniversary 1928-2018

As part of our year long 90th Anniversary celebration we will be posting a #tbt each week. Our first is from circa 1954 when we were still the Community Chest. If you have any history on the pictures we post, please contact us at 479-782-1311 or In 1928 we started as the Community Chest, transitioning to the United Fund and then to United Way. Hundreds of thousands of lives have been touched by the generosity of our donors and volunteers over the last 90 years. The work continues on,if you or your company would like to join us as a donor or volunteer, call us at 479-782-1311 or email #unitedwayfsa #liveunited

#GivingTuesday 2017

#GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, to kick off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities.This year, #GivingTuesday falls on November 28. We would like to remind you that every penny donated to United Way of Fort Smith Area is invested locally in our Community Partner Agencies and initiatives. No part of your donation goes to overhead for our office, 100% is given back to our community. 

#GivingTuesday harnesses the potential of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities; it provides a platform for them to encourage the donation of time, resources and talents to address local challenges. It also brings together the collective power of a unique blend of partners— nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses and corporations, as well as families and individuals—to encourage and amplify small acts of kindness.

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United Way Donates to Cameron Schools

(Fort Smith, AR, October 30, 2017):  United Way of Fort Smith Area presented Cameron Public Schools with a donation on Monday October 30th at 9am. The check presentation took place at the school located at 15899 Church St. in Cameron, Oklahoma. This donation will be used to replace computer tablets, cases, and software that were destroyed in a devastating fire that consumed their High School in August.

This donation comes from the United Way of Fort Smith Area’s Response Fund. This Response Fund is available for emerging or emergency needs. These grants are given on a one-time basis and available throughout the year as needed.  A request was made by Cameron School Superintendent, Jim Caughern, the request was taken before the United Way Board of Director’s and approved. “On behalf of the board of directors, United Way of Fort Smith Area is honored to be able to help the Administration, Faculty, and students of Cameron during this time of recovery. Education is a key pillar for United Way and being able to help our local students is very important to our mission,” said United Way of Fort Smith Area President, Eddie Lee Herndon. 

The United Way of Fort Smith Area has a six-county service area, this area includes LeFlore and Sequoyah counties in Oklahoma and Sebastian, Crawford, Franklin, and Logan counties in Arkansas. The United Way of Fort Smith Area focuses efforts and resources around the three core issues: Health, Education and Financial Stability.


United Way’s 12th Annual Power of the Purse

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