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.