News & Events

Sign up now for United Way of Fort Smith Area’s 25th Annual Day of Caring!

Day of Caring is April 26th. If you sign up by March 16th you get a free Day of Caring t shirt. 

Day of Caring, is a community-wide event benefiting community partners in Crawford, Franklin, LeFlore, Logan, Sebastian and Sequoyah counties. Each year, Day of Caring unites generous, community-focused people under the common mission of creating real, lasting change in the lives of children, families and seniors, right where we live.

On Day of Caring, volunteer teams from local companies and businesses, families and individuals work together to complete projects and conduct special programs for United Way’s community partners who, much of the time, lack the necessary resources and manpower to tackle the projects. These projects range from playing games with a senior citizen or painting a room to engaging in outdoor activities such as landscaping, carpentry or metal work. 

Participating in Day of Caring provides an opportunity for building stronger relationships among employees, family members, friends and other community members, while providing an introduction to United Way’s impact and importance in the six-county area. 


To view projects and sign up, click on the city name below.
When a project fills up and there are no more volunteer spots for that project,
it will be listed as full

Fort Smith
Van Buren

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 »

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. 

Weldon, Williams and Lick United Way Bass Tournament

25th Annual Day of Caring April 26th, 2018


We will be posting a link to our Day of Caring projects soon!
We have 113 projects this year and need 1000 volunteers!

Save the Date! Rising in the River Valley!

Celebrating 90 Years #tbt

Rising in the River Valley Feb 14th

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

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