Partner With Us
Advancing the common good means creating opportunities for a better life for everyone in our six-county area; Crawford, Franklin, LeFlore, Logan, Sebastian and Sequoyah counties. Because when we reach out to one, we improve the condition of all.
We all win when a child succeeds in school, when families are financially stable and when people are in good health. These results and changes have benefits that ripple out to the community as a whole.
Our goal is to create long-lasting changes that prevent problems from happening in the first place. Our success is measured, not only in dollars raised, but also in lives improved and goals achieved.
Much more than a fund-raising organization, United Way directs resources toward our communities’ most pressing health and human service issues and serves as a vital link between those who can help and those who need help.
The work of our 31 community partners is aligned with the goals of our impact areas.
- Financial Stability
ARC for the River Valley
Boys & Girls Club of the Diamond Hills
Boys and Girls Club of Leflore County
Boys & Girls Club of Sequoyah County
Boys & Girls Club of South Logan County
Boys & Girls Club of Van Buren
Boy Scouts, Westark Area Council
Center for Arkansas Legal Services
Community Dental Clinic
Community Services Clearinghouse
Crawford County Senior Citizens Center
Crisis Intervention Center
Fort Smith Boys & Girls Clubs
Girl Scouts – Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas
Girls Shelter of Fort Smith
Lincoln Childcare Center
Literacy Council of Western Arkansas
Next Step Homeless Services
Ozark Area Youth Organization
Parents As Teachers
River Valley Regional Foodbank
Sebastian County Boys & Girls Club
Sebastian Retired Citizens Assoc. (SRCA)
Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Crawford, Franklin and Sebastian Counties
Stepping Stone School
United Way of Fort Smith Area
120 North 13th Street
Fort Smith, AR 72901
For questions or further information, please contact Angie Ruth, Director of Finance and Administration, at 479-782-1311 or by e-mail.
Non-profit organizations are eligible to receive funds in 3 ways:
- Community Impact Grants: available for specific programs that align with the United Way Impact Areas. Programs receiving funding must be measured by the recipient. Grant RFP time lines, available funding and Impact areas receiving funds vary from year to year. Please check with the United Way President regarding this process.
- Response Fund Grants: available for emerging or emergency needs. These grants are given on a one-time basis and available throughout the year as needed.
- Year-Round Community Partner: formally known as a United Way Participating Agency. Year-round partners receive an annual allocation from United Way and automatically submit funding requests each year to United Way. Request for funds are due in January each year. If approved, funding will begin during the next calendar year.