United Way of Fort Smith Area has provided change in our area since 1928. We mobilize our community in ways that no single agency, individual, or government can to enhance the ability of people to care for one another.
The United Way of Fort Smith Area, Inc. recognizes the importance of recognizing ALL needs within our community. We also recognize the importance of leadership and input from ALL areas of our community. It is our intent to make a concerted effort to seek out leadership and input from ALL people, regardless of their race, religious preference, sexual preference, or other differences and to use the insight from a diverse leadership group to help meet the needs of ALL people in our community efficiently and equitably.
United Way addresses the needs important to people who live and work in Crawford, Franklin, LeFlore, Logan, Sebastian and Sequoyah counties.
We Do This By:
- Bringing the community together to address critical issues such as early learning and hunger.
- Investing in programs that provide the education, childcare, shelter and food that people need to be successful.
- Encouraging people to contribute money and time to improve the communities we serve.
A local volunteer board of directors governs United Way of Fort Smith Area with all decisions made locally. Several hundred volunteers help with the campaign and with a variety of other activities. This United Way is independent of all other United Ways.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I invest in United Way of Fort Smith Area?
United Way of Fort Smith Area (UWFSA) is committed to making the kinds of smart choices that can make our community a better place for all of us to live and work. We use our expertise and community connections to support thousands of people throughout our region in ways that make a genuine difference in their lives. We use our time and resources as efficiently as we can, to do as much as we can and to help as many people in as many ways as we can.
Why am I asked to give to United Way in my workplace?
Why should I give to United Way in addition to my other charities?
Why should I give to United Way instead of a direct service agency?
Who decides how much money goes to each program or service?
What does United Way do with my donation?
100% of donations collected during our annual campaign are invested back into the local community. None or your donations go to pay overhead for our Service Center or staff salaries. United Way can be this efficient because volunteer support keeps costs to a minimum. Annual campaign contributions are distributed each year through a vigorous allocation process. United Way’s mission is is to improve lives by connecting people and resources in our six-county area. We’re focused on critical issues like health, education and financial stability.