United Way of Fort Smith Hosts Annual Day of Caring

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(April 17, 2019) –— On April 25th, 2019  volunteers will help spruce up locations around our area during the United Way of Fort Smith Area’s Day of Caring.  For the twenty-sixth year volunteers will paint, clean, landscape, repair and build in support of United Way of Fort Smith Area, its community partner agencies and local non-profit’s. “Day of Caring builds excitement for participating companies and organizations as it reinforces United Way’s vision for the community. Participants get a chance to see firsthand how their investments are improving lives in the River Valley”, said Mitzy Little, Marketing Director for United Way of Fort Smith Area.

There are a total of 19 volunteers that will be in Mansfield next Thursday for the event. They will be doing projects for the City of Mansfield. That group includes students with the Mansfield FFA as well as individual volunteers.

“We proudly celebrate the hard work and volunteerism in our community,” said Eddie Lee Herndon, President of the United Way of Fort Smith Area. Herndon added, “Last year we had over 1200 volunteers that worked an estimated 6000 hours with a savings to our nonprofit agencies and community of over $144,800 in this single day of service. The projects that will be completed this year will again provide much needed help that many agencies could not afford or accomplish without this incredible day of volunteerism. We are so blessed and extremely thankful for our sponsors, partner companies and businesses, and the hundreds of volunteers that will make this day another great success.”  Volunteers will spend either a half day or a full day working on 119 projects in our six-county area.  Projects are located in Alma, Barling, Booneville, Charleston, Fort Smith, Greenwood, Lavaca, Mansfield, Mulberry, Ozark, Paris, Poteau, Sallisaw and Van Buren.

Sponsors for this event are: AOG, Arkansas Tech University – Ozark Campus, Arvest Bank, Baptist Health, Experian, First National Bank of Fort Smith, First Security Bank, Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce, Gerdau, Grand Savings Bank, Harry Robinson Buick, GMC, Hope’s Creek, Mercy, OG&E, Owens Corning, Preferred Office Technologies, Regions Bank, Rheem Heart of Comfort, Sykes, Trane Custom, Westark Plumbing.

                       Kickoff Breakfast — Fort Smith

                       8:00 a.m. – Kickoff breakfast will be provided for volunteers at Harry E. Kelley Riverfront Park Amphitheater in Fort Smith, AR. Inclement weather location will be Evans Boys and Girls Club.

                  Kickoff Breakfast — Booneville

                       7:45 a.m. – Kickoff breakfast will be provided for Logan County volunteers at Jeral L. Hampton Meeting Place in Booneville, AR. Event courtesy of First Western Bank.

                  Recognition Lunch – Ozark
Noon – Lunch will be provided at the Ozark Area Youth Organization in Ozark, AR.
Event courtesy of Ozark Area Youth Organization.

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