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ANNUAL REPORT 2017


A MESSAGE FROM OUR BOARD CHAIR

Les Smith Arvest Bank 2017 Board Chair It’s hard to believe the 2017 campaign is over and we are well on our way into 2018. This past year serving as the Board Chair was not only an honor but a humbling and enlightening experience. I’ve been involved in the United Way for several years and it has always served as a constant reminder of how blessed we are to live in Fort Smith and truly how giving this community is. Through your support the United Way has continued to persevere and succeed despite the economic challenges the community has faced. Take the 2017 Day of Caring for example. The Day of Caring had over 900 volunteers, completing nearly 3600 volunteer hours. That’s an impact of over $86,900 in one day of service! This number of volunteers that participated in the Day of Caring was a record! Another record was the Power of the Purse event; it raised the most dollars in the events history! Another impressive accomplishment was collecting over 47,000 packages of school supplies during Fill the Bus. The list of successes goes on and on. Whether it be through the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library or conducting a Community Needs Assessment, the United Way has continued to not only look to fill a need but to focus on getting to the root of the problem. 2018 will be the 90th Anniversary for the United Way of Fort Smith. I’m excited to see what the staff, volunteers and community will accomplish. There is no doubt we will face some adversity but know the community is up to the challenge. The United Way of Fort Smith is unique in that 100% of ALL donations go back into the community through our 34 partnership agencies and all United Way expenses are paid for through an endowment. I assure you the staff, board and partnership agencies understand the incredible responsibility that you have entrusted in them. It has been an honor to serve as the 2017 Board Chair and I personally want to thank the incredible staff at the United Way, United Way Board, countless volunteers and the donors for your commitment in helping us continue being Hand Raisers and Game Changers! Great Things Happen When You Live United! Thank you Les Smith 2017 Board Chair


United Way Board of Directors

Les Smith Arvest Bank Board Chair

Daren Bobb KFSM - TV5

Erin Gattis ArcBest Board Vice - Chair

Barbara Hambrick Beall Barclay and Company, PLC, CPAs Board Treasurer

Susan Devero Mark Buergler KATIE LEJONG - MEMBER Arkansas Colleges of BancorpSouth Health Education Katie has been with Beall Barclay since her career began as a junior accountant in 1999. Over the years, she climbed the ranks within the firm and today serves as one of the newest Members. She maintains a strong focus in serving clients in the construction and nonprofit industries. She also specializes in single audits. In addition to her client responsibilities, Katie also assists with the Firm’s staff and business development and mentoring programs.

Tim Thorne ABF Freight Board Secretary

Dr. Lee Krehbiel University of Arkansas Fort Smith Immediate Past Chair

Buddy Holt Community Volunteer

Anne Dunn First National Bank of Fort Smith

Dr. Georgia Hale University of Arkansas Fort Smith

Dr. Barry Owen Fort Smith Public Schools

Gailene Park United Federal Credit Union

Mat Pitsch Western AR Rep. District 76

Dr. Jennifer Thomas Mercy Fort Smith

Lavon Morton Community Volunteer Endowment Committee Chair

Sherry Sims Rheem 2017 Campaign Chair

Katie resides in Greenwood, Arkansas with her husband Michael, and their two girls Abbey and Emerson.

PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATIONS AND LICENSES • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas

MEMBERSHIPS • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) • Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants (ASCPA) 2014 Western Arkansas Chapter President Current Board Member 2012 Outstanding Emerging CPA Award

Dr. Holly Jennings Sparks Health System/ ACHE

Amy Lakin Baldor Electric Company

• Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA) • Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA) • Bell Park Foundation, Inc. Current Board Member

• United Way of Fort Smith

Power of the Purse Committee Allocation Panel Committee

AWARDS/HONORS

Katie Lejong Beall Barclay and Company, PLC, CPAs

• 2015 NWA Business Journal 40 under 40

EDUCATION • Arkansas State University Bachelor of Science, Accounting - Cum Laude

• University of Arkansas Fayetteville • University of Central Arkansas

479.484.5740 • Fax: 479.484.0670 katie.lejong@beallbarclay.com

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A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT The close of 2017 marks 89 years of the United Way of Fort Smith Area serving the river valley of Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma. With the help of thousands of donors and volunteers, your local United Way has continued to lead the community in the areas of “Health, Education, and Financial Stability”. On behalf of the United Way of Fort Smith Board of Directors and staff, I am excited to present you a detailed look at the work of your United Way throughout 2017.

Eddie Lee Herndon President, United Way of Fort Smith Area

Our overall Community Impact is measured by funds invested in United Way Partner Agencies and their programs, volunteer hours and projects, gifts in-kind, and community initiatives. During the 2017 campaign, over 2100 individuals volunteered 13,500 hours for an incredible impact of $329,535. More specifically, United Way’s 24th Annual Day of Caring brought together 900+ people that worked 3600 hours for an impact of $86K in a single day of service. In addition to all of the measurable outcomes for collective impact that are necessary to tabulate and communicate, I feel that is also crucial to highlight those outcomes that are not so easily measured. We know that there are a few contributing factors to the success of a child to grow into a stable and thriving adult: 1). Was a child read aloud to from birth to five years old before entering kindergarten; 2). Did a child receive proper nutrition from birth till entering kindergarten; 3). Did a child grow up in a stable home and community environment. More specifically, what is the measurable value of a child being held, loved, and snuggled while being read to? What is the measurable value of a senior citizen receiving a nutritious meal, smile, and a kind word from a volunteer delivering “Meals on Wheels”? As you move forward through the “Annual Report” see how many such examples that you can find that are life changing for those served and those who are giving. As always, I wish to thank Mr. Rollie Boreham, his family, and his friends that helped establish our United Way Endowment. Mr. Boreham had a vision to create a trust fund that would be invested to allow the United Way to operate solely on the interest of the fund, allowing 100% of the dollars raised each year to go back directly to local programs. This past year marked the 7th year in a row that United Way was able to give back 100% of every dollar raised to the local community. Finally, I would like to thank Les Smith our 2017 Board Chair, the Board of Directors, Sherry Simms, 2017 Campaign Chair, Dr. Holly Jennings, Community Investment Chair, Lavon Morton, Endowment Committee Chair, the United Way staff, our donors and volunteers, and partner agencies for working together to make 2017 such a success. Eddie Lee Herndon President, United Way of Fort Smith Area


IMPROVING LIVES Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library United Way of Fort Smith Area is focused on combating issues in the area of education. To do that, problems must be addressed early. As a way to improve early childhood literacy skills and better prepare area children to learn in kindergarten, United Way brought Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to the area in 2006. DPIL is open to preschool children from birth until their fifth birthday. Each child receives a quality, age-appropriate book in the mail each month with his or her name on it. The first book is The Little Engine that Could. As the child grows, the books become more advanced. Upon turning five, the child receives a kindergarten readiness book and he or she “graduates” from the program. By getting books in the hands of these children, United Way is helping to foster in them a love for reading. Being exposed to literature increases their chances of success in school and sets them up for a brighter future. The program now provides books to 2,600 children in Crawford, Franklin, Logan, Scott and Sebastian counties. The annual Power of the Purse, which is the primary event fundraiser for the program, has also become synonymous with DPIL and United Way’s education initiatives. United Way continues to seek additional sources of revenue through private donations, foundations and corporate grants to grow Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in the area. Holiday Giving Guide Each year the United Way of Fort Smith Area publishes a holiday giving guide. This guide features a wish list from local non-profit agencies and gives individuals and families a perfect way to give back to their community during the holiday season. Prescription Assistance As part of its plan to help families manage their income and maintain good health, United Way distributed free FamilyWize prescription drug cards to help lower the cost of medicine. In 2017, FamilyWize cards saved families $129,784 on prescriptions filled using the discount at participating pharmacies in our service area.

Community Resource Guide

2017 Holiday Giving Guide

Create memories with your loved ones this holiday season. Access this guide at www.unitedwayfortsmith.org

The Community Resource Guide assists agencies and businesses that make client referrals by providing much needed information and resources. Thank you to Colleen Perry and Bsavvy Magazine for supplying us with a printed version of the guide in 2017. The most current guide can be found on our website at www.unitedwayfortsmith.org.

Books and Badges Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library books are placed in local law enforcement and emergency vehicles, so that first responders can provide a child accident victim a book to help comfort them and build rapport.


DAY OF CARING

Our 2017 Day of Caring was another great success! Every year, our community has the opportunity to volunteer with various local community organizations during our Day of Caring. These include our community partners and many other local organizations that serve critical needs within the community. Day of Caring is our largest single day of volunteerism. Volunteering to help these organizations is a direct and handson effort to help the worthy causes that these agencies represent, and goes a long way to assisting them in enhancing the services they provide to the community. By signing on to serve on one of several available projects, our volunteers showed their enthusiastic support for the community! For our 2017 Day of Caring, over 900 volunteers completed an estimated 3,600 volunteer hours that’s an impact of over $86,900 in that one day of service.

I volunteer because I want to be about it, not just talk about it. A sense of duty to actively participate in creating a better community is a huge driver for me. Secondly, I believe perspective is essential for all of us. I may not know what it’s like to need a home or food or companionship, but I do need to have compassion and perspective for those who do. United Way Day of Caring is unique because of the enormous impact over a hundred projects & close to 1000 volunteers have. Volunteering feels good & on the Day of Caring, it's like being part of an army of community blessings! Cathy Nesbit Harry Robinson, Buick, GMC


FILL THE BUS

In partnership with Walmart, Fill the Bus is an initiative that provides school supplies to school districts in our local coverage area. This program supports children in our community by helping them start school with confidence and gives them the literal tools they need to succeed. United Way staff and volunteers spent the weekend of July 28th and 29th filling the bus with school supplies at Walmart locations in Alma, Booneville, Fort Smith, Greenwood, Ozark, Paris, Poteau, Sallisaw, and Van Buren. It is our hope that because of the supplies donated, no child in our area will have to start school without the supplies needed to make their school year a success. In 2017 over 47,000 packages of school supplies were collected.

Many of the students in my school have trouble getting the essential supplies needed for school. As a volunteer for Fill the Bus, I have witnessed the generosity of the people in this area and the way United Way makes a difference in my students’ lives. Kim Arnold, Principal, Mansfield Elementary School.


POWER OF THE PURSE United Way of Fort Smith Area hosted its 12th annual Power of the Purse at the Movie Lounge Epic Events Center in Fort Smith. Over 300 women attended the fundraiser which benefited Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. The program, coordinated by United Way, provides books to 2,600 local children each month. The luncheon and auction took place on October 10th. Guests were treated to lunch and were given the chance to bid on highend handbags and unique theme bags during the silent auction. The guest speaker was “The Truth Bomb Mom”, Kristina Kuzmic. Kristina has captivated audiences around the country with her wit, passion and honesty. She tackles everything from immigrating to America, to her time as a struggling single mom, to balancing family and building a brand. Kristina’s fresh, fun perspective inspired everyone to take the challenges of life in stride with a sense of humor and purpose. Children, birth to age five, living in Crawford, Franklin, Logan, Sebastian and Scott counties, are eligible to enroll in Imagination Library. Each month, he or she will receive an age-appropriate book in the mail with his or her name on it. Although the program is free to participants, it costs United Way $25 a year, per child enrolled. The program is funded through United Way of Fort Smith Area, Power of the Purse, private donations and corporate grants.

It has been my privilege to have worked with the wonderful staff at United Way for many years. The Children's Reading Initiative, in particular, provides a tremendous opportunity for children to have easy access to books in their homes. These children obtain a lifelong love of reading as a result of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, with whom the United Way partners to send age-appropriate books each month to kids. I believe one has an obligation to give to their community and United Way does great work. Karen Slagle Community Volunteer


STEP UP, SPEAK OUT "Step Up, Speak Out! A Rally to End Child Abuse" “Step Up, Speak Out!� was formed in early 2012 by Sam T. Sicard, President of First National Bank of Fort Smith. Sicard was inspired to start the awareness initiative after learning the alarming statistics related to child abuse. Spring block parties were held at several locations in the United Way six-county coverage area. Working to bring awareness to the problem of child abuse, the group goes in to the schools and speaks with the students prior to the event. At the block parties local children and parents are treated to a day focused on both fun and on educating them about the issue. Admission to the block parties was free. Families were invited to enjoy a free meal and numerous activities. Participants were invited to register to win a free bicycle or skateboard. As part of the block parties, volunteers and participants wore shirts with the phone numbers of hotlines that victims, or adults who are aware of abuse, could call to report it.

Why Step Up, Speak Out is worth my time. Step Up, Speak Out was created to bring awareness to child sexual abuse. The concept is to bring a fun evening/block party to local Fort Smith elementary schools and provide a meal, entertainment, giveaways, and information that can help protect children. A counselor speaks to the families about prevention and awareness of sexual abuse. It has been amazing to see the communities surrounding Fort Smith and the Fort Smith Public Schools working together for our children. If we can give one child a voice, then I will continue to Step Up, and Speak Out. Susan Devero Arkansas Colleges of Health Education


TOUCH-A-TRUCK Whether looking out from the cab of a massive dump truck, or running your hands along the claw of a tough bulldozer, the United Way of Fort Smith Area’s 2nd Annual “Touch a Truck” offered participants an opportunity to connect with a variety of different modes of transportation. This annual event was held Wednesday, June 14th, from 10:00am to 2:00pm, at Van Buren High School. There were over 500 children that attended. Fort Smith and Van Buren Boys and Girls Club’s brought their kids out, as well as a group from Cedarville. “Touch a Truck” gave children and adults the thrill of a lifetime by letting them experience what it’s like to climb into a variety of trucks and vehicles. Fire trucks, ambulances, loaders, garbage trucks, police cars and construction vehicles are just some of the dozens of vehicles that were on display. There were also 17 booths with safety and wellness information for children and families. We would like to thank our food sponsors, Arvest Bank, Generations Bank and Morgan Supply, Dr. Jeffcoat and Van Buren Public Schools, and all who brought vehicles, set up tables, or volunteered in any way. We could not put this event together without the help of our community.

The greater Fort Smith area often has events that cater to families,but none to the extent of "Touch a Truck". This remarkable event brings agencies and organizations together not only to show families and group of kids the "Truck" or equipment/vehicles, but United Way makes it an educational moment. I have been a part of this event from the beginning and have seen the joy it brings to those attending. I have watched this event turn into a “Career Day” of learning about these agencies and organizations. I hope it continues to grow and prosper for our community. Travis Cooper Deputy Director Sebastian County Emergency Management


2016/2017 CAMPAIGN AWARD WINNERS Chairman’s Award – ArcBest Commitment to Excellence – Baldor Electric Excellence in Community Leadership – Oklahoma Gas & Electric Franklin County Award – Baldor – Ozark Logan County Award – Community National Bank – Booneville/ Booneville Public Schools/ Magazine Public Schools Crawford County Award – Citizens Bank & Trust Company Excellence in Health and Wellness – Mercy/Sparks Health System Rookie of the Year – Christina Williams Game Changer of the Year – OK Foods Live United Award – USA Truck. Inc./ Kraft Heinz- Planters Hand Raiser of the Year – Golden Living United Way Honor’s Club – Arkansas Tech University – Ozark Campus/Fort Smith Public Schools/ Greenwood Public Schools Community Impact Leader – Van Buren Public Schools Spirit of Community Award – Times Record/ Spirit 106.3/ KFSM Channel 5/ iHeart Radio Partner Agency Award – Harbor House, Inc., Harbor and Gateway Recovery Centers/ Fort Smith Crisis Intervention Center Extra Effort Award – University of Arkansas – Fort Smith Retailer of the Year – Target Manufacturing Award – Weldon, Williams & Lick/ Trane Custom Oil and Gas Award – Stephens Production Company/ Arkansas Oklahoma Gas Auto Dealer of the Year – Carco International Professional Services Award – Beall Barclay & Company, PLC, CPA’s/ BHC Insurance Spirit of Caring Award – Walmart Most Resourceful Campaign – Rheem Finance and Banking Award – Arvest Bank/ First National Bank of Fort Smith/ United Federal Credit Union/ Firstar Bank/ BancorpSouth Strengthening Our Community – UPS-Fort Smith/UPS – Sallisaw Mission Possible Award – Beth Soloman and Heather Ketter, BHC Insurance


TOP 20 WORKPLACE CAMPAIGNS Based on overall giving, listed in order of campaign totals. 1. ArcBest 2. Baldor Electric Company 3. Weldon, Williams & Lick Inc. 4. First National Bank of Fort Smith 5. Arvest Bank 6. Rheem Manufacturing Corporation 7. Fort Smith Public Schools 8. Trane Custom 9. Stephens Production Company 10. Golden Living 11. UPS - Fort Smith 12. Oklahoma Gas & Electric 13. OK Foods 14. BHC Insurance 15. Gerdau 16. BancorpSouth 17. USA Truck Inc. 18. Walmart #125 19. Carco Rentals 20. Citizens Bank and Trust


CAMPAIGN KICK-OFF 2017 United Way of Fort Smith Area kicked off its 2017 Campaign with a celebration luncheon at the Blue Lion in Fort Smith. A large crowd attended the drop in luncheon including community leaders, United Way’s leadership, volunteers and agency representatives. A short program began at noon with United Way Board Chair, Les Smith, from Arvest Bank, giving the welcome and introducing the 2017 Campaign Chair, Sherry Sims, from Rheem. Sherry presented her campaign message to the community and announced the Pacesetter of the Year award winner, Greenwood Public Schools. Pacesetters run their campaign during the month of August to help jumpstart the United Way fund drive. The total dollars raised by Pacesetter companies of $951,210, was announced by United Way President, Eddie Lee Herndon. The Pacesetter campaign in August is essential to the overall success of the campaign”, stated Eddie Lee Herndon, UWFSA President”. “At a time when we are nearly overwhelmed with requests, every single donation large or small makes an enormous impact in our community. We are incredibly grateful to all of the companies that helped us achieve nearly half of our goal in just 30 days.”

2017 Pacesetter Companies

ArcBest and Subsidiaries Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus Arvest Bank AT&T Baldor Electric Company BancorpSouth BHC Insurance Booneville School District Citizens Bank & Trust Community National Bank of Booneville County Line Public Schools First National Bank of Fort Smith Fort Smith Boys and Girls Club Golden Living

Greenwood Public Schools Hanna Oil & Gas Magazine Public Schools OK Foods Oklahoma Gas & Electric Ozark Area Youth Organization Rheem Stepping Stone School Sykes Trane Custom United Way of Fort Smith Area UPS - Fort Smith UPS - Sallisaw


UNITED WAY OF FORT SMITH AREA, INC. STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION AS OF DECEMBER 31,

2016

Assets Cash and cash equivalents Certificates of deposit Endowment investments Pledges receivable: Campaign year 2013-14 less provision for uncollectible pledges Campaign year 2014-15 less provision for uncollectible pledges Campaign year 2015-16 less provision for uncollectible pledges Campaign year 2016-17 less provision for uncollectible pledges Prepaid expenses Land Building Equipment and furniture Less accumulated depreciation Total Assets Liabilities and Net Assets Liabilities Accounts payable Payroll taxes payable Accrued compensation Deferred revenue Accrued dues Amounts designated to agencies

$

1,043,993 $ 359,515 8,639,395

1,009,828 359,247 8,538,137

70,978 (70,978) 157,094 (136,248) 1,098,735 (121,149) 1,319 15,000 103,374 184,686 (242,626)

89,516 (89,516) 196,857 (140,370) 1,182,374 (125,396) 1,299 15,000 103,374 184,686 (233,263)

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11,103,088 $

11,091,773

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110 $ 9,110 7,000 37,750 209,016

996 70 3,222 5,242 39,089 215,854

262,986

264,473

3,478,692 227,008 1,400,536 5,733,866

3,361,779 281,537 1,450,118 5,733,866

10,840,102

10,827,300

11,103,088 $

11,091,773

Total Liabilities Net Assets Unrestricted Designated by Board Undesignated Temporarily restricted Permanently restricted Total Net Assets Total Liabilities and Net Assets

2015

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United Way ofSee Fortaccompanying Smith Area notes to financial statements. is responsible with our donor dollars. 3 Our goal is to invest in programs that make a positive impact in the areas of health, education, and financial stability while continuing to give back 100% of what the campaign brings in to our community.


AGENCY IMPACT Each year, after a stringent allocation process, funds are disbursed to our United Way Community Partner agencies. Below are the amounts that were allocated in 2017 to each agency and the percentage of their budget United Way funds make up.

2017 2017 Agency Impact Agency Impact

Community Partner/Initiative Abilities Unlimited The ARC of River Valley Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund (Region 9) Boy Scouts (Westark Council) Boys & Girls Club of the Alma Area Boys & Girls Club of LeFlore County Boys & Girls Club of Paris Boys & Girls Club of Sequoyah County Boys & Girls Club of South Logan County Boys & Girls Club of Van Buren Boys' Shelter Center for Arkansas Legal Services Community Dental Clinic Community Service Clearinghouse Crawford County Senior Citizens Crisis Intervention Center Fort Smith Boys & Girls Club Fountain of Youth Girls, Inc. Girl Scouts-Diamonds of AR, OK & TX Girls' Shelter Harbor & Gateway Recovery Centers Lincoln Childcare Literacy Council of Western Arkansas Next Step Homeless Services Ozark Area Youth Organization Parents As Teachers Project Compassion River Valley Regional Food Bank Salvation Army Sebastian Retired Citizens Association South Sebastian County Boys & Girls Club Stepping Stone School United Way Programs & Initiatives (DOC, DPIL, STB & WLC) Shrinkage Total

Allocation $ 30,000 $ 40,000 $ 14,000 $ 53,000 $ 30,000 $ 25,000 $ 35,000 $ 25,000 $ 35,000 $ 51,400 $ 56,000 $ 13,000 $ 40,000 $ 203,600 $ 25,000 $ 75,000 $ 215,000 $ 34,000 $ 115,000 $ 49,000 $ 50,000 $ 65,000 $ 99,000 $ 32,000 $ 60,000 $ 31,400 $ 35,000 $ 24,000 $ 40,000 $ 41,400 $ 47,000 $ 36,500 $ 25,000 $ 39,441 $ 109,800 $ 1,899,541

% of Bud 2 36 7 4 10 22 22 7 17 10 19 4 42 32 4 10 20 12 27 1 21 2 13 32 14 26 76 18 4 2 3 13 0


LEADERSHIP GIVING A United Way leadership contributor not only helps shape the future of our community, they set a powerful example that others follow. Individuals participating at a leadership giving level are leaders in philanthropy whose wholehearted generosity supports the health and human service needs of the Fort Smith area. Our leadership contributors are the foundation of our United Way campaign. True leaders come from all walks of life. They can be plumbers, teachers, homemakers or executives. What unifies these diverse leaders is their common commitment to lead by example through gifts of financial resources, time or talent.

Leadership Levels: Tocqueville Society Cornerstone Pillar Foundation Club

$ 10,000 or more $ 2,500 to $9,999 $ 1,000 to $2,499 $ 500 to $999

Women United members are women who contribute $1,000 individually or $1,500 when combined with their spouse.

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UNITED WAY ENDOWMENT Giving to the United Way of Fort Smith Area’s Endowment is another way that donors can support the organization. United Way’s long term goal is to continue to have its service center and all operating costs fully funded by the Endowment revenue. This enables 100% of all campaign dollars to be invested in our community through the allocation process, community impact and response funds. United Way’s Endowment is overseen by a committee which reports to the United Way Board of Directors. 2017 Endowment Committee Lavon Morton-Community Volunteer, Chairman Walter Echols-ArcBest Tom Foltz- JMR/PFP Insurance Robbie McDonald-Beall Barclay & Company, PLC, CPA’s George Moschner-Baldor Electric Company Dr. Sandi Sanders - Community Volunteer


THE VALUE OF VOLUNTEERS United Way is dependent upon volunteers to assist with campaign, community impact projects, community investment panels and at events throughout the year. We could not do what we do without our dedicated volunteers. They are an invaluable asset to the United Way of Fort Smith Area and its staff. In 2017, Dr. Holly Jennings, Chief of Internal Medicine, Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine, served as chair of the Community Investment Committee.

Community Investment Volunteers Cindy Barker - First National Bank of Fort Smith Gregg Bigham - Firstar Bank Phillip Blackburn - First Presbyterian Church Daren Bobb - KFSM TV-5 Mark Buergler - BancorpSouth David Burton - First National Bank of Fort Smith Sandy Cheffer - Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus Pam Chenoweth - ArcBest Chris Cluck - Beall Barclay & Company, PLC, CPA’s Kirby Cockrum - BHC Insurance Dana Craig - Oklahoma Gas & Electric Marcia Davis - Arvest Bank Catherine Dawkins - ArcBest Susan Devero - Arkansas Colleges of Health Education Col. Bobbi Doorenbos - 188th Wing Arkansas Air National Guard Ann Dunn - First National Bank of Fort Smith Brooke Elder - Beall Barclay and Comapny, PLC, CPA’s Richard Evans - Glatfelter Shea Foldvary - Weldon, Williams & Lick Erin Gattis - ArcBest Carl Geffkin - City of Fort Smith Susan Grobmyer - Community Volunteer Dr. Georgia Hale - University of Arkansas - Fort Smith Robert Halliburton - Centennial Bank Barbara Hambrick - Beall Barclay & Company, PLC, CPA’s Buddy Holt - Community Volunteer Russell Johnson - Citizens Bank & Trust Company Tina Keck - Arvest Bank

Dr. Lee Krehbiel - University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Richard Krustch - ArcBest Amy Lakin - Baldor Electric Company Jeff Leding - Farm Bureau Katie Lejong - Beall Barclay & Company, PLC, CPA’s Stephanie London - University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Sarah Newton - Arvest Bank Dr. Barry Owen - Fort Smith Public Schools Gailene Park - United Federal Credit Union Kim Parks - Armstrong Bank Mat Pitsch - Western AR Planning and Development Beth Presley - Arvest Bank Rob Ratley - Oklahoma Gas and Electric Dr. Sandi Sanders - Community Volunteer Marla Scales - ArcBest Rodney Shepard - Arvest Bank Bruce Sikes - Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus Lance Smith - Firstar Bank Rozanne Sterling - BancorpSouth Becky Stout - ArcBest Nathan Teague - Firstar Bank Dr. Jennifer Thomas - Mercy Tim Thorne - ABF Freight System Peggy Walter - Fairview Elementary Ken Warden - University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Rodney West - Simmons First Christina Williams - OK Foods Suzy Wilson - Greenwood Public Schools


A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR EVENT SPONSORS DayProudly of Caring Day of Caring Sponsored by: United Way of Fort Smith Area

Fill the Bus

July 28th 9am - 9pm July 29th 9am - 3pm at your local Walmart

Touch A Truck United Way of Fort Smith Area

1st Annual

A FREE Child Safety and Wellness Event! This event provides kids of all ages with the opportunity to experience life-size vehicles and interact with community support leaders like police officers, fireman, construction workers, military personnel and many more!

Tuesday, June City of Van Buren 21st Event Partners

Van Buren Public Schools 10am-2pm Generations Bank Van Buren High School Citizens Bank and Trust Sponsored By: Event Partners: Arvest Bank City of Van Buren Morgan Supply Van Buren Public Schools Health Systems AmericanSparks Red Cross Bold Dental Services Clearinghouse Community Community Services Clearinghouse River Valley Regional FoodUnited Bank Way of River Valley Regional Food Bank Fort Smith Area Crawford County Emergency Management Sebastian County Emergency Management

3 Ring Binders Antibacterial Wipes Art Supplies Backpacks Ink Pens Colored Pencils Crayons Erasers Folders

Glue Markers Notebooks Notebook Paper Pencil Boxes Pencils Rulers Scissors Tissues

For more information or to volunteer for this event call 479-782-1311 or email Carrie Terry at cterry@unitedwayfortsmith.org.

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