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2011 Holiday Giving Guide

Volunteer and donation opportunities in Western Arkansas Create memories with your loved ones this holiday season Access this guide at www.unitedwayfortsmith.org


Dear Volunteers and Donors, Throughout the year, United Way of Fort Smith Area receives phone calls and e-mails from individuals who want to help, but don’t know where to start. Whether they want to give financially, advocate for a cause, or volunteer their time they are looking for a way to LIVE UNITED. The 2011 Holiday Giving guide makes it easier for everyone to LIVE UNITED. The activities, which are arranged alphabetically by agency names, clearly identify the need for specific resources and generous volunteers at organizations in our area. When you find an opportunity that interests you, simply call the agency to find out more information. Because certain opportunities fill quickly, you should contact the agency as early as possible in the season. This is the sixth year for the United Way Giving Guide and we were thrilled to hear some great feedback from organizations that have benefitted from this list. This is just one of the many success stories we have received over the years from agencies that have had needs met by individuals who picked up the annual giving guide. Please share this guide with your neighbors, co-workers, friends, and family. We hope that that 2011 guide will help make many more wishes come true for agencies and individuals in our area. Thank you for giving and volunteering this holiday season. Thank you for choosing to LIVE UNITED.

Tom Minton Executive Director

The 2011 Holiday Giving Guide is brought to you by the United Way

Tom Minton -Executive Director

Mitzy Little-Campaign/Marketing Director

Angie Ruth-Director of Finance and Administration

Misty Wright- Imagination Library Coordinator/Administrative Assistant

Dee Long-Campaign/Marketing Director

Tips for using the 2011 Holiday Giving Guide 

Use the index on page 3 to quickly find categories of an agencies wish list and volunteer needs.

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Form a group of friends or co-workers to “adopt” a family or an individual.

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Start a collection drive by placing a decorated carton for co-workers and/or customers. List items needed or items to be collected.

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Look for a volunteer opportunity for the whole family, like sorting or delivering food baskets.

Take up a collection to purchase gift certificates or vouchers.

If you want to share the 2011 Holiday Giving Guide with others, you may copy any portion of it. Additional copies may also be downloaded from www.unitedwayfortsmith.org.

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Giving Index

Volunteering Index

Art Supplies

Coaches

Abilities Unlimited Boys and Girls Club of Van Buren CASA of the Tri-Peaks The Arc of the River Valley Girl Scouts Diamonds of AR, OK, and TX

Boys and Girls Club of Van Buren Fort Smith Boys and Girls Club

Children’s Books

Mentors/Tutors/Counselors

Deliver Gifts Ft. Smith Public Schools Homeless Education Program

Ft. Smith Public Schools Parents as Teachers Program UAMS/Kids First

The Boys Shelter Next Step Day Room Abilities Unlimited Boys and Girls Club of Van Buren Boys and Girls Club of Paris Boys and Girls Club of South Logan County Fort Smith Boys and Girls Club Fort Smith Adult Education Center The Arc for the River Valley Boys and Girls Club of Sequoyah County Girls Scouts Diamonds of AR, OK ,and TX Girls, Inc.

Children/Adult Clothing The Boys Shelter Next Step Day Room Comprehensive Juvenile Services CASA of the Tri-Peaks

Children Toys CASA of the Tri-Peaks Single Parent Scholarship Fund CFS Christmas for Kids Gateway House Golden Rule Clothes Closet

Office Help Fort Smith Christian Women’s Job Corps Ft. Smith Public Schools Homeless Education Program Good Samaritan Clinic Ft. Smith Public Schools Parents as Teachers Program

Christmas Gifts CASA of the Tri-Peaks Christmas for Kids The Arc of the River Valley Golden Rule Clothes Closet

Repairs/Yard Work

Computer/Electronics

Gateway House Girls, Inc. Boys and Girls Club of Alma Harbor House

Abilities Unlimited Boys and Girls Club of South Logan County

Holiday Food Single Parent Scholarship Fund CFS River Valley Regional Food Bank

Readers Lincoln Childcare Center

Office Supplies The Boys Shelter Good Samaritan Clinic The Arc of the River Valley River Valley Regional Food Bank

Sporting Equipment Fort Smith Boys and Girls Clubs

Girls, Inc.

Unique items to give to agencies in need          

8’ Table and chairs-Van Buren Boys and Girls Club Push lawn mower and weed eater—The Boys Shelter Landscaping tools-Abilities Unlimited Toothbrushes and toothpaste—Community Dental Clinic 15 passenger van-Fort Smith Boys and Girls Club Bass guitar and amp-Boys and Girls Club of South Logan County Forklift and New Warehouse-River Valley Regional Food Bank Wood Chipper, Christmas Tree, Tools,-Girl Scouts Diamonds of AR, OK, and TX Cricut Machine-Girls, Inc. of Fort Smith Carpet Shampooing Machine-Boys and Girls Club of Alma

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Abilities Unlimited, Inc. 3305 Kibler Road, Van Buren, AR 72956 479-471-5354, aui@ipa.net Contact: William Loyd, Executive Director Mission: To help individuals recognize their abilities, improve their quality of life and become productive members of their community. Holiday Wish List - Copier paper, HP printer cartridges types 56, 57, 95, 96, and 901, warehouse racks, classroom chairs, art supplies, and tables for break room, and a commercial shredder. Volunteer Needs - sort donated clothing and misc. items for resale stores. Teach clients art, cooking, and music. The Arc for the River Valley 2414 South 57th Street, Suite 101, Fort Smith, AR 72903 479-783-5529, tarv1959@sbcglobal.net Contact: Susan Tyler, Assistant Executive Director Mission: Provides advocacy, education, and recreation for those living with intellectual, physical, and developmental disabilities. Holiday Wish List - Small gifts-male/female to give to our disabled members for Christmas. Donors to help sponsor yearly events such as dances, parties, fishing derby, and karaoke nights, white copy paper, HP 60 Black ink cartridges, arts and crafts supplies, Wii games, X-Box Kinect and games. Volunteer Needs - Support for parties and dances, computer savvy volunteers to help disabled clients with computer questions, art instructors for Tuesdays and/or Fridays. Boys & Girls Club of the Alma Area 410 East Main Street, PO BOX 1689, Alma, AR 72921 479-632-2070, jeffbgcaa@hotmail.com Contact: Jeff Inness, Executive Director Mission: To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Holiday Wish List - Shelving of any kind, vacuum cleaner, carpet shampoo machine, educational supplies such as lined paper, pens, pencils, note books, three ring binders, lumber, PVC, mesh or weld wire, landscaping timbers, mulch, T-post. Volunteer Needs - Volunteer who owns tiller and will turn garden spot, minor plumbing, heat and air assistance, groups to paint inside walls. Boys & Girls Club of Paris 717 North 5th Street, PO BOX 227, Paris, AR 72855 479-963-3577, cherimariegarcez@gmail.com Contact: Cheri Garcez, Executive Director Mission: To inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. Holiday Wish List - Coloring books and crayons, board games, puzzles, jump ropes. Volunteer Needs - After school activities including craft projects with the kids. Boys & Girls Club of Sequoyah County 111 N. Elm Street, Unit C, PO BOX 1028, Sallisaw, OK 74955 918-775-4659, bgcseq@msn.com Contact: Noreen Reininger, Chief Professional Officer Mission: To enable young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Volunteer Needs - Mentors, especially Male Mentors, for 1 hour a week.

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Boys & Girls Club of South Logan County 751 N. Kennedy Avenue, PO BOX 545, Booneville, AR 72927 479-675-2764, rscottbgcslc@magtel.com Contact: Rick Scott, Executive Director Mission: To enable young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Holiday Wish List - New basketballs, Wii games and accessories for pre-teen room, new checker/board games, new DVD player, new headphones for computer lab, bass guitar and amp for music program, new computers for teen center, comfortable chairs for Teen Center video room. Volunteer Needs - Art, photography, science, and teen tutoring programs. Assistance with 6 & 7 year old members. Boys & Girls Club of Van Buren 1403 City Park Road, PO Box 443, Van Buren, AR 72956 479-474-9401, cfaldon@cox.net, www.bgcofvb.org Contact: Cindy Faldon, CPO Mission: To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. Holiday Wish List-Healthy snacks for after school participants, school supplies (paper, pens, pencils, calculators, etc.), Art room supplies (crayons, paint, paint brushes, construction paper, etc.), hand sanitizer, 8’ table and chairs. Volunteer Needs-Tutoring after school, reading club, volunteer coaches for baseball, football, and basketball. Boy Scouts (Westark Area Council) 1401 Old Greenwood Road, Fort Smith, AR 72901 479-782-7244, westark@bsamail.org Contact: Bryan Feather, Scout and Chief Executive Officer Mission: To teach young people skills for making ethical decisions that will help them reach their full potential. Holiday Wish List Volunteer Needs ‐ Large tree removal services and electrical services at the office.   The Boys’ Shelter, Inc. 5904 South Zero Street, PO Box 10428, Fort Smith, AR 72917 479-646-2819, boyshelter@cox.net Contact: Brenda Pereira, Assistant Director Mission: Providing long term care to boys in need. Holiday Wish List - twin sheets, blankets, pajamas, socks ( men's sizes no show and crew), boxers men's sizes med and large, shampoo, body wash, wash clothes, bath towels, deodorant, ace bandages, postage stamps, copier paper, 1” binders, college ruled filler paper, weed eater, push mower, rake, push broom, kitchen broom. Volunteer Needs - Tutors proficient in geometry, algebra, and sciences, mentors. CASA of the Tri-Peaks Area, Inc. Logan County Courthouse, #22, 366 N. Broadway, Booneville, AR 72927 479-675-2641, casatripeaks15@centurytel.net Contact: Pat Stengel, Executive Director Mission: To provide court-appointed volunteer advocates for abused and neglected children who are involved in the court system, and to educate the community regarding its responsibility for its most vulnerable children. Holiday Wish List - Canvas bags for stuffing with small gifts, backpacks or rolling bags for all ages, stylish purses or satchels for older girls, slippers/sneakers/flip flops, fun pajamas or gowns-nothing even remotely provocative, Wal-Mart gift cards-$5, $10, $15, Jewelry for big and little girls, diary or journal, art supplies for teens, puzzle books/puzzles, novels/books/readers-careful of content, flashlights, fleece blankets, novelty toys/baby and toddler toys, Barbie dolls, baby dolls, my little pony, etc., cool school stuff for younger kids, make up, lip gloss, body lotions, deodorant, toothpaste, fun toothbrushes, travel games/travel accessories, boys action figures, cars, fun or comforting night lights, hand held games, electronics, stationary and stamps-just a few, brush, hair things, scrunchies, fashion t-shirts/jackets, picture frames/disposable cameras, beach/bath towels for kids Volunteer Needs - Fuel gift cards, Day planners/organizers, legal pads, pens

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Children’s Emergency Shelter 3015 South 14th Street, Fort Smith, AR 72901 479-783-0018 Contact: Jack Moffett, Executive Director Mission: We are a temporary emergency shelter that houses children (ages 6-17) who have been removed from the custody of their guardian(s) by child welfare authorities. Holiday Wish List: Gift cards, new clothing and shoes (sizes for kids ages 6-17), Wii and Xbox games, popular music CD’s, mp3 players. Volunteer Needs: Administrative tasks such as folding thank you letters, stuffing envelopes, etc., organizing fund raising functions, grounds projects. Christmas For Kids 4201 Kinkead Avenue #8, Fort Smith, AR 72903 479-783-6695 Contact: Teresa Burton, General Manager Mission: To give Christmas to 80 to 100 kids in emergency housing. Holiday Wish List - Toys and Canned goods Volunteer Needs - Anyone that would like to be a part of this is welcome. Community Dental Clinic 109 North 17th Street, PO BOX 4069, Fort Smith, AR 72914 479-782-6021, nperry@cscdccaa.org Contact: Nenya Perry, Director Mission: Low income, basic dental care for the poor, indigent, uninsured and disabled. Holiday Wish List - Office supplies, toothpaste, toothbrushes for adults and children, cleaning supplies, children's books, magazines and books, and happy meal toys for tooth fairy bags. Volunteer Needs - General cleaning, lawn care, and light office work. Community Services Clearinghouse 4420 Wheeler Avenue, PO BOX 1522, Fort Smith, AR 72902 479-782-5074, rick.foti@csclearinghouse.org Contact: Rick Foti, Mission: Offers assistance to low income families, working families facing emergency situations, the elderly, the disabled, and children in need. Holiday Wish List - Christmas sponsors to help provide food to families, Christmas sponsors to select and purchase gifts for children in struggling, working families, sponsor a Clearinghouse family this Christmas season, small toys (small enough to fit inside a backpack such as, small dolls, hand held games, puzzles, jewelry and toy cars) to be distributed in the last backpack our Meals For Kids students take home before Christmas, food for our pantry during the holiday season to be distributed to our elderly families and the families referred to us by the Reynolds Cancer Support House, and food drives are a double blessing. Billboard space to promote Heritage Festival. Volunteer Needs - Anyone willing to organize a food or toy drive through their work, church, neighborhood or any organization. Comprehensive Juvenile Services, Inc. 1606 South “J” Street, Fort Smith, AR 72901 479-785-4031, Janice.Justice@arkansas.govt Contact: Janice Justice, Assistant Director Mission: Redirecting the lives of youth and families of Western Arkansas. Holiday Wish List - Sweat pants and shirts, toiletries, craft materials, and games appropriate for youth.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library 320 South 18th Street, PO BOX 2300, Fort Smith, AR 72902 479-782-1311, imagine@mynewroads.com Contact: Misty Wright, Imagination Library Coordinator Mission: A program of the United Way of Fort Smith Area, Inc. that works to ensure children enter kindergarten ready to learn by building their own library. Holiday Wish List - Gifts in honor or memory of an individual ($30 to sponsor one child per year, $150 to sponsor a child from birth to their fifth birthday).

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Fort Smith Adult Education Center 501 S. 20th Street, Fort Smith, AR 72901 479-784-8185, gudouj@fortsmithschools.org Contact: Gary Udouj, Jr., Director Mission: We provide adult education and childcare to adults and their children in Sebastian County. Holiday Wish List - We need annual donations to offset our childcare salaries and operational costs. Volunteer Needs - We always need math tutors for adults. Fort Smith Boys & Girls Club (Stephens, Jeffery, Goldtrap-Gardner, Evans) 4905 North “O” Street, Fort Smith, AR 72904 479-782-7093, JGlidewell@FSBGC.org, web site: www.fsbgc.org Contact: Jerry Glidewell, Executive Director Mission: Serving close to 4,000 area young people (ages 6-18), by helping members develop qualities needed to become responsible citizens and leaders. Locations: Goldtrap Unit-8800 S. Dallas Fort Smith, AR 72903 479-452-4779 Jeffery Unit-4905 North O Street Fort Smith, AR 72904 479-782-8016 Evans Unit-6015 Boys Club Lane Fort Smith, AR 72908 479-646-9519 Stephens Unit-3101 N. 6th Street Fort Smith, AR 72904 479-782-6392 Holiday Wish List—Toys, pool table, foosball table, baseball gloves, football helmets, video games, DVD movies (G or PG), bleachers, 15 passenger van. Volunteer Needs– Mentors for the Lean On Me mentoring program, coaches for sports-baseball, football, basketball, soccer, and cheer. Fort Smith Christian Women’s Job Corps PO Box 601, Fort Smith, AR 72902 479-353-7001, fscwjc@yahoo.com Contact: Mary Ramsey, Assistant Site Coordinator Mission: To encourage, equip and model life change in women for life and employment. Mentoring women 1 on 1. Holiday Wish List – Gift cards for gas, personal hygiene products, money to purchase bus passes, large print NIV bibles, full size shampoo, body wash, conditioner, laundry soap, quarters for laundry. Volunteer needs: Office assistant, computer data entry, running errands. Fort Smith Public Schools Homeless Education Program 811 North “T” Street, Fort Smith AR, 72904 479-784-8182 ext. 3529, jcarroll@fortsmithschools.org Contact: Jeanne Carroll, Homeless Liaison Mission: Provides educational support for students experiencing homelessness. Holiday Wish List: Backpacks, school supplies, hygiene products, educational games, dictionaries, and supplemental reading materials. Volunteer Needs - Assist in distributing holiday gifts, assemble backpacks and assemble Parent Information Handbooks. Fort Smith Public Schools Parents as Teachers Program 811 North “T” Street, Fort Smith AR, 72904 479-784-8182 ext. 3533, kobrien@fortsmithschools.org Contact: Kathryn O’Brien, Supervisor of ECE, Parent & Community Services Mission: Supports parents in their role as their child’s first and most important teacher. Holiday Wish List - Books for preschool children, crayons, and construction paper. Volunteer Needs - Assist in assembling PAT Parent Information Handbooks. Fountain of Youth Adult Day Center 2409 South 56th Street, Suite 121, Fort Smith, AR 72903 479-484-7782, sitedirector@foyadultdaycare.org Contact: Kristi Graham, Executive Director Mission: To provide quality care to dependent adults ages 18 and older. Holiday Wish List - Bingo prizes, paper goods, office supplies, AED Machine, new recliners, new activity tables and chairs. Volunteer Needs– Any and all, artists, musicians.

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Gateway House 3900 Armour Avenue, Fort Smith, AR 72904 479-783-8849, cstokes@gatewayhouseinc.org Contact: Cindy Stokes, Director Mission: To provide the highest quality drug and alcohol treatment and prevention services to the residents of our community. Holiday Wish List - warm clothing, under garments, gloves, toys-for the children in our Specialized Women’s Services program ,recovery support items such as AA and NA books, meditation books, etc. Special food treats or passes for events and movies are welcomed. These types of items are used for incentives and rewards for our clients. Volunteer Needs: Yard work, painting, landscaping Girls Incorporated of Fort Smith 1415 Old Greenwood Road, Fort Smith, AR 72901 479-782-0622, sspindor@girlsincfortsmith.org Contact: SuzAnn Spindor, Executive Director Mission: Girls incorporated inspires all young women to become strong, smart, and bold. Holiday Wish List – 2 office desks, 3 desktop computers, new toys, board games, Xbox Kinect games, bathroom stall replacements, outside play equipment and toys, chain-link fence and installment of outdoor play area, gym equipment-balls, jump ropes, etc., DVD player, illuminated flag for flag pole, Cricut machine. Volunteer Needs - Mentors, van drivers-must be 21, homework helpers-former or retired teachers, cleaning and organizing Girl Scouts - Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas 5705 Gordon Lane, Fort Smith, AR 72903 479-452-1290, mconrad@girlscoutsdiamonds.org www.girlscoutsdimonds.org Contact: Marian Conrad, Vice-President of Communications and Strategic Alliances Mission: Build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Holiday Wish List – Nature Center- Picnic Tables for pavilion, birdseed, microscopes-inclined elementary cordless-Carolina Biological Supply-,petri dishes, slide cover plates, beakers, test tubes, other chemistry supplies, soil testing kits-Carolina Biological Supply-,water testing kits-Carolina Biological Supply, gutters for building, wood chipper, kid friendly binoculars-Nature Watch, plastic totes with lids, construction paper, crayons, markers, pocket folders, paper towels, gentle used GPS units, hand soap. Kelley Cabin and Camp Cahinio-10 ft. pre-lit Christmas Tree for Kelley Cabin, 5 Motorola 2-way police radios (CP200 or similar), 4 benches-stationary Plastisol -8’, arts and crafts supplies, PFD’s (life jackets), trophies for GirlSports events, refrigerator, electric golf cart, Sunfish sail boats for camp, heavy duty 18x24x9 roasting pan, shop tools-wrenches, socket sets, cordless tools, chainsaw, etc.-used are fine, two person travel tents, new sleeping bags, stethoscope, wood chipper-used is fine, 6-8 foot gated trailer for moving small equipment/brush, 16-18 foot bumper hitch dual axle trailer with brakes to haul large equipment/brush-used is fine. Volunteer Needs - Volunteering with the Girls Scouts is a truly unique experience...you will have the opportunity to give back to your community while having fun. Apply for the opportunity that interest you and we will contact you soon. Adult volunteers for 2 hrs. each month at various schools to assist with in-school and after school events, volunteers to assist behind the scenes this winter and spring for the exciting 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting. 2012 is the Year of the Girl! Help with events, marketing, social media, technology, or programs up to 10 hrs. a week and gain valuable non-profit experience for your resume. Flexible schedules, for more information and to apply please e-mail 100fun@girlscoutsdiamonds.org Girls Shelter of Fort Smith, Inc. 2600 Raleigh, Fort Smith, AR 72901 479-646-0444, girlsshelter2600@yahoo.com Contact: Mary Dale Colvett, Executive Director Mission: Long term residential care in a homelike setting for girls 13-17 with the goal of reuniting with family. Holiday Wish List - Paper towels, toilet paper, dinner napkins, shampoo, conditioner, razors, shaving cream, toothbrushes, toothpaste, hairspray, mouse, gel, body wash, gift certificates to restaurants, bowling, skating, movies, and special events, extra large pots and pans, skillets, can opener, dish towels, laundry detergent, fabric softener, dryer sheets, spot remover, dishwashing detergent, window cleaner, swiffers for dusting, bathroom cleaners, towels, colorful teen twin bedspreads or comforters. Volunteer Needs - Help with fundraising events.

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Golden Rule Clothes Closet 212 North 3rd Street, Fort Smith, AR 72901 479-783-8150, clydechaney@sbcglobal.net Contact: Clyde and Betty Chaney Mission: Provide free household items to anyone in need. Holiday Wish List – Gifts for children of all ages and teenagers. Please wrap gift and put gender and age on tag. Good Samaritan Clinic 615 North “B” Street, Fort Smith, AR 72901 479-783-0233, evan@goodsamaritanclinic.net Contact: Evan Breedlove, Executive Director Mission: We provide primary medical care services for the uninsured and underserved population. Holiday Wish List - Copy Paper Volunteer Needs – Clerical help and clean up. Habitat for Humanity 318 S. 17th Street, Fort Smith, AR 72901 479-782-8255, avhfh@mynewroads.com Contact: Jay Poppe, Executive Director Mission: Eliminate poverty housing. Holiday Wish List – Stamps, Copy Paper, Forklift, Box Truck, Tools, Cash for building materials. Donations to our ReStore-appliances, new or used, furniture, building materials-new or used. Volunteer Needs – Work in our new ReStore, office volunteers, building volunteers, and event volunteers. Harbor House, Inc. 615 North 19th Street, PO BOX 4207, Fort Smith, AR 72914 479-785-4083, harborhousefs@hotmail.com Contact: Mary E. Alink, Executive Director Mission: To provide the highest quality drug and alcohol treatment and prevention services to the residents of our community. Holiday Wish List - For the children in our Specialized Women’s Services program-toys for children ages 0-6, items for newborns and first time mothers. For the men and women-hats, gloves, warm clothing, recovery support items such as AA and NA books, meditation books. Passes for events and movies or bowling. Volunteer Needs: Yard work, painting, landscaping Heart to Heart Pregnancy Support Center 417 South 16th, Fort Smith, AR 72901 479-452-2260, hearttoheart@mynewroads.com Contact: Theresa Reeves, Executive Director Mission: Provide free services on a one to one basis to women and men concerned about pregnancy, including pregnancy testing, parenting, counseling, medical, housing, and adoption referrals, food, and baby items as needed. Holiday Wish List - diapers-size 4 and 5, formula, baby wipes, bottled water, coffee, cleaning supplies, toilet paper, paper towels, and snacks. Lincoln Childcare Center 1415 North 9th Street, Fort Smith, AR 72901 479-782-4997, lincolnchild1@aol.com Contact: Alexandra Altiner, Executive Director Mission: To offer affordable childcare in a loving , safe, and healthy environment. Holiday Wish List - Baby wipes, pull-ups, diapers Volunteer Needs - Read to children and give teachers breaks.

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Literacy Council of Western Arkansas 300 S. 11th Street, PO BOX 423, Fort Smith, AR 72902 479-783-2665, helptoread@sbcglobal.net Contact: Mary Pearson, Director Mission: To enable adults to acquire and improve their basic reading, writing, and math skills which will enhance their self image in order to participate more fully in society.. Holiday Wish List – Books ( no encyclopedias please) for our ongoing book sale, lower level books (1st-8th grade level) for our students and lower level (1st-8th grade level) software. Volunteer Needs – We always need volunteer tutors. There is a mandatory 5 hr. tutor training and also online courses. Next Step Day Room 123 North 6th Street, Fort Smith, AR 72901 479-782-5433, lance@nextstepdayroom.org Contact: Lance Fisher, Executive Director Mission: Seeking solutions to homelessness through individual case management with direction toward self sufficiency. Holiday Wish List - Insulated underwear and socks, toboggans, power bars for energy, V-8 or power aide drinks, hand warmers, and butane. Volunteer Needs - Someone to help serve lunch, someone to teach a budgeting class, some one to teach a social skills class. Project Compassion, Inc. 1205 South Albert Pike, Fort Smith, AR 72903 479-783-2273, projectcompassion@sbcglobal.net Contact: Abbie Taylor-Cox, Program Coordinator Mission: A volunteer organization bringing companionship, joy, and quality of life to residents in nursing homes and retirement centers. Holiday Wish List - New men’s and women’s items in all sizes: pajamas, gowns, robes, sweat suits, flannel shirts, socks, house shoes (no scuffs), and new stuffed animals to give to over 3000 nursing home residents. Volunteer Needs - One-on-one visitation, domino or checker players, help with group activities such as bingo, arts and crafts, music and pet therapy for nursing home residents who have no family or their family is too far away to visit regularly. River Valley Regional Food Bank 1420 North 32nd Street, PO BOX 4069, Fort Smith, AR 72914 479-785-0582 tclemons@cscdccaa.org Contact: Ted Clemons, Director Mission: To assist agencies in feeding those in need in our community.. Holiday Wish List - Non-perishable food items, copy paper, Fork Lift 4K, and a new warehouse 25,000 square feet or bigger. Volunteer Needs - Volunteers needed to sort product. The Salvation Army 301 North 6th Street, Fort Smith, AR 72901 479-783-6145, captaingargis@gmail.com Contact: Captain Carlyle Gargis Mission: Preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet the human needs in his name without discrimination. Holiday Wish List - Angel Tree gifts-new gifts/clothing for ages birth to 12 years old, canned food desperately needed. Coats, gloves, hats, cold medicines for the homeless. Personal hygiene items year round. Volunteer Needs– Bell ringers, canned food drives, angel tree workers, Dec. 16-22 we need help to distribute food boxes and angel tree gifts, 365 nights a year we need groups, families, churches, individuals who will provide, prepare, and serve a meal in our “Red Shield Diner” to those in need. Many other volunteer opportunities available throughout the year.

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Sebastian County Drug Court 901 South “B” Street Room 204, Fort Smith, AR 72901 479-784-1507, spage@co.sebastian.ar.us Contact: Shirl J. Page, Coordinator Mission: To assist clients in their substance abuse rehabilitation process through court supervision. Holiday Wish List - Bus passes Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Crawford, Franklin, and Sebastian 5401 Rogers Avenue, Suite 204, Fort Smith, AR 72903 PO BOX 8108, Fort Smith, AR 72902 479-434-6171, spsf_ar@yahoo.com Contact: Linda Kaufenberg, Executive Director Mission: To provide supplemental financial assistance to those single parents who are pursuing a post secondary course of instruction that will improve their income-earning potential. Holiday Wish List - Items to include in year in gift “Party in a Box” to help recipients celebrate another year completed in school. These items can be candy, popcorn packets, little toys for children, coloring books, crayons, samples of perfume and cosmetics, children's books, spaghetti sauce, and spaghetti. Individuals or clubs that would like to adopt a SPSF CFS family for Christmas providing food and one gift for recipient and his/her child(ren). Volunteer Needs - Become a member of friends of the Single Parent Scholarship fund to help with fundraisers, interviews, and receptions and to advocate in the community for SPSF CFS.

UAMS Kids First 6601 Phoenix Avenue, Suite B, Fort Smith, AR 72903 479-785-9091, smithnormaj@uams.edu Contact: Norma Smith, Manager of Staff Development Mission: Identify developmental delays in children aged 0-5 and address these delays with a multi-disciplinary therapy program along with a comprehensive preschool program. Holiday Wish List - Childrens books-board books, cloth books, and preschool books. United Way of Fort Smith Area 320 South 18th Street, PO BOX 2300, Fort Smith, AR 72902 479-782-1311, tomminton@mynewroads.com Contact: Tom Minton, Executive Director Mission: To improve lives by connecting people and resources in our six-county area. Holiday Wish List - Gifts in honor or memory of individuals to support the annual fundraising campaign or the endowment.

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Volunteer and donation opportunities in Western Arkansas Create memories with your loved ones this holiday season Access this guide at www.unitedwayfortsmith.org

United Way of Fort Smith Area provides this information as a service based on the information submitted to it by area non-profit organizations. Each organization listed bears sole responsibility for the information and volunteer opportunities identified, including, but not limited to, all of the organization’s selection of volunteers, and the terms and conditions of participation. United Way bears no responsibility for the activities, programs and actions of these organizations.

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