Over 750 volunteers joined forces today on April 22 to serve at organizations that improve lives in our communities. Volunteers completed projects from Ozark to Sallisaw and Van Buren to Booneville.

United Way Board Chairman, Burton Weis with USA Truck, Inc., spoke at the kick-off breakfast at Golden Corral, on the importance of volunteers to the United Way, thanking them and our sponsors whom without them all this day would not be possible. There were 87 projects in our six-county area which includes, Crawford, Franklin, Logan and Sebastian counties in Arkansas and Leflore and Sequoyah in Oklahoma. United Way Executive Director, Tom Minton announced at the breakfast that the value of the volunteer hours from today adds up to over $65,000. Arvest Bank and Golden Living had the largest number of volunteers for today’s event; both companies had over 50 volunteers participating.

All of the agencies were very thankful for the volunteers and the hours they put in today. Cindy Stokes with Gateway House said "the volunteers were doing a wonderful job". Projects completed today ranged from visiting with the elderly in local nursing homes through Project Compassion to helping the clients at Abilities Unlimited cook a meal for the volunteers for lunch.

Projects also included, landscaping and cleanup at the Girls Shelter, Harbor Recovery Center, painting and tile work and Girls, Inc, and the list goes on. Projects were also completed for the cities of Fort Smith, Greenwood, Mulberry, Mansfield, Charleston, and Van Buren.

United Way of Fort Smith Area holds Day of Caring each year in April United Way of Fort Smith Area provides funding for 33 non-profit agencies in their six-county service area. You can contact them on their website unitedwayfortsmith.org.