About Us

United Way of North Central Arkansas' mission is to increase the organized capacity of people to care for one another.

Our History

Kids wearing Live United shirts

United Way of North Central Arkansas has been mobilizing the community to advance the common good since 1981. What is now United Way of North Central Arkansas began as a Community Chest organization in 1981 by a group of members in our community dedicated to advancing the community in the areas of income, education and health. We then became United Way of Independence County just five months later, in January of 1982.

Our Service Area

Sharp, Izard, Stone, Independence, and Cleburne counties on an Arkansas map

United Way of North Central Arkansas serves North Cleburne, Independence, Izard, Sharp and Stone Counties.

Our service area expanded in 2014 and in 2015 we changed our name to United Way of North Central Arkansas. As our campaign grows in Izard, Sharp, Stone and Cleburne counties we are able expand our partnerships and initiatives. We have been proudly serving our community for 35 years.

FAQs

Q: What is United Way?

A: United Way is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) agency that brings people together to help our community reach its full potential. We partner with local nonprofits, businesses, government and social service agencies to address our community's most pressing needs. Our mission is increase the organized capacity of people to care for one another.

Q: Who and where do you help?

A: United Way of North Central Arkansas serves people living at or on the edge of poverty in North Cleburne, Independence, Izard, Sharp and Stone counties.

Q: Who runs United Way?

A: Our staff works with knowledgeable, well-trained volunteers who represent our diverse community. They carry out the planning and implementation of United Way functions.

  • A volunteer board of directors sets policy and strategic direction.
  • Various volunteer committees oversee financial practices and provide counsel on operational issues.

Our volunteer network is a key reason why our administrative and fundraising costs are among the lowest of any nonprofit. More of your contribution goes directly to help people.

  • Our Executive Director is Allison Phelps.
  • The Chair of the Board and Executive Committee is Maggie Williams.

Q: How can my agency become a United Way agency?

A: Agencies interested in United Way funding can apply for a grant. We'll contact you and, if applicable, place your agency’s information in a database. We'll let you know when funding opportunities become available for new programs.

Q: I don't benefit, so why should I give?

A: You, a family member, friend or coworker may have already used the services of United Way partner agencies without realizing it. We all win when our community reaches its full potential. When you support United Way, you help build a better life for us all.