River Valley United Way leads a movement to address the root causes of issues, rebuild systems, and create new solutions. We take action, advocate, and invest to accelerate positive, community-wide change. Our focus areas include educational success, financial empowerment, and healthy lives.

Below are United Way programs and initiatives designed to support the economic well-being of all people in the River Valley.



211 Help Center

Our certified information and referral specialists are trained to listen, engage, ask questions, assess your needs, and connect you to a community resource from our large database of local providers.





Awarded only in communities served by United Way, the Emergency Food & Shelter Program provides much-needed federal funding to local non-profits.



Dolly Parton's Imagination Library program relies on local affiliates to cover the cost of books and postage. We are the local affiliate for Johnson, Pope and Yell Counties.



It takes a variety of groups and strategies to change a community, not just one program. Because we have such an extensive network of partners, we can make an even more significant impact on our community. Below are the local non-profits for which we have dedicated funds this fiscal year. Many of these organizations have multiple programs funded by River Valley United Way.

Age 2 Age 

CASA of the 5th Judicial District 

Center for Arkansas Legal Services 

Community Service Inc. 

Forrester-Davis Development Center 

Help Network, Inc. 

Johnson County Helping Hands

Ozark Rape Crisis Center 

River Valley Christian Clinic 

River Valley Food 4 Kids 

River Valley Imagination Library

River Valley Shelter for Battered Women & Children

The Russ Bus 

Yell County Imagination Library

211 Arkansas 211 connects callers, at no cost, to critical health and human services in their community.

Emergency Food & Shelter Program Awarded only in communities served by United Way, this program provides much needed federal funding to local non-profits.

Stuff the Bus River Valley United Way's Stuff the Bus supply drive provides students with new school supplies—preparing them for their academic studies, building their self-esteem, and setting them up for success.

NALC Annual Food Drive Always the second Saturday in May - RAIN OR SHINE! Carriers collect non-perishable food donations left by mailboxes and in post offices. United Way volunteers distribute donations to local food pantries the same day.

Day of Caring Day of Caring is the largest community-wide volunteer event across our region, serving Pope, Johnson and Yell counties. Volunteers connect with co-workers, friends, and family to spend the day helping local nonprofits.