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Our Vision Statement

The United Way of the Ouachitas envisions a community where all individuals and families achieve their full potential.

General Diversity Statement

United Way seeks to engage the entire community in our work without regard to race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, age, gender, gender identity and expression, disability, sexual disorientation, veteran-status, familial status or socio-economic status. That commitment will be reflected in all aspects of United Way's work - service delivery, staffing or volunteer participation.

Our Mission

The United Way of the Ouachitas unites people and resources to improve lives and build a stronger community. We will do this by focusing on the three building blocks of a better quality of life– education, health and safety, and financial stability, with a particular focus on reducing childhood poverty.


Key Drivers

  • Strengthen community investment results and build partner networks that address community needs
  • Enhance donor interaction and provide meaningful opportunities for donors to give, advocate and volunteer
  • Advance public perception as the community mobilizer and developer
  • Develop a high performance organization
Investment Results and Partner Networks
Strengthen community investment results and build partner networks that address community needs
  • Organize a Funder’s Roundtable to better coordinate community-wide investments in order to increase impact
  • Organize a Childhood Poverty Advisory Committee to help develop an effective strategy and establish meaningful metrics to lower childhood poverty in the Ouachita area
  • Complete the AmeriCorps grant proposal and begin implementation, if approved
  • Implement Charity Tracker internally and encourage its use by all partner agencies and others involved in charitable activities (churches, schools, etc.)
  • Focus at least 25% of funding on new childhood poverty reduction initiatives
  • Identify and implement new collaborative opportunities, especially in the area of childhood poverty
Advance Public Perception
Advance public perception as a community energizer and developer
  • Develop and distribute quarterly newsletter for distribution to current and potential donors focusing on community impact results; determine best distribution method(s), i.e. electronic and/or hardcopy
  • Attempt to get stronger editorial support from local newspapers and radios
  • Develop stronger relationships with the business community
  • Continue to expand awareness of collective impact work in the community
High Performance Organization
Develop a high performance organization
  • Recruit at least 2 new CEO’s for the Board of Directors
  • Increase staff use of electronic tools and communication
  • Sarah to attend UW Fundraising for Impact Summit
  • Continue to recruit new CEO’s for the Board of Directors to achieve at least 30% of Board membership
  • Reduce operating expense ratio to 12-15%
  • Board member training
Name Change
Our United Way Worldwide zip codes include Garland, Montgomery, Polk, and parts of Saline, Hot Spring, Clark, and Pike Counties. Our Partner agencies delivery areas includes all of these counties as well.
The Board of the United Way of Garland County voted to change the name of the organization to, "United Way of the Ouachitas," on January 19, 2016. The name change is to be communicated to the public over the course of the next twelve months through a comprehensive marketing plan.