The Junior League of Fort Smith is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
The Junior League of Fort Smith welcomes all women who exemplify a commitment to voluntarism and desire to improve the community around them.
In 2013, we began tailoring our volunteer efforts to address the foster care crisis in the River Valley Community. Approximately 800 children in the River Valley are placed in foster care each year, while only 400 have placement in a home or shelter. Statewide, there are more than 5,000 children in foster care with only 1,600 foster family homes. The Junior League of Fort Smith has studied this issue and worked to address it with community projects that help recruit and retain foster families, build and furnish children’s shelters, prepare children aging through the foster care system to have the necessary life skills to make it as an adult, and help improve the quality of life for children currently in state care.