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.
Are you a current or former foster youth who is planning to attend a college, university, or trade school in 2019? If so, please click below to check out our new scholarship!
The Junior League of Fort Smith is now accepting vendors to have a booth at our 2019 Fostering Fashion event. This is an open shopping market unveiling spring fashions and goods. It will be an all-day shopping event with general shopping available from 9am to 3pm. We will have a children's event during the morning hours and then a fashion show and cocktail event from 5pm to 10pm. The proceeds from the fundraising support our community projects benefiting children in foster care.