United Way Launches Centennial Celebation

United Way Launches Centennial Anniversary

One hundred years of continuous service to the Hot Springs region began in 1917 with the formation of the Associated Charities.  Over the years, this group came to be known as the United Way, acting as the “community chest” which collects donations from area businesses and their employees and granting needed funds to deserving non-profit organizations throughout the region.

Known for many years as the United Way of Garland County, the organization will launch its centennial celebration at its Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at the Hot Springs Country Club.  In addition to honoring those who have contributed treasure and community service, United Way will also be unveiling its new name:  United Way of the Ouachitas.

The Ouachita Region covers Garland, Montgomery, Pike, Polk, and parts of Clark, Hot Spring, and Saline counties.  Partner Agencies funded by United Way grants - like First Step, Our Promise, Project HOPE Food Bank, the Tuggle Clinic, Ouachita Children’s Center -  serve clients in all these areas, stretching all the way to the Oklahoma border.  To acknowledge and embrace these adjoining counties as part of our territory, United Way will begin operating as the United Way of the Ouachitas.

Through good times and bad, during prosperity and uncertainty, the familiar beacon of United Way has continuously shone its light upon all members of our community.  In gratitude to those who give and serve, and in recognition of those who receive. Unite Way undertakes celebration of its 100 years of service.