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Volunteer

Thank you for considering a volunteer position at The Arc for the River Valley! Each year, more than 100 volunteers, including our Board of Directors, contribute over 2,500 hours of their time and energy to ensure the success of our programs, activities, and events. (See the calendar for the schedule of upcoming events.)

Prospective volunteers should complete this form and contact the office. All volunteer assignments must be preapproved by The Arc staff.

Activities at The Arc office (2301 South 56th Street, Suite 107, Fort Smith, AR 72903):

  1. COMPUTER ACTIVITIES - Our in-office Computer Lab with internet access allows members to learn new skills or enjoy their favorite educational programs and games. Thursdays from 11:00 am-1:00 pm are specially designated for the computers on the calendar, but members can also utilize them anytime Monday-Friday, 10:00 am-4:00 pm.
  2. ART CLASSES - Art classes are held on Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:00 am-1:00 pm. Whether drawing, painting, sculpting, or creating small handicrafts and holiday gifts, our members use art therapy as a creative outlet and an opportunity for peer interaction.
  3. COOKING CLASSES - Cooking classes are held once a month on a Thursday at 11:00 am as listed on the calendar. Featuring simple preparations, these classes teach valuable life skills to members.

Bowling at Midland Bowl (2600 North 32nd Street, Fort Smith, AR 72904):

  1. BOWLING- Recreational Bowling is held at Midland Bowl on Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm and on Saturday afternoons at 3:00 pm. Bowling promotes hand-eye coordination and social skills, as well as providing physical exercise for our members.
Monthly Special Events (held at various locations as described below):

  1. HOLIDAY DANCES/PARTIES - The Mardi Gras Dance in February, Halloween Dance in October, and Christmas Party in December are our largest events. Held at the Fort Smith Senior Center, these dances and parties include a full dinner. Volunteers can help from 3:00 pm-8:00 pm with set up, serving food, interacting with the participants, and take down.
  2. "BARK FOR THE ARC" - Our annual fundraiser is a dog walk held in early May in Ben Geren Park. Participants walk their dogs and compete for honors to "Best Dressed", "Largest Dog", "Ugliest Dog", etc. Volunteers help serve lunch and provide general event support from 8:00 am-12 noon.
  3. FISHING DERBY - In June, the lake at Carol Ann Cross Park is stocked with fish so our members can fish without a fishing license. Prizes are awarded for the largest fish caught, heaviest fish, etc. Volunteers help from 8:00 am-12 noon with baiting hooks and taking fish off the lines or serving lunch to participants.

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