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 more than 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 contact the office for a volunteer application. All volunteer assignments must be pre-approved by The Arc staff.

Activities at The Arc office:

7821 Texas Road, Fort Smith, AR 72903

COMPUTER ACTIVITIES - Our in-office Computer Lab with internet access allows members to learn new skills or enjoy their favorite educational programs and games. Members can utilize the computers anytime Monday-Friday, 10:00 am-4:00 pm. 

ART CLASSES - Art classes are held on most Tuesdays at 2pm. (We do cooking class instead on the second Tuesday of the month.) 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.  Come join Kathy Semtner for a creative and fun time.  

COOKING CLASSES - Cooking classes are held at 2:30pm on the second Tuesday of the month. Featuring simple preparations, these classes teach valuable life skills to our members.

SCIENCE CLASS - On the fourth Wednesday of the month, Rachel Loftin conducts a Science Class which usually involves a science experiment.  The class starts at 2pm and all Arc members are welcome. 

KARAOKE - You asked for it so we are doing more karaoke.  Our members will present their favorite songs during karaoke the second Wednesday of the month at 1:30pm.  Afterward, we'll have birthday cake and celebrate any birthdays occurring during that month. 

EXERCISE - Join Sheri Tickler for Exercise Class each Thursday and Friday at 2pm.  Work on your strength and balance while having a great time with other Arc members.   

MOVIE MONDAY - Each Monday at 1pm, the Arc presents the Arc Movie of the Week.  We'll have popcorn, drinks and a great time.  It's all free for Arc members.  

Bowling at Midland Bowl:

 2600 North 32nd Street, Fort Smith, AR 72904

BOWLING - Recreational Bowling is held at Midland Bowl on Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm. Bowling promotes hand-eye coordination and social skills, as well as providing physical exercise for our members.

Monthly Special Events:

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 setting up, serving food, interacting with the participants, and take down.

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.

Contact Us

7821 Texas Road
Fort Smith, Arkansas 72908

phone: (479) 783-5529
fax: (479) 783-5394

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