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Meet the Locals

Meet the Locals is an ongoing series featuring community members who have relocated to Northwest Arkansas from all over the state, country and world. When asked what makes Northwest Arkansas so great, a typical response is “it’s the people!” We wanted to capture their stories and share them as an insight and encouragement to you, if you’re considering a move or have recently relocated.

If you have a story to share, please contact us.


Mercy Northwest | c/o: Mercy Northwest

Hospitals & Specialists

Northwest Arkansas offers exceptional healthcare options. From cardiac, to neurology to pediatric care, Northwest Arkansas is well covered, and continues to invest in future growth.

Two current projects — the construction of a Children’s Hospital and a major expansion focused on women’s health and neonatal care at Washington Regional Medical Center —will advance health care options in Northwest Arkansas.

Arkansas Children’s Hospital recently announced the construction of a new campus in Northwest Arkansas, as part of their plan to provide Arkansas with excellent pediatric care. It is estimated that the pediatric population in Northwest Arkansas is growing two-to three-times faster than in any other part of the state. The Northwest Arkansas Children’s Hospital will allow 70% of NWA residents to access specialized pediatric care in 30 minutes or less.

Just one year after completing a $60 million expansion, Washington Regional Medical Center has announced a $44M expansion that will add 23,850 square feet of new space for operating rooms, the catheterization lab, and 20 additional beds in the hospital’s critical care unit. The plans also call for a robotic operating room. The project is set to be completed in early 2019. Washington Regional Medical Center is a level II trauma center, and also currently the largest hospital in the region, located in Fayetteville.

The region’s newest hospital, Mercy Northwest Arkansas, has over 30 clinics in cities including Bella Vista, Bentonville, Centerton, Lowell, Rogers and Springdale. Mercy’s also has a medflight helicopter available to residents 24/7.

Mercy recently announced a quarter-billion dollar investment into a five year, strategic plan. The community-presence plan focuses on access to basic and specialized healthcare by expanding physical infrastructure and adding healthcare jobs.

What this means, is that we’ll start seeing more primary and specialized health clinics throughout Benton and Washington County. Mercy will continue to focus and expand their capacity to serve their specialities – heart and vascular care, and women’s and children’s services. They’ll also be adding a new tower and almost 100 new inpatient beds.

Northwest Health System is the region’s second largest healthcare provider, with three hospitals in Bentonville, Springdale and Johnson, and numerous clinics throughout the region. They offer specialized cardiac and neonatal intensive care.

Additionally, Northwest Arkansas is fortunate to have a Veterans Health Administration Hospital. The VA provides outpatient services, including counseling and access to support groups.

Washington Regional Medical Center | c/o: WRMC
Future Home of Arkansas Children's Hospital | c/o: Arkansas Children's Hospital


Live United Day | c/o: United Way of Northwest Arkansas

Volunteer Resources

Volunteering is an obvious-but-effective way to meet people, especially in Northwest Arkansas, who’s philanthropic commitment is second to none. Plus, it’s a win-win, meeting people while making a difference? Yes, please. There are volunteer opportunities spanning interests, from advocating for Northwest Arkansas children to clearing bike trails.

United Way Northwest Arkansas partners with more than 100 area profits, and is a great resource for finding volunteer opportunities throughout the region. United Way focuses on four major initiatives – education, income, and health.

Education is essential to obtaining and keeping a job with a livable wage and health benefits. An income sufficient to pay for daily necessities and save for the future provides families with financial stability and a sense of hope. Access to quality health care keeps children on track in school and adults productive at work. Remove any of these building blocks and the other two are certain to topple.

The four focus areas reflect the variation of partners throughout the region. Northwest Arkansas organizations post volunteer opportunities frequently on a platform called Volunteer MatchOffering over 30 causes, you can search opportunities based on your zip code and organizational interest.

There are multiple volunteer events throughout the community. Northwest Arkansas Emerging Leaders organizes a day of service, as well as the University of Arkansas. Organizations like FAST frequently invite the community to join in on bike/ped trail cleanups announced on their Facebook.

This is a sampling of volunteer opportunities throughout the region. The blog will occasionally list opportunities, or alternatively, if you have a question about a specific organization or would like to be connected to a group, please contact us.

United Way Volunteers | c/o: United Way Northwest Arkansas

When I moved to Northwest Arkansas in 2013 I knew no one and was very unfamiliar with the area. I started volunteering with United Way of Northwest Arkansas and quickly had so many doors open... I have met so many incredible people from all different sectors and backgrounds, and have had the opportunity to really see what the heart of Northwest Arkansas, and its community members, looks like.

Kelsey Brock

Foundations in Northwest Arkansas

Northwest Arkansas is home to some of the most impactful Foundations in the United States. The Walton Family Foundation, the Endeavor Foundation, Walmart Foundation and Tyson Foods Foundation are among those investing heavily in Northwest Arkansas. Recent examples of investment in Northwest Arkansas include the Design Excellence program, the Razorback Regional Greenway, support for Downtown Development throughout the region, and a world class pre-k through 12 education system in Northwest Arkansas.


Northwest Arkansas is a diverse community, whose members represent diverse systems of belief. From Mosques, to Synagogues, to Churches, Northwest Arkansas is a tolerant and welcoming community. For more information on individual places of worship throughout Northwest Arkansas and how become connected to them, check out Diversity NWA.

Our region is home to the following faiths:

  • Antiochian Orthodox
  • Assembly of God
  • Baha’i
  • Baptist
  • Buddhist
  • Roman Catholic
  • Christian
  • Church of Christ
  • Church of God in Christ
  • Disciples of Christ
  • Episcopal
  • Hindu
  • Historically African American Congregations
  • Islamic
  • Jewish
  • Lutheran
  • Methodist
  • Nazarene
  • Non-denominational
  • Pentecostal
  • Presbyterian
  • Seventh-Day Adventist
  • Unitarian Universalist