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Community

Meet the Locals

Meet the Locals is an ongoing series, featuring community members who have relocated to Northwest Arkansas from other states and countries. When asked what makes Northwest Arkansas so great, a typical response is “It’s the people!” We captured their stories and share them as an insight and encouragement to people who are considering a move to Northwest Arkansas.

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

Healthcare

Mercy Northwest | c/o: Mercy Northwest

Hospitals & Specialists

Northwest Arkansas offers high-quality healthcare, and there are incredible investments being made to make it even better.

The biggest of the expansion is what’s happening at Mercy Northwest Arkansas, a hospital in Rogers and more than 30 health clinics in cities that include Bella Vista, Bentonville, Centerton, Lowell, Rogers and Springdale. Mercy also has a medflight helicopter available to residents 24/7.

Mercy in 2016 announced a $247 million investment as part of a five-year strategic plan. The community-presence plan focuses on access to basic and specialized healthcare by expanding healthcare infrastructure and adding jobs.

Arkansas Children’s Northwest, a campus of Arkansas Children’s Hospital, opened in Springdale in early 2018. Its opening is considered a major win for Northwest Arkansas and it’s a great addition to the healthcare community.

Washington Regional Medical Center completed a $60 million expansion and then followed it up with a $44 million expansion. Washington Regional Medical Center is a level II trauma center, and it’s the largest hospital in the region, located in Fayetteville.

Northwest Health System has hospitals in Bentonville, Springdale and Johnson, and there are numerous clinics throughout the region. The system offers specialized cardiac and neonatal intensive care.

Additionally, Northwest Arkansas has a Veterans Administration Hospital. The hospital, which is part of the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks, provides outpatient services, including counseling and access to support groups. Many veterans choose to live in Northwest Arkansas because any city in the region is a short drive from the VA hospital in Fayetteville.

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

Philanthropy

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

Volunteer Resources

Volunteering is an effective way to meet people while contributing to the greater good of Northwest Arkansas. The region’s philanthropic commitment is second to none. Volunteer opportunities span interests that include everything from supporting the success of  Northwest Arkansas children to ensuring that community parks and lakes are void of litter.

United Way Northwest Arkansas partners with more than 100 area nonprofits, and it’s a great resource for finding volunteer opportunities. United Way focuses on initiatives such as 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 focus areas reflect the variation of partners throughout the region. Northwest Arkansas organizations post volunteer opportunities frequently on a platform called Volunteer MatchIt’s possible to search opportunities based on zip code and the volunteer’s interest.

There are multiple volunteer events throughout the region. For example, Northwest Arkansas Emerging Leaders organizes a day of service. There are other volunteer opportunities with dozens of groups, including the

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 in Northwest Arkansas’ future.

Faith

Northwest Arkansas is a diverse community, whose members represent diverse systems of belief. From mosques to synagogues, to churches, Northwest Arkansas is a welcoming community.

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