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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Foundations in Northwest Arkansas

Northwest Arkansas is home to some of the most impactful foundations in the United States.