Name of Business: United Way of Northeast Arkansas
President/CEO/Owner(s)/Manager: Nanette Heard
Phone Number: 870-935-3658
Number of Years in Business: 61
What does your business provide to its customers? United Way of NEA is an organization dedicated to helping people with emphasis on education, income and health.
What are some features that make your business unique? We utilize volunteers and staff who assess community needs, raise funds, allocate resources and encourage collaborative efforts to build a stronger and healthier community. We serve eight counties in Northeast Arkansas. $.99 cents of every dollar stays right here in NEA to meet our mission.
Give us a brief history of your business: A number of prominent business leaders began The United Fund in 1955 to “unite” under one umbrella in order to affect change and improve lives in the community, later changing the name to The United Way. In 2006, the board voted to change the name to United Way of Northeast Arkansas to reflect the work being done throughout the region.
What do you see for the future of your business? We recently began a poverty initiative and we are working to develop programs and goals to work toward eliminating poverty in Northeast Arkansas.
Additional Information: United Way of NEA’s primary means of funding comes through donations from businesses and individuals during our campaign season held September through November. United Way currently funds 21 programs in NEA as well as Imagination Library, Stuff the Bus, Day of Caring and VITA.