City of Fort Smith Spotlight of the Month is..

Project Compassion


Hurrah for Project Compassion!!!!  This wonderful organization began in 1972 when Gloria White visited a friend living in a nursing home.  She was stunned by the number of residents who had no visitors.  It started as a one-to-one visitation program and that is still the heartbeat of this dynamic organization.

Project Compassion has a mission to bring joy, companionship, and quality of life to residents of nursing homes. The Arkansas counties they serve are Crawford, Franklin, Logan and Sebastian. Project Compassion has over 300 volunteers who provide one-to-one visits, assist with group activities such as cards, crafts, bingo, and pet and music therapies.

Hearts of Gold is an annual holiday gift drive, it strives to provide a meaningful Christmas gifts to the residents in every facility they serve.  Gift ideas include sweat suits, pajamas, socks, house shoes, etc.  For many residents, especially those with no family, these may be the only new items they receive that year.  A lot of City of Fort Smith employees have been participating in this gift drive for many years.

If you would like to help Project Compassion they can be reached at 479-783-2273 or

You can help make a difference – I did!  Wendy Mathis