The spiritual community of Van Buren is rich, with around 50 houses of worship located within the city alone. A variety of religions are represented here, assuring faith-seekers will find a place of worship to suit their needs. These religious institutions remain active in the community, providing outreach services, educational programs and events to accompany their regular worship services.
In addition to the resources provided through local churches, the area hosts a number of non-profit/not-for-profit organizations dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for the people of Van Buren and beyond. The Alzheimer’s Association’s Western Arkansas Regional Center in Fort Smith works to spread awareness of this disease, promote brain health, advance research for Alzheimer’s and provide care and support to those affected. Bost, Inc. supplies services to individuals enduring intellectual and developmental disabilities and other related conditions. The American Legion Post #62 is part of the world’s largest war-time veterans’ organization, and the Crawford County Volunteers for Literacy is a branch program of the Arkansas Literacy Councils—an organization that dedicates itself to providing various educational programs for adults in the region. Many other groups have been established here, as well, continuing to implement valuable services and programs for those in need.