Women with a Mission Fort Smith

Catherine McAuley

A mission-minded woman, Catherine McAuley founded Sisters of Mercy. In 1827 she was moved to respond to the suffering and poverty she witnessed around her in Dublin, Ireland. With a $1 million inheritance she established the first House of Mercy in Dublin. Today, we continue to strive to carry on Catherine’s mission to serve the poor, sick and uneducated - especially women, children and the elderly.

As Women with a Mission, we strive to continue the mission of Mercy’s founder, Catherine McAuley. For more than seven generations, Mercy has established a legacy of care giving and commitment marked by compassion and excellence that continues today.

Through pooled resources and collaboration, Women with a Mission seeks to improve health care in Fort Smith and the River Valley region.

Established in 2008, the Society has enhanced the quality of health care through the purchase of:

  • Chemotherapy chairs
  • Repeater pump for Mercy’s inpatient pharmacy
  • Upgrades for Mercy’s mobile mammography van


Membership is open to all who support the mission of Mercy Fort Smith with a minimum $1,000 annual gift.

Each year, the members of Women with a Mission identify health care needs within Mercy. Each member is an equal partner in the decision-making process; and 100 percent of your gift goes toward the selected project(s).

“The giving of altruistic and philanthropic gifts whether it be your time, talent or money, is not only a significant and beneficial contribution to others but to yourself as well.”
- Stacy J. Goodman

"What better way to support health care than to have a group of women join their contributions to make a stronger impact at our hospital.
- Joan McCoy

Benefits and Activities

The satisfaction of knowing you are part of an empowered group of women who desire to make a difference in health care is a great feeling. Members gather three times a year to network and socialize. Attendance is encouraged but not required.