Boys and Girls Club of Alma Area, Inc (Alma, AR)


  • Name:Ramona Olson
  • Title:Grants Manager

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Boys and Girls Club of Alma Area, Inc
  • Address:410 East Main Street
    PO Box 1689
    Alma, AR 72921
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:479-632-2070
  • Main fax:479-632-2071

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  • Mission:
  • Our mission is to provide a site where area children can go to find a safe and nurturing environment. We seek to provide guidance and role models for children of all back grounds and family situations by offering structured programs and learning opportunities. By bringing this need to the attention of the community and encourage qualified volunteers to participate we hope to show our children that there are many options available for them to move forward and attain their goals in life. Our staff demonstrates that they can work together while participating in group activities. This is a learning process which all members take part in.
    A majority of our club members are children from At-risk home situations. Realizing this and offering them an options that moves them in a positive direction benefits the children, their families and the community as a whole. We seek to expose all of our children to new and exciting learning experiences on a daily basis.

  • Overview:
  • Research from the National Census Bureau shows that in Arkansas has less than 85% of kids graduating from high school and of those less than 20% go on to get a Bachelor’s Degree in college. With these things in mind a leading mission is to mentor our club members and encourage them to complete their education in order to become productive members of their community. We stress to these children that the best way to better themselves is through education and taking pride in their own achievements.

    To promote learning and ensure that all children have access to the tools they need, we have established within our facility a Learning Center with staff and volunteers to help children with homework assignments, reading improvement, practice assignments on various subjects and tutoring. We also provide a Technical Center to give children an area to access internet and computers to complete class assignments. Children may come in and sit down with a staff member or volunteer any time during business hours for one-on-one assistance. A staff member is available during all business hours to provide help in both areas and work as a liaison between the child and school if there are issues we can’t help them with.

    To keep members active and learning about physical fitness we make use of our gym and dance rooms. These rooms allow for plenty of activity during rainy days and let our children enjoy group activities without the pressure of competition.

    Studies show that children who participate in civic activities are less likely to become pregnant or use drugs, more likely to graduate from high school, have higher rates of school engagement and attendance, have more positive attitudes towards work, are more likely to attend college and have a higher tendency to vote as young adults. The establishment of multiple programs which keep youths active in their community and informed of the opportunities for their future is a necessity in our attempt to guide our children in a direction of a positive and self-sufficient future. With this in mind we work to keep children involved as much as possible within our ability by bringing in guest speakers from the Arkansas Department of Education, Arkansas Game and Fish Department, Arkansas Fisheries Department and various other professionals from our community to discuss opportunities and ways to participate.

    In 2013 our organization added a program to provide meals after school and during the summer months for any child that attends our facility. This program is sponsored in conjunction with the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). We provide after school meals and snacks throughout the school year and during the summer we provide 2 meals and 1 snacks at a minimum to each child. During the first 9 months of this program we served approximately 7,000 balanced and nutritious meals and nearly 4,000 afterschool snacks to low income and At-risk area children. Any child that walks into our facility is offered meals and snacks at no additional cost to them or their family. In a time when many children are only getting nutritious meals from their schools and organizations such as ours, we feel this is a program which needed to become firmly established within our organization.

    The Junior Leadership program was established in 2014 as a way to promote confidence and encourage our teens to willing take on active leadership roles. They are asked to donate 40 hours of community service each term and participate in organizational fund raisers.

    By making use of our 23 acres we are able to have hands on science classes. Our Program Manager is able to make use of the natural environment to teach weekly classes on everything from earth composition, plant seed distribution to invertebrates and resource conservation. The goal of this program is to make learning fun and interactive for our club members. Each week there is a different subject for discussion with plenty of hands-on activity to keep our participants interested and ready for the next session.

  • History:
  • The Boys and Girls Club of Alma Area Inc. (BGCAAI) was established in 2007 by the city of Alma with the intent to provide children between the ages of 5 and 18 with a place to go after school and during summer break. This 20,000 square foot facility and it's surrounding 23 acres are meant to be a safe haven, providing organized programs and activities for all children in this community while offering guidance, mentors and a place to form friendships for those that need it.

    This facility houses a full size gym, dance room, learning center, game room, art room, media room, technical center and pre-teen club room. All activities are supervised and monitored by trained staff and volunteers. Security cameras throughout the building allow us to monitor activities. Only club members, staff and volunteers are allowed within the facility. Guests must be escorted at all times for the safety and security of our children.

    Statistics from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention state that on an average there are 61,000 youth offenders in juvenile facilities nationwide with a daily cost of over 7 million dollars to the justice system. Our goal centers on keeping the children in this area from becoming a part of that statistic. We work to do this by involving our teens in our Junior Leadership program and teaching our younger children to respect each other.

    In previous years we have spent much time trying to determine how best to serve the children of this community. We did not want to become a "baby sitting service". Our goals are to keep children interested and active enough that they want to come back and participate in our science class, basketball games or have play time with friends. When they leave here we want to hear them telling their family and friends what they have learned from us today.

    We endeavor for them to understand that if they are having trouble with school work there are options available here and we will help them as much as we can. Their education is important to us. Our volunteers are more than willing to pitch in and help tutor children with school work.

    During 2013 our focus was on making use of our commercial style kitchen to provide afterschool and summer meals to all of our club members and any other child that was in need of being fed. This program has been a true success and the number of children being fed daily continues to grow.

    During 2014 we started the establishment of 3 tournament size soccer fields and an educational garden. Our goals for 2015 are to firmly establish our natural science program with walking trails, a frog pond and environmental studies club.

  • Year established:2007
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:9
  • Advisory board size:9
  • Staff size:10


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(2)
  • Tax ID:74-3072145

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:743072145
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:410 E MAIN ST
  • Organization City:ALMA
  • Organization State:AR
  • Organization Zip:72921-3720
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:August, 2003
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:16
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization that normally receives no more than one third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes. 509(a)(2)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:O23
  • Asset Amount:$2,135,700
  • Asset Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$1,996,596
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$1,996,596
  • Last Updated:3/23/2018 3:52:24 am

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