Inspiring Us This Week: Boys and Girls Club of Benton County

Each week, we’d like to take time to do a #FeatureFriday on an organization that is doing big things for child poverty in our community. We at the United Way of NWA are fortunate to have many, many organizations that we’re proud to come alongside and make a difference on a daily basis, impacting children in our own backyard.

This week, we’re proud to be featuring The Boys and Girls Club of Benton County. Jonetta Sullivan, the Marketing and Events Manager at The Boys and Girls Club of Benton County, and a few others shared with us a bit about their plans for their “Building New Futures” program that received First Step Funding under the Children Living In Poverty (CLIP) initiative from United Way NWA. This program will expand services into the Pea Ridge School District focusing on after-school programs, education, and health and wellness. Take a look at what they have to say about the purpose and vision of this program!

“The Pea Ridge Club currently serves ages 6 through 5th grade within the Pea Ridge school system.  We are so fortunate to have the use of the Pea Ridge Intermediate School gym to center around our Club programs – Academic Success, Good Character & Leadership, and Healthy Lifestyles. The need in Pea Ridge grew from many of their youth going home to empty houses.  Without supervision, they did not have the support or resources to even complete their homework.  We’ve not been open long enough to truly measure our impact in Pea Ridge, but if this is any indicator, 68 families registered their children for the Boys & Girls Club in that first night alone!  We are so happy to be a part of this community and partnering with the United Way and hope, together, to make a difference in Pea Ridge!”

– Jonetta Sullivan, Marketing and Vents Manager Boys & Girls Club of Benton County.


“We know the after school hours are a critical time of the day.  We are excited to bring our programs to the youth families of Pea Ridge.  Our focus will continue to be on kids who need us most and deliver high quality programs in areas of academic success, character and leadership, as well as, healthy lifestyles.”

– Jason Barta, CEO Boys & Girls Club of Benton County.


“The Pea Ridge School District and the Pea Ridge Community is excited for the opportunity to partner with the Boys and Girls Club (of Benton County) and the United Way. The benefits of having after-school tutoring, mentoring, and educational programs will help provide needed support to our students. Thank you United Way for supporting Pea Ridge and welcome to the Pea Ridge family. “

—Rick Neal, Superintendent of Pea Ridge Schools.

The Boys and Girls Club of Benton County, Pea Ridge Unit, is hosting a Community Open House on Tuesday, November 15th. To learn more, view the event’s informational flyer here.