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History 

In 1934, Girls Inc. of Fort Smith was established to meet the needs to area girls. The Belle Grove Center was opened and served as a place to provide clothing, health needs, and recreation for the “under privileged” girls. In 1970, Nancy Orr Center was built on Old Greenwood Road. Until 2007, both centers provided to the Fort Smith community. Now the Nancy Orr Center serves as the center of operation. After 80 years of providing to the Fort Smith community, Girls Inc. looks forward to continuing their efforts to make every girl strong, smart, and bold.

Who We Are

Girls Inc. is much more than a place for girls to come see their friends.  The pro-girl, girl-only environment is physically, socially and emotionally safe which confirms that girls can succeed and deserve to be taken seriously.  Staff and volunteers are chosen to provide trusting, mentoring relationships, who are grounded in the belief of girls’ rights and abilities.

What We Do

Programming is intentionally scheduled to focus on girls’ needs and provide exposure to a wide variety of experiences.  Girls Inc. girls participate in interactive activities as part of a national research-based curricula that confront the serious needs of girls while building knowledge, skills and attitude to enable girls to be competent, confident individuals. Our organization believes in sustained exposure to programming to increase positive outcomes and reduce the potential for negative outcomes….

Radiating the mission of inspiring ALL girls to be strong, smart and bold.

 

 

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National Website Link: www.girlsinc.org

Staff

Amanda Daniels; Executive Director
adaniels@girlsincfortsmith.org

Joyce Slack; Marketing Director & Program Specialist
jslack@girlsincfortsmith.org

Patti Cross; Program & Camp Director
pcross@girlsincfortsmith.org

Amy Burrows; Office Manager
info@girlsincfortsmith.org

Marie Richison; Sports & Outreach Coordination
sports@girlsincfortsmith.org

Board of Directors

 

  • Patrick Jacobs; President
  • Greg Carman; Vice President
  • Tina Dale; Secretary
  • Karen Wuthrich; Treasurer
  • Jennifer Caldwell
  • Jennifer Kelley
  • Travis W. Lea
  • Cindy Sparks-Kenna
  • Kim Vann
  • George Moschner
  • Rita Howard-Watkins
  • Tad Steffenson
  • Paula Glidewell
  • Michelle Stockman-Hood
  • Tracy Pennartz
  • Michael Tilley
  • Stephen Taylor
  • Cathy Williams; Ex Officio, Noon Exchange Member

Honorary Members

  • Sherry Sims
  • Dana Craig
  • David Humphrey
  • Nancy Smith-Robinson
  • Jane Wilson
  • Georgianna Yerton

Trustees

  • Bill Burgler
  • Kay Voss
  • Curtis Sawyer
  • Rick Spearman