Boys & Girls Clubs of Bethalto
In 1968 the Boys Club began with 25 members. We had caring adults who saw a need and took action to create a positive place for kids. Their goal was to keep kids off street and their main programming revolved around sports and recreation. A core group of volunteers ran the Club for 4 years. In 1972 they secured funding, hired an executive director and met requirements for Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Some years later the Board of Directors saw a need to serve girls and in 1989 became the Boys & Girls Club of Bethalto. In 2016 they saw a need in Brooklyn and opened a site in the Lovejoy School to serve those students with after school and summer programming.
Today the Club serves 1200 youth from Bethalto & 15 surrounding communities. We still have caring adults that volunteer their time to serve as board members and program volunteers.
324 E. Central St.
Bethalto, IL 62010
Boys & Girls Club of Lovejoy
Lovejoy, IL 62059
About Our Club
Mission Statement: To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
Boys & Girls Clubs offer after-school programs to help children improve academic performance, promote positive behavior and increase school attendance. We also help develop high expectations for a greater future. During the summer we offer a safe, caring place form members to go.
Our staff is dedicated to teaching the importance of character in daily life. They are caring adults who strive to direct children to choose right from wrong. They instill a sense of belonging and promote feelings of competence. They give children the chance to make positive choices.
About Our Sites & Programs
We have two locations: Bethalto and Lovejoy School in Brooklyn, where we offer time tested and nationally recognized programs and activities in the areas of:
- Academic Success & Career Development
- Good Character & Citizenship
- Healthy Lifestyles
- The Arts, Sports, Fitness and Recreation
In an effort to continuously serve members during COVID, Boys & Girls Clubs of Bethalto is open for a reduced number of members for out of school time matching the school districts schedule. In an effort to serve all our members we are providing distance-based, virtual programming for Club members, through which Club staff facilitate program activities through online platforms. Boys & Girls Clubs of Bethalto uses software, tools and applications provided by third parties that members, parents/guardians and/or staff access via the Internet and use for purposes of communication and programming. These platforms include Zoom Video Conferencing, MyFuture.net, Facebook, and YouTube. The Club is also providing Grab n’ Go Kits, books and incentives to members to promote continued learning and physical activity. The Club continues to strive to meet the needs of our members and families in innovative and creative ways.
This site is currently closed but the Boys & Girls Club offers virtual programming through this site, as well as virtual homework help and reading as provided in the Bethalto description above. Staff are contacting families, providing Grab n’ Go Kits and books. Contact the Club to arrange for pick up at the school or drop off at your home.
Business is booming as we see an increased need for after school programs and a safe, affordable place for kids to go. Our future is bright because our biggest asset remains the same, caring adults who care about our kids.
Our average daily attendance in a normal summer is over 200 youth and last school year we averaged over 240 each day.
Volunteers play a major role in our organization, supporting the paid staff in many ways. They serve as coaches, mentors, program aids, and sharing their talents through art and cooking classes. Many Alumni continue to give back through volunteering. All volunteers are screened and background checked.
Help Kids Golf Tournament
During non-COVID times our annual dinner auction held in March is always a fun, themed event. It includes something for everyone with silent and live auctions, a designer purse raffle, bourbon/wine pull, lots of socializing, and a great program featuring our Youth of the Year.
Wreath & Grave Blanket Sales
Orders for fresh wreaths, grave blankets and garland are taken in October for November pick up. A wonderful way to support the Club and decorate for the holidays.
Support the Club year round by using Amazon Smile to place your Amazon orders.
Individual Donors welcome year round ☺