Boys & Girls Clubs of Bethalto

Our History

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 the streets 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 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
Phone 618-377-6030

Boys & Girls Club of Lovejoy

800 Madison Avenue
Lovejoy, IL 62059 Phone 618-377-6030


More coming soon.

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 for 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:



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 Dinner Auction This annual dinner auction 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.

Help Kids Golf Tournament – June 11, 2022 Click here for more information.

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.