In the spring of 1938, Isaiah Matlock, chairman of the Asbury Park Kiwanis Club boys and girls program committee, recommended to the board of directors of the Kiwanis Club, that they explore the possibility of establishing a boys club in Asbury Park.
In August of 1940, due to the rapid growth of the Boys Club program a decision was made to change the name of the Kiwanis Boys Club to the Boys Club of Asbury Park.
Through the efforts of Gus Villipiano and Thomas Shebell, Sr. Mr. James Rollo, President of the Asbury Park New York Transit company became interested in the establishment of a new Boys home. Mr. Rollo purchased a land lot at 1201 Monroe Ave for the new facility and contributed $35,000.00 toward the building cost. Construction began soon after and the new clubhouse was opened on July 29, 1952.
In September of 1954, a special gymnasium fund raising dinner was held honoring world boxing champion Rocky Marciano and twenty thousand dollars was raised. With the election of Michael D. Ercolino as president, plans began to develop rapidly and a contract was awarded to James Vacchiano for the construction of a gymnasium at a cost of $48,000.00.
The board of directors had at last completed all expansion programs and a Boys Club facility valued at $1,300,000 stands as a testimonial to their dedication, interest and concern for the youth of the community functioning in a sound and business-like manner, the board of directors were able to complete all expansion programs without incurring any indebtedness on the part of the organization.
In 1992 The Boys Club changed its name to Boys & Girls Club of Monmouth County. In September 2000 a revitalization of the organization formed new volunteer and professional leadership. A strategic plan was developed to guide the organization over the next several years.
In 2007 the Red Bank, NJ area was identified as an area of need. In September 2009, the Red Bank Unit opened its doors.
As of 2014, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County is bettering the lives of 1,800 children and teens between both units–Asbury Park and Red Bank.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County is a private non-profit organization that serves children that come from some of the most difficult circumstances in the County.
Currently, we have two facilities, the Red Bank Unit in Red Bank, NJ and the Asbury Park Unit in Asbury Park, NJ. As of 2014, we serve more than 1,800 kids and teens in Monmouth County, New Jersey. Our vision is to have a positive impact on the lives of young people by:
- Providing a safe environment to learn and grow
- Fostering ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals
- Providing life enhancing programs and character development experiences
- Offering hope and opportunity
With a professional licensed staff, Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County’s youth enjoy a variety of activities ranging from swimming in the Club’s pool to exploring the world of computers.
We are a 501(c)(3) organization, tax ID # 21-0694373.