History

The Boys & Girls Club of Hawthorne is a private, non-profit, non-sectarian organization, and is a member agency of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the United Way of Passaic County. The purpose of the Club is to promote the health, social, cultural and character development of youth, regardless of race or religion. Our Boys & Girls Club employs a core of career professionals who are assisted by interested and competent part-time, and volunteer, workers. The Club is headed by a volunteer Board of Trustees, who's primary purpose is set policy and raise operational funds.

Rea Mansion

From 1942 to 1969 the 200 year old Rea Mansion on Goffle Road in Hawthorne served as the original home of the Hawthorne Boys Club. Small, but successful, programs were developed and supervision was provided by volunteers from the community. As the success of the programs spread through the community, the charming, but crowded, Rea Mansion could no longer meet the needs of youth.

In 1970 ground breaking began at the Club's present location on Maitland Avenue. The initial estimated cost of the single story concrete block building was $250,000. By the end of the building, however, the cost had doubled. The land was donated by the town at a rental cost of $1.00 per year on a 100-year lease. Prior to ground breaking, the Board of Trustees chose an Executive Director; the first salaried person hired by the Club.

Once the building foundation was completed the Club truly became a community project. Volunteers, young and old alike, all pitched in. Throughout the entire building construction anonymous gifts would appear on site from civic-minded and generous citizens. Private large pledges and small contributions from local residents continued in until the building was completed and opened in 1972.

Today the Club provides year-round programs and services to boys and girls, as well as adults. Many local organizations and civic groups utilize the Club's facility as well, making the Boys & Girls Club Of Hawthorne a community centerpiece and truly a Positive Place for Kids!