Boys and Girls Club History
Boys & Girls Clubs of America had its beginnings in 1860 with three women in Hartford, Connecticut - Mary Goodwin, Alice Goodwin and Elizabeth Hammersley. Believing that boys who roamed the streets should have a positive alternative, they organized the first Club. With character development as the cornerstone of the experience, the Club focused on capturing boys interests, improving their behavior and increasing their personal expectations and goals. A cause was born.
In early 2012, members of the Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty recognized the need for a Boys & Girls Club in the area. In 2014, the founding members opened two sites serving grades 2-8. With the support of the Board of Directors, generous donors and the community, BGCWCL was fortunate enough to open a new facility in January 2018. The new facility more than doubles the youth we serve and allows us to serve grades 2-12.
The First Boys & Girls Club
The Good Will Club in Hartford, Conn., circa 1900