About Us

who we are

A History of Service to Youth Since 1871
Incorporated in 1871, the Boys & Girls club of Greater New Bedford, originally known as the Union for Good Works, was formed to meet the needs of boys from low-income predominantly immigrant families.  The Boys & Girls Club also has the proud distinction of being the third oldest Boys & Girls Club in the United States.

mission statement

The Boys & Girls Club is dedicated to providing a stimulating and wholesome environment which promotes social, educational, character, and physical development for children and young adults.  Its goal is to assist youth from all socio-economic backgrounds to develop the positive qualities required to become responsible citizens and leaders.
The Club serves a wide, diverse group of boys and girls 7-18 years of age. The annual membership ranges from 1,200-1,500 youth each year with an additional 2,500 non eber youth served through various events and programs. More than 60% of the registered membership is low to moderate income households many with single parents. The Club puts a strong focus on youth residing in public housing complexes and disadvantaged neighborhoods.  The Boys & Girls Club of Greater New Bedford/Wareham serves youth throughout the City of New Bedford as well as surrounding towns which include Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Freetown, Westport, Mattapoisett, Acushnet, Rochester and Marion and now with its newly established unit in the Town of Wareham serving youth in Wareham and Onset.

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