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Boys & Girls Clubs of America had its beginnings in 1860 with three women in Hartford, Conn.: Mary Goodwin, Alice Goodwin and Elizabeth Hammersley. Believing that boys who roamed the streets should have a positive alternative, they organized the first Club. A cause was born. In 1990, the Club changed it's name to the Boys & Girls Club of America to recognize that girls were also a part of the cause.
In February of 1992, the Boys & Girls Club of Bloomington-Normal was born. The first site of the Club was in the basement of the John Kane Homes community center. Within the year, the Club had outgrown that space, and they moved to the Lawrence Irvin Neighborhood Center. The Club is currently still housed at the Center.