Aleooop is a non-profit, quasi-municipal entity serving Allendale since 1995. The program is open to any child eligible for enrollment in the Allendale School District in kindergarten through 8th grades. Nominal fees are charged, although no child is denied program access due to financial need.
Aleooop After School Program
Consists of three sessions held during the school year almost immediately after school. Courses vary and may include piano lessons, chess, tennis, golf, clay, music, painting, etc. An Aleooop on-site director manages the program, while experts teach the courses. The After School Program is an easy, safe way to introduce children to enriching opportunities right in the Hillside Elementary School or Brookside Middle School.
Aleooop Summer Program
Coordinated and directed by certified, experienced school teachers who love what they do. The program runs for 4 weeks from approximately 8:45am to 2:00pm. Age-appropriate activities create an enjoyable, fun, enriching and safe summer experience. Each age group is supervised by a team consisting of a trained head counselor and assistant counselors. The counselor to child ratio is based on the age group. Certified teachers run specialty programs including sports, cooking and art. A typical day also includes a visit to Crestwood Lake for swimming and playing on the beach. “Fun Fridays” culminate the week with special activities and visitors.
Allendale Circle of Support (ACOS)
ACOS was formed in 2020 to provide temporary support to Allendale residents who are struggling financially. The need may be invisible, yet it is present ... even in Allendale. Contributions are used to purchase gift cards to assist with everyday costs such as food, health and hygiene, gas and more.
Many of our community members are looking to lend a helping hand. By donating on the ACOS website, you are helping residents in need while also supporting our local business community.
If you know of someone or find yourself in need, please reach out via the "contact us" tab on the ACOS website, or email us (AllendaleCOS@gmail.com) directly. All requests are handled with the utmost confidentiality..
Allendale Chamber of Commerce
The Allendale Chamber of Commerce is organized to advance the commercial, professional, industrial, and civic interests of Allendale for the overall betterment of the community and to provide social and networking features to promote these purposes. Visit their website at allendalenjchamber.org for more information.
Allendale Garden Club
The Allendale Garden Club is a social and community service group that focuses on gardening and nature. Club activities include monthly speakers, evening tours of local gardens, and community service. In addition, many members volunteer their time to plant and maintain flower gardens on town property. Even if you’re not an active gardener, you are encouraged to join; as long as you appreciate nature and beauty, you’ll find something of interest in the club. For more information please contact Margaret Onesios at (201) 327-2921 or email the club at AllendaleGardenClubnj@yahoo.com
Allendale Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts of America is an organization that sets out to instill values, such as honesty, fairness, courage, compassion, character, sisterhood, confidence, and citizenship, to young women. These values are taught through various hands-on activities that include camping, community service, and first aid instruction. While developing these practical skills, the Girl Scouts earn badges, which recognize various achievements and rank advancements. Membership for this group is organized according to grade. Vist the Allendale Girl Scouts webiste at allendalegirlscouts.org
Please contact Service Unit Manager Ali Zambrotta at 201-906-1672, email for further information.
Scouts BSA (originally founded as the Boy Scouts of America) is a fun, family-friendly program in Allendale that welcomes girls and boys from pre-K through high school ages. The aims of scouting are character development, citizenship training, personal fitness (both mental and physical), and leadership development. Scouting has been in Allendale since 1917 and today Troop 59 is chartered by American Legion Post 57 in Waldwick. In 2022 Troop 59 welcomed its first cohort of girls.
Our Scouts, who can join starting in the fifth grade, learn outdoor skills, leadership and character-building activities. Scouts advance in rank to Eagle Scout with the guidance of trained adult leaders as well as experienced peer Scouts. They participate in a wide range of outdoor activities such as camping, backpacking, whitewater rafting, and canoeing; they also engage the wider Scouting community by attending the West Point Camporee and Council-based leadership training. Most attend summer camp for a week at the end of July where they continue to advance in rank and develop a sense of camaraderie that makes scouting such a wonderful experience. Troop 59 Scouts have hiked many miles at the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, sailed in the Caribbean around the Bahamas, and canoed in Upstate New York.
Allendale also has an active Cub Scout program for boys and girls from pre-K through fifth grades. Packs 59 and 252 are chartered by American Legion Post 57 and Calvary Lutheran Church. The pack has fun monthly outdoor activities, overnights, and hikes. We go camping aboard the U.S.S. Intrepid, on a minor league baseball field, and right in our own backyards at Crestwood Park. Our Cub Scouts have fun racing Pinewood Derby cars and launching water rockets. We are a family pack; all of our events are open to boys and girls and siblings. Cub Scouts meet in dens with kids in their own grade.
Scouts BSA Troop 59 meetings are held Mondays, 7:30-9pm at Trinity Church. Contact Scoutmaster Bill Thomas (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
For more information about Cub Scout Packs 59 and 252 contact Committee Chair Aaron Frankel (email@example.com).
Allendale Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
Providing free, friendly, and professional Emergency Medical Services to the community of Allendale and surrounding area towns since 1937. AVAC partners with other mutual aid organizations to provide basic life support (BLS) and health education. Membership includes training provided by the corps at no cost and instruction in the operation of our state-of-the art vehicles and equipment. Monthly meetings and drills promote the team approach to achieving our goals. Participation can lead to full EMT Certification or Driver lifter status. Social events and other community activities provide a close feeling of membership participation.
Allendale Historic Preservation
The Allendale Historic Preservation was organized for the purpose of preserving the history of Allendale, as well as gathering and distributing this history to Borough residents. Anyone is welcome to join.
Please email Joanne Hart if you are interested.
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
Following the events of September 11, 2001, Citizen Corps was launched as a grassroots strategy to strengthen community safety and preparedness through increased civic education, training, and involvement of the community. Citizen Corps is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), within the Department of Homeland Security and is implemented locally through programs such as the Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT).
Local CERTs provide an opportunity for partnerships between government and community leaders to focus on the following objectives:
- For CERT members to be trained in basic emergency preparedness and response in order to better serve their families, neighbors and coworkers in times of crisis. Provide local Office of Emergency Management (OEM) officials an adjunct emergency and disaster response option in times of extended or severe crisis.
- Provide outreach and preparedness education and training to the community.
- Expand basic skills through ongoing training and drills.
- Provide non-emergency community event support as a way to practice basic skills while being a conduit for emergency communications.
- Community based preparedness planning allows us all to prepare for and respond to anticipated disruptions and potential hazards following a disaster. As individual CERT members, we can prepare our homes and families to cope during that critical post disaster period.
- Deploying the CERT during or after a crisis can enhance the ability of individuals and neighborhoods to reduce their emergency needs and to manage their existing resources until professional assistance becomes available.
CERT training is typically given in the spring and again in the fall and is completely free of charge. The course runs approximately 20 hours, each class about 2-3 hours a week. Please contact the coordinator for course details. We’re always looking for new members and are available to answer any questions.
Please feel free to reach out. Contact Kevin Montayne, Allendale CERT Coordinator or phone (201) 694-6232.
Allendale Volunteer Fire Department
The Allendale Volunteer Fire Department has served the residents of Allendale, NJ for over 100 years. It is staffed by professionally trained volunteers 24/7/365. Our mission is to provide the Borough of Allendale with Fire and Rescue services and provide support to the community.
The AFD is headed by Chief Dave Baez and is located at 1 Erie Plaza, across from the train station. The department has about 50 active members and is 100% Volunteer. Each member goes through extensive firefighter training and certification. Some members are trained at a higher level in technical rescue, heavy vehicle extrication, hazmat, confined space, collapse, and even emergency medical services.
Department membership is open to anyone living in the borough and surrounding towns over the age of 18 years (16 to 18 years for our Junior Dept.) and information about joining can be obtained by stopping by Fire Headquarters any Thursday evening between 7:30 and 9:00 PM. For more information, you can call the Firehouse at (201) 410-6903, The Allendale Fire Department, headed by Chief Dave Baez, consists of one department, staffed by volunteers, located on Erie Plaza, right across the street from the Allendale train station. If you are interested in becoming a firefighter, please stop by the firehouse on any Thursday night around 7:30 p.m. At that time, the members will discuss your involvement and provide you with an application.
Allendale Historical Society
The Allendale Historical Society was organized for the purpose of preserving the history of Allendale, as well as gathering and distributing this history to Borough residents. As a key component of the history of Allendale, please also visit the website for the Historic John Fell House located at 475 Franklin Turnpike at http://www.johnfellhouse.com . The Fell House hosts various events for the community throughout the year and is always looking for history-loving volunteers to support the grounds, house upkeep, and events at the site. Anyone is welcome to join. Please email Joanne Hart at njallendalehistoricalsociety.com. For more about Allendale’s history visit http://www.njallendalehistoricalsociety.com
Allendale Recreation Commission
The Allendale Recreation Commission is a self-sustaining, non-profit organization that was established to sponsor youth recreation programs for children who reside in Allendale. The organization’s goals are to encourage the interest, knowledge, and participation in sports, with an emphasis on fun. It is staffed entirely by volunteers and offers baseball, softball, kickball, soccer and basketball programs. These sports are separated by age, serving children who are in pre-kindergarten to eighth grade, and offered throughout the school year. In order that students can participate in multiple sports in one season, the schedules do not overlap. General meetings are held quarterly; parents are encouraged to attend. Additionally, the A.R.C. is an affiliate chapter of the National Youth Sports Coaches Association.
Further information on programs and donating can be found on the website.
Allendale/Saddle River Rotary Club
We are the Allendale/Saddle River Rotary Club, and we meet bi-monthly for the purpose of increasing awareness of good things going on around us both locally and globally. Rotarians feel a deep sense of responsibility to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
These are a few of the organizations that we currently support; but we are always keeping our ears and eyes open for additional organizations to partner with: Oasis | Bergen County Food Bank | Bergen County Volunteers | Local clubs and communities in Allendale and Saddle River | Gift of Life | The Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative.
We meet the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at 8:00 a.m. at the Coldwell Banker Real Estate Offices in Allendale (on the corner of Allendale Avenue and Franklin Turnpike). Our meeting usually run no more than an hour. Please join us… you may just like us and it could be the beginning of some great friendships! For more information please email Joe Hart, President, Allendale/Saddle River Rotary, at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ASRRotary/
Allendale Volunteer Goose Patrol
In the interest of maintaining clean, safe public areas in our community, the Allendale Volunteer Goose Patrol (AVGP) is a nonprofit group of volunteers dedicated to patrol and herd geese away from designated public areas.
For further information, please visit AVGP.org
Allendale Woman’s Club
Since December 13, 1918, women in Allendale have united in community service activities and philanthropy. Today, the Allendale Woman’s Club is comprised of diverse, talented women who are dedicated to continuing that tradition of volunteerism to make a difference in the community and beyond. In the course of 100
years of women working together, the club has honored the goals of the earlier women’s clubs and strengthened communities.
The club supports many community endeavors: The Allendale Ambulance, Fire, & Police Departments; Boy & Girl Scouts; Celery Farm, Crestwood Lake, & The John Fell House landmarks; Crescent & Orchard Commons residents; Hillside, Brookside, & Northern Highlands Regional High Schools; Lee Memorial Library; and the XYZ Senior Club.
The club also assists the wider community: The Center for Food Action in Mahwah; Center for Hope & Safety in Rochelle Park; Eva’s Village in Paterson; Oasis in Paterson; Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge in Oakland; Rebuilding Together in Ridgewood; West Bergen Mental Healthcare in Ridgewood; and YCS Holley Center in Hackensack (to name just a few).
Popular annual community events are a fashion show, spring and fall plant and flower sales and an annual town-wide garage sale. Along with hosting these events, the organization awards college scholarships to high school seniors each year and coordinates community service outreach programs and education.
Membership is open to all women who reside in Allendale and the surrounding towns.
Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Allendale Borough Hall from September to June. For more information, please visit our website https://allendalewomensclub.org
Allendale Republican Club
The mission of the Allendale Republican Club is to provide an opportunity for residents who believe in Republican ideals to gather, share ideas and opinions and become informed about political issues and candidates. The club strives to engage residents in issues facing the Borough and beyond because each and every vote counts and each vote is critical in bringing about and maintaining the extraordinary community that is Allendale. The club is active in organizing efforts to get out the vote, identifying potential candidates, and providing support to Republican candidates. For more information, please email Allendale.email@example.com or visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/allendalerepublicanclub.
Democratic Club of Allendale
PO Box 627, Allendale NJ 07401
The Democratic Club of Allendale was founded on 20 March 2017. Our mission is to create a forum for an open exchange of information for issues at the local, state and national level and to maintain transparency, honesty and integrity in all of our elected officials. Please join us for a meeting to express your concerns and join the conversation. We meet on the 4th Wednesday of every month in the Council Chambers of Allendale Borough Hall, 500 West Crescent Avenue. For additional information please visit our website, our facebook page, or email.
Friends of the Library
Over 50 years have passed since a band of dedicated “Friends” first came together in support of Lee Memorial Library, as essential an anchor of our community now as it was then. Over these decades, with your help, the Friends have been the catalyst for new spaces, informative programs, and innovative technology at the library. We are a multi-generational, community-focused nonprofit service organization helping the library reach its educational, entertainment, and enrichment goals. Recent donations to the library include the Children’s Room renovation, circulation desk, Friends Reading Room, and lobby book store renovation. We fully fund the library’s Summer Reading Program, its array of museum passes, and hot spot service for mobile Internet access.
The Friends conduct an annual fund drive each spring and hold a year-round ongoing book sale in the lobby of the library. All proceeds raised directly benefit the library. Your support, either as a volunteer or through donations, is appreciated. If you wish to be a member, please join by calling the library at (201) 327-4338 or visiting us online.
Fyke Nature Association
Founded in 1952, Fyke Nature Association is a group of volunteers dedicated to saving undeveloped tracts of land as nature preserves. Currently Fyke, with the Borough of Allendale, co-manages The Celery Farm Natural Area. Together, the groups have been instrumental in keeping this 107-acre freshwater wetland in its natural state. As a result, the wetlands and deciduous woods provide habitat for many mammals, fish, reptiles and insects.
Visit the website (http://www.fykenature.org) for information on meetings, free walks, and membership. Further news about the Celery Farm can be read on Jim Wright’s fine blog https://www.celeryfarm.net
Established in 1919, the Holiday Observers was formed by a few neighbors who pooled their fireworks together to celebrate the Fourth of July. Since then, the organized group celebrates with the residents of Allendale to encourage patriotic observance of holidays and instill respect among young people of Allendale’s traditions. Further information, including a schedule of events, can be found on the official website (https://www.holidayobservers.org).
XYZ Senior Citizens Club
The XYZ Club offers senior citizens of Allendale a place to mingle. Members are provided with lunch at each meeting, along with a variety of entertainment options, such as cards, guest speakers, movies, bus trips, etc. The XYZ Club meets the first Friday of each month at 11:00 a.m. at the Allendale Borough Hall. Contact Maryann Richards at 201-825-0576 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Valley Hospital Auxiliary
The Valley Hospital Auxiliary was a major catalyst in the founding of the hospital, raising funds and establishing community support years before the hospital opened. The Allendale branch is one of ten branches of the Valley Hospital Auxiliary—an organization dedicated to providing volunteer service, community liaisons, and financial support to Valley Hospital. In addition to providing volunteer support to the hospital, the Allendale branch provides financial support through several fundraising events. The branch meetings, which often feature a guest speaker, provide a wonderful opportunity to socialize with other members while planning upcoming events. Meetings are held at member’s homes from September through June. This organization invites you to be a part of the Auxiliary and share part of yourself with others. Branch co-chairs are DeeDee Butwin and Nickie Lisella. Contact DeeDee at 201-739-4616 for membership information.