How did the Community House come to be?
In 1923, Eldridge Johnson, a successful businessman in town, was approached by a group of Moorestown residents looking for land and financing to build a community center. Mr. Johnson agreed to donate the funds necessary to build the facility, along with establishing a “permanent maintenance fund” for building operations. He challenged the community to raise funds towards building the community center and within eight months, more than $106,000 was raised in a town-wide fund drive. Donations came from 740 individuals, 500 school children and dozens of local civic and fraternal organizations. Mr. Johnson ultimately donated $250,000 and established a “permanent maintenance fund,” which at the time was $117,000. The Community House opened its doors on April 11, 1926.
Why is the Moorestown Community House unique?
No other town or community in NJ has a community center such as ours.
Who owns and operates the Moorestown Community House?
The Community House of Moorestown is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with tax-exempt status. Operations are overseen by a 15-member Board of Trustees and governed by a Charter and set of By Laws.
How many employees does the Moorestown Community House have?
Six (6) – Executive Director, Events Manager, 2 maintenance men, 2 night and weekend attendants
How big is the Moorestown Community House?
The building is 25,000 square feet. It has 3 floors, 29 rooms, 5 bathrooms, a pool with locker rooms and an elevator. The grounds are 2.2 acres.
Does the Community House receive any funding from the local government?
No. The Community House does not receive any Township, County, State or Federal funding.