APHA Mission Statement
Our mission is to provide resident homeowners (house, co-op or condominium) with an organized means of gathering together to develop and implement activities, programs and special projects to enhance the quality of life in our City. Our goal is to increase awareness and spearhead change of the social, civil and educational climate of the city in order to make Asbury Park an even better place to live.
The Asbury Park Homeowners Association is a not-for-profit corporation that was founded in October, 1995.
Within a year of our founding, the Association became known as a progressive organization that made a mark on city life by sponsoring a vintage home tour and holiday decorating contest, by helping to clean up city parks, and by collecting food for the needy.
Weâ€™ve come a long way as an organization. Weâ€™ve established a scholarship fund and an historic preservation fund. Weâ€™ve donated time, money and energy to a range of city organizations and causes. And, as a result of our 1998 â€œQuality of Lifeâ€ campaign, the state Department of Education sent an expert team to help improve our childrenâ€™s education and the Monmouth County Prosecutorâ€™s Office opened a grand jury probe into alleged government crime.
The Associationâ€™s desire is to increase its membership with more residents wanting to make a difference in their community. We hope that you will take this opportunity to get involved and join us in our quest to improve the quality of life in Asbury Park.
- Established a scholarship fund that has provided scholarships for graduating Asbury Park High School students since 1999.
- Sponsored 10 community-wide Holiday Decorating Contests, with numerous prizes donated by local stores and restaurants.
- Sponsored an Annual Asbury Park Vintage Home Tour since 1995.
- Organized a â€œQuality of Lifeâ€ campaign that attracted support for Asbury Park from state and county officials. As a direct result of our actions, the State Department of Education sent in an expert team to help improve our school system and the Monmouth County Prosecutorâ€™s Office initiated a grand jury investigation that led to numerous indictments of school officials and contractors.
- Established a Historic Preservation Fund through our fund-raising efforts with the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra and the Vintage Home Tours. The Association contributed 4,000 dollars to help restore the Fountain in Library Park. Help contribute and raise money to restore the Veterans Park. Money in this growing account will help preserve Asbury Parkâ€™s past.
- Sponsored a Little League team in support of recreation in the city.
- Donated funds and energy to many city organizations, including the West Side Community Center, the Boys & Girls Club, the Paradise Street Festival for children, Project Open Arms for the purchase of childrenâ€™s bicycle helmets, the Asbury Park Police Department for bulletproof vests, and the Thurgood Marshall Elementary School.
- Organized an annual social, open to every member of the community.
- Organized a Fourth of July boardwalk celebration and two sandcastle-building contests for city children.
- Helped clean up city parks and the business district as part of the annual â€œMake a Difference Dayâ€ events.
- Held an annual food drive during Thanksgiving and donate turkey dinners to local charities.
- Served as the bookkeeping agency for an Asbury Park Consortium program that brought after-school art training to elementary school children.