What is Friends of Ortley Beach?

Established in 2017, Friends of Ortley Beach is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, volunteer organization whose mission is to enhance, protect, and sustain the natural beauty and resources of our barrier island community for future generations. We accomplish this by providing historical, artistic, educational, and social programs and events with an eye on environmental stewardship.

While Ortley Beach is within Toms River Township, it is a distinct community in its history (see FOB’s plaque on the Lord House lifeguard building), and in its location on a barrier island. Each year, we offer a variety of programs that bring residents, vacationers, and visitors together.

Friends of Ortley Beach offers many opportunities to connect with neighbors and encourages participation in community gatherings. FOB members receive early access to event notifications, invitations to membership meetings, and the chance to volunteer at our events. We are always looking for new members, and we welcome your participation.members receive early access to event notifications, invitations to membership meetings, and opportunities to volunteer at our events. We are always looking for new members, and we welcome your participation.

It’s easy! Just visit the Friends of Ortley Beach website and click on “ Membership” where you can join instantly, or alternatively, mail in your application. Annual dues are $10 per person. Your support – with annual dues of $10 per person – fuels our efforts to carry out our mission and organize events that unite and celebrate our community. You do NOT need to be an Ortley Beach resident to join. Membership meetings are for paid members only.

Donations to Friends of Ortley Beach are greatly appreciated and contribute to our ability to organize events, fund community projects, and support our mission. You can contribute through our website via the “Donate” button or contact our Board Treasurer. Donors will receive an acknowledgement letter for
their contributions. As a 501(c)(3) organization, donations may be tax-deductible while membership
dues are not.

Friends of Ortley Beach has offered a diverse array of events and activities over the years, including craft shows, doggie days, kite nights, family-oriented beach parties, lecture series, a townwide garage sale, and more. Additionally, the group has awarded student scholarships. Friends of Ortley Beach also participates in local events, such as the Clean Ocean Action annual Beach Sweep, and supports local charities through food, clothing, and toy drives.

Members stay informed about Friends of Ortley Beach through our newsletter, member emails, and are invited to attend membership meetings. You can also follow us on social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram or visit our website.

Yes, absolutely! We welcome your time and talents. Just click on our online Volunteer form. Most volunteer assignments are for special events. However, if you have other talents, such as presentation, technical, or social media skills, let us know.

We believe in fostering strong relationships for the good of our organization and the surrounding business community. Friends of Ortley Beach collaborates with businesses through sponsorship opportunities for events and partnerships to support community initiatives. Contact our Board President
for more details.

FOB does not handle local problems or property complaints which should be addressed by the Toms River police or other township officials..

We welcome and encourage members to share their ideas for events or projects that align with our mission and objectives. You can submit your suggestion by contacting our FOB secretary, attending a membership meeting, or reaching out to any Board member.