The mission of the Ashland Emergency Fund is to provide temporary financial support to Ashland Massachusetts families and citizens in need.

6th Annual Ashland Half Marathon 

The half marathon and a new 5 mile race is scheduled for Saturday, October 28, 2017 beginning at 10 a.m. Races will start and finish at Marathon Park, the original start line location of the Boston Marathon from 1897 through 1923.  For more details, visit the Ashland Half Marathon website

9th Annual Children’s Halloween Campaign

For the 9th consecutive year, Ashland school children from Kindergarten through Grade 5 are invited to participate in a Halloween fundraiser to benefit the Ashland Emergency Fund.  

The program is simple: collect donations in this Ziploc bag from family and friends.  Return the bag to school on Halloween. Last year, students in grades K-5 raised $3010!!!  Thank you, Ashland K-5 students!!  Small change makes a big difference for a neighbor in need.

Parents: Please help your Ashland school children and the AEF put food on the table of our Ashland neighbors in need by making a donation to the Ashland Emergency Fund.  Thank you to those who can give.  

The AEF uses donations to...
  • Put food on the table
  • Put heating oil in the tank
  • Pay electric and gas bills
  • Buy medicine
  • Pay short-term housing costs
  • Cover burial expenses
  • Assist in major medical events
  • Assist in disasters, accidents, and other personal traumatic events.
100% of donations are distributed to those in need. The AEF is a genuine charity, all staff members are volunteers and there is no overhead or operating expenses. For more information about how we operate and how donations are used, please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

AEF Objectives
  • To provide emergency financial support for citizens of the Town of Ashland, who find themselves in need, who are unable to resolve that need without assistance, and who are unable to quickly get that emergency assistance from State, Federal, or other sources;
  • To create a permanent fund from which monies may be drawn to meet the emergency requirements of individuals and/or families living in Ashland;
  • To establish an association of individuals able to respond rapidly to emergency situations for which the Emergency Fund itself may not have adequate resources; and
  • To create a heightened sense of responsibility within the community of our duty to support our neighbors in need.

The Ashland Emergency Fund (AEF) is a charity providing financial assistance to recipients according to need, typically on a one-time basis. AEF support may continue until relevant assistance from state agencies is in place or until the crisis passes. Medical, heating, electric, rent, and food are among the expenses for which the AEF offers support. And, any Ashland resident can qualify: those receiving assistance are our neighbors and friends.

The Ashland Emergency Fund was incorporated in 1987 to assist townspeople who unexpectedly face financial challenges for which they have no realistic solution. Since its founding, the charity has given approximately $1,000,000 to over 1750 Ashland citizens. May of our friends and neighbors have benefited directly from the existence of the AEF. Expenses are covered and gifts are made with no strings attached and with no public knowledge of who the recipients are. The AEF is Ashland's behind-the-scenes, private place to which those in need have been able to turn to for help.

In our giving, it is all of us who receive.

The AEF is a 501(c)(3) IRS-recognized charitable organization. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. - #22-2959481

Typical Annual Breakdown Of Aid - $92,174.19 (based on 2014 data)

Contributions through WAITT

The AEF board is grateful to the following businesses that have contributed to the AEF during the most recent month through the WAITT collaborative.

Purple Ink Marketing
Purple Ink Insurance
Ashland Pet Hospital

AEF Calendar