The mission of the Ashland Emergency Fund is to provide temporary financial support to members of the Ashland Massachusetts community who are in need.

AEF Board Meeting June 14, 2018
The Ashland Emergency Fund board meets the 2nd Thursday of every month during the school year and tentatively in June, July and August. We are meeting in June at the new Cirrus Apartment clubhouse from 7-8pm. Join us.

Three Fires in Ashland since March 5th

Ashland has had a string of three fires since March 5th, 2018: Joanne Drive apartments displacing over 50 people, a private home at the corner of Maine Street and Warren Road displacing a family and Ashland Lumber apartments on Front Street displacing two others. 

These fire victims lost all their food, clothing and shelter in an instant.  AEF immediately stepped in and provided financial aid to fire victims by paying for temporary housing, providing gift cards to buy food and clothing and financial aid to secure permanent housing.

The outpouring of financial support from AEF donors has been considerable and the AEF Board sincerely thanks everyone who has donated, and continues to donate.  

Our tradition of hand writing and mailing thank you notes has fallen behind.  Please be patient - you will be properly thanked for your donation!  

Volunteers wishing to write thank you notes are most welcome!  Email to volunteer.

AEF is an IRS recognized 501(c)3 charity and your donation to our fund is tax deductible. Our tax id number is 22-2959481. 

Please consider making a donation to continue replenishing our fund to prepare for future emergencies.  Checks can be mailed to AEF, PO Box 112, Ashland, MA, 01721 or made online at

Consider making a recurring donation of $10/month to help Ashland neighbors and community members in need year round.

Annual Meeting and Election of AEF Officers

The annual election of Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer was held on February 8th, 2018 as follows:

Chairman: Rosemary Fedorchak
Vice Chairman: Roland Houle
Secretary: Wendy Fetherston
Treasurer: Rob Wise
Board of Directors (in addition to four officers): John Ellsworth, Isabel Harrison, Teri Wysor, John Trefethen, Bill Gath, Jim Zebrowski, Wendy Pyne, Joyce Crocetti, Nadine Nesbitt

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.

Consider shopping at these businesses as a thank you for their ongoing support of AEF.

AnyFence LLC
Ashland Auto Sales and Detailing
Ashland Pet Concierge
Ashland Reiki & Wellness Center
Back Stage Dance Center
JFT Photography 
Julie's Z Breads
Main St. Wine and Spirits
Main Street Wine and Spirits
Premier Image
Purple Ink Insurance
Purple Ink Marketing, Inc.
Richard Francis Salon
The Family Pet Hospital 
Zarella Dentistry

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