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

Trick or Treat for Ashland Food Pantry

The 7th annual Children’s Halloween Food Campaign will be held Halloween weekend 2015. 

Ashland school children from Kindergarten through Grade 5 will be invited to participate in a Halloween fundraiser to benefit the Ashland Emergency Fund (AEF).  Each elementary school student will be given a collection can and during the Halloween season, participating students will collect monetary donations from those who choose to give.  All money raised will be used by the AEF to buy food for the Ashland Food Pantry to benefit Ashland families in need.

NEW THIS YEAR: Ashland High School's National Honor Society (AHS NHS) is running a similar fundraiser for members of the club on Halloween night.  AHS NHS members will be "trick or treating" for canned goods to donate to the Ashland Food Pantry and it would be greatly appreciated if adults giving out candy also had canned items handy to donate.

Please help all Ashland students and the AEF put food on the table by having your cash and canned good donation ready this Halloween for trick or treaters who visit you.  Thank you to those who can give. 

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

2013 Spending - $89,540.93

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