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

3rd Annual AEF Auction - April 29th, 2017 at 5pm at American Legion in Ashland.  Thanks to the many people who turned out for the 3rd annual AEF auction.  It was a fun night of dinner and shopping.  100% of funds raised will be spent on our Ashland neighbors 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. 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.

Past Events:

Marathon Park Prep Race - both Half Marathon and 5 Mile Races - March 18th, 2017 canceled due to hazardous road conditions.  

All registered runners are invited to participate in the Ashland Half Marathon scheduled for October 28th, 2017.  Visit the Marathon Park Prep Race page on facebook here:

AEF Halloween Campaign - students in grades K-5 were invited to participate in this annual fundraiser over Halloween weekend 2016.  $3000 were raised and 100% will be spent on neighbors in need.  Thanks to all the students who participated in this 8th annual fundraiser.

Miles Dassoni Pitched For AEF!

Miles Dassoni, a senior at Ashland High School and a pitcher on the Ashland Clocker Varsity Baseball team who ranked 3rd in the Tri-Valley league in strikeouts in 2015, pledged to donate $1.00 per strikeout to AEF throughout the 2016 baseball season. 

Miles went undefeated in the regular 2016 season including a no-hitter against Westwood.  By the end of the 2016 season, Miles had struck out 51 batters!

These six sponsors plus Miles will be making a donation to the Ashland Emergency Fund in support of Miles' fundraising and community service efforts:

Downtown Boston Realty
Hudson Realty Development Group
Rosemary Fedorchak
Bill Gath, Realty Executives Boston West
Amy Shea, RE/MAX Best Choice
John Trefethen

Details of Miles' initiative can be read here.  Congratulations to Miles on a great 2016 season and sincere thanks for your fundraising efforts!  Best wishes to you as you begin college in September 2016.

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

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