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

The Ashland Emergency Fund does not, by policy or practice, discriminate against a person or group on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, gender identity and expression, marital or military status, or based on any individual's status in any group or class protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

If you are interested in joining us, please reach out to us.

AEF Board Meeting

The Ashland Emergency Fund board meets on the second Thursday of the month via zoom from 7-8 pm.

Annual Meeting and Election of AEF Officers

The annual election of Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer was held on February 10th, 2022 as follows:

Chairperson: Roland Houle

Vice Chairperson: Nadine Nesbitt

Secretary: John Trefethen

Treasurer: Joyce Crocetti

Board of Directors (in addition to four officers): John Ellsworth, Bill Gath, Isabel Harrison, Sue Harvey, Vicki Johnson, Chad Parmet, Lonny Townley, Teri Wysor, Jim Zebrowski.

AEF Objectives

  • To provide emergency financial support for members of the Ashland Community, who find themselves in need, who are unable to resolve that need without assistance, and who are unable to get that assistance from State, Federal or other sources;

  • To create a permanent fund from which moneys may be drawn to meet the emergency requirements of individuals and/or families living in the Ashland community with preference given to those residing in Ashland for at least the two immediately previous years;

  • To establish an association of individuals which will be able to respond rapidly to emergency situations for which the emergency fund itself may not be adequate; and

  • To create a heightened sense of responsibility within the community to support community for the need to support our neighbors.

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 1,750 Ashland citizens. Many 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 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).


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.


Bill Gath - Realty Executives

Diversity Early Learning Center

Middlesex Mattress - Box Drop of Ashland

Purple Ink Insurance (An AXiA Group Company)

AEF Calendar