AB PIP STEM is a parent-led volunteer group that hosts and sponsors free K-12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) educational events in Acton and Boxborough, MA. Recent events include Night of Code, nature walks, and an after-school makerspace for children in the community. We are purely a volunteer run group and depend on fundraising, including the sale of Acton Nature Guides, to host our events.
Proscenium Circus is the student-based theater at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School. Promoting student expression of creativity, PC opens up leadership positions to the students for anything from designing lighting schemes to assisting in directing productions, under the guidance of the theater program’s director, Maggie Maguire, and the creative team. Enjoyed by the community for over fifty seasons, Proscenium Circus is pleased to present its 2022-2023 theatre season, set in motion by its production of Urinetown the Musical (showing Dec 9-17), a musical that explores a Brechtian take on what it means for society when large corporations manage the people’s access to and expression of basic human rights in the midst of a public health and environmental crisis.
We are Resource Force: a student-led organization dedicated to fighting climate change with equitable local and state-level policies. In the fall of 2021, our group partnered with Acton’s sustainability director to offer student input on the Acton Climate Action plan. And recently created and advocated for our plan to reduce Acton’s electrical reliance on fossil fuels through changes to the Acton Power Choice Program, which will go into effect in September.
Acton-Boxborough United Way mobilizes the caring power of community to drive positive, lasting change. By pooling your donations, ABUW makes significant grants to 21 incredible organizations, attracting the quality services necessary for all residents to belong and thrive. Stop by our tent at ABFM to learn about our new site, A-B Volunteer Central (www.myABUW.org) — a hub for volunteer opportunities with dozens of local organizations here in Acton and Boxborough.
Stop by to find out all about the programs and services we offer. Don’t have a card? No problem, we can sign you up for one on the spot. We’ll also have a storytime and games for kids so make sure to visit our table.
The Friends of the Acton Libraries is a 501c3 volunteer organization dedicated to raising funds for the town’s elementary, middle, and high school library budgets. We also provide grants to the Acton Memorial Library and West Acton Citizens’ Library for programming, museum passes and more. The Friends additionally present scholarships each year to deserving high school seniors. You may follow us everywhere @friendsactonlib
The Acton Water District is a community public water system that delivers high quality drinking water to the majority (about 95 percent) of the residents of the town of Acton, Massachusetts. All the water provided by the District comes from 23 wells located within the town of Acton. The District’s system consists of approximately 135 miles of water main, four storage tanks, and a variety of treatment facilities that assist in the production of high quality finished water. The Acton Water District is a municipal entity separate from the Town of Acton chartered by the Massachusetts Legislature’s Acts of 1912.
Elders Climate Action Massachusetts mobilizes elders and society to address the climate crisis while there is still time to protect the well-being of our grandchildren and future generations. We interact with an expanding network of groups and legislators, providing crucial information on climate change and exerting pressure to change policy. We do this in part by mobilizing elders to influence policy makers, telling powerful personal stories from our life experience.We serve as a resource on the reality of climate change and urgency of combating it to spur people to take effective action.
Please join us for a family story time hosted by the Acton Memorial Library on select Sundays. We’ll sing and dance, go on bear hunts, dive down to the bottom of the ocean, fly to the moon, and read the best books ever! All ages welcome. Please bring a picnic blanket. Children must be accompanied by an adult guardian. Event may be cancelled in cases of inclement weather. For other events at the library, please see our online calendar at ActonMemorialLibrary.org/calendar.
The Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council (ABCC) is one of 329 all-volunteer local cultural councils serving every municipality in Massachusetts. The legislature appropriates funds annually to the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), which then allocates funds to local councils. Local councils use funding guidelines and priorities established by the MCC and may add local guidelines and priorities as well. ABCC then distributes these funds to support performances and cultural activities in and around our towns.
The Acton Conservation Trust is a non-profit, non-governmental organization devoted to the preservation of open space in Acton. As a land trust, we can hold permanent conservation easements, accept gifts of land, accept tax-deductible gifts to be used for open space preservation, and purchase land for conservation purposes. We also provide education to landowners about various options for preservation. Founded in 1962, ACT has 8 trustees and over 300 member families.
The Massachusetts Healthy School Lunch Coalition (MHSLC) is a non-profit and evidence-based advocacy group working directly with policymakers in Massachusetts to improve the healthfulness of public-school lunches. Our coalition is bringing together students, parents, teachers, school leaders, nutrition and sustainability experts, and community members to make sure every child is nourished now and set up for the healthy future they deserve.
Please join us on July 29th for a Barbecue/Music Fundraiser in Acton. Funds will be used to support Afghan Refugees in the Acton & Stow area.
The LWV-Acton Area is a non-partisan, grassroots organization in Massachusetts that supports and opposes issues, but not candidates or political parties. Our charter is to protect voters, educate and engage voters, reform money in politics and defend the environment. The League is open to women and men over the age of 16 who want to make democracy work. The League works at national, state and local levels to influence policy through civic education and advocacy.
The Town of Acton and the Acton Climate Coalition have created an interactive website—EnergizeActon.org—to help Acton residents reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Create a profile on the website and become part of a community effort to address climate change! Mark climate and sustainability actions you have already taken, learn about other actions, and create or join teams for mutual support. Watch your actions, together with your neighbors’ efforts, add up.
In 2021, Acton’s Select Board, several Town committees, and Annual Town Meeting attendees affirmed and endorsed the establishment of a dog park in Acton, designating land at 348 Main Street for the park and allocating community funds to qualify us for grants that will cover the bulk of the costs. The Friends of Acton Community Dog park is raising funds to help cover design costs and amenities not covered by the grants.
Eighty-Eight years after its inception, the Acton Garden Club continues to follow the traditions and goals of its founding members. The Acton Garden Club shares its love of gardening and civic pride by maintaining three historic gardens in the Town. There are also seasonal plantings done each year that are provided and maintained throughout Acton by the Club.
Volunteers, under the auspices of the South Acton Congregational Church, work with local Social Services Agencies, Clergy and School Counselors in Acton, Boxborough and Maynard to help individuals and families who are experiencing critical financial needs. Illnesses, accidents, loss of job can create situations in which people are unable to pay rent, utilities, car repairs, etc. AFIN can step in quickly and provide help until the family can receive more substantial aid from other resources.
Construction is underway on the Assabet Co-op Market, a full-service, community-owned grocery store in Maynard that prioritizes local farms and food producers. Everyone is welcome to shop, and anyone can become an owner and get great owner benefits. Stop by the Co-op’s table to ask questions and join more than 2,000 proud Co-op owners!
Boston Area Gleaners works with partner farms, community agencies, and food businesses across Massachusetts to grow healthy food access, prevent food waste, and support local farmers. Staff and volunteers pick and pack farm crops for distribution to pantries, meal programs, and food banks in the region. The Gleaners’ Food Hub also helps local farmers sell to organizations and businesses that value local food and nutrition.