The ABFM is all about food. But it’s also about the life of our communities, and what makes them vibrant and stimulating. We provide space each week for local community organizations to share their good work with our shoppers.
A Friend in Need
Helping people through their rainy days
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. A Friend in Need can step in quickly and provide help until the family can receive more substantial aid from other resources.
Acton Conservation Trust
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.
Acton Dog Park Committee / Friends of Acton Community Dog Park
The Acton Dog Park Committee is leading the effort to build an enclosed, accessible dog park at 348 Main Street, Acton. We envision positioning two enclosed dog parks -- one for small dogs and one for all dogs. The remaining land will utilized for a small parking area and otherwise remain as open space, with potential for walking trails, pollinator gardens and picnic tables. The Friends of Acton Community Dog park is raising funds to help cover the design costs and to provide additional amenities not covered by the construction grant.
Acton Memorial Library
Stories Connect Us
We serve the informational, educational, and recreational needs of Acton residents of all ages and backgrounds. Recognizing the diversity of the community and the high level of demand, the Library develops collections in a variety of formats to meet known and anticipated community needs; we strive to make residents aware of our services and collections, and to make those resources as accessible as possible.
August 6, September 17, October 1
Acton Water District
The Acton Water District is a community public water system that delivers high quality drinking water to the majority (about 95%) of the residents of the town of Acton, Massachusetts. All the water provided by the District comes from 24 wells located within town. The District’s system consists of approximately 135 miles of water main, four storage tanks, and four 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.
Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council
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
Boston Area Gleaners
Boston Area Gleaners is a regional food systems organization working at the intersection of farming, food waste, and hunger relief. We organize volunteer projects to harvest, sort, and pack surplus food from farms across Eastern Massachusetts for distribution to local food banks, pantries, and meal services. Our goal is to bridge food distribution gaps, improve healthy food access, prevent on-farm food waste, and create new markets for locally grown produce. Volunteer with us and help get healthy produce from farms to families!
Elders Climate Action
Elders Climate Action Massachusetts is a Chapter of the national ECA organization. We are a group of committed activists determined to do everything we can to combat climate change. We reach out, teach and organize in our communities, advocate for key climate legislation, and build networks with other individuals and organizations that share our commitment.
ECA Mass helps concerned citizens to be effective climate change activists. We share skills, and expertise in ways that are open, collaborative and fact-based. We use our policy and advocacy skills to foment real change.
for a better future starting now!
EnergizeActon.org is dedicated to helping the community implement a clean energy future and ensure a healthy, resilient environment through education, support, and website resources that offer Acton residents concrete ideas to reduce carbon emissions. Co-sponsored by the Town of Acton Sustainability Office and the Acton Climate Coalition, the interactive website allows you to mark climate efforts already taken, learn about other actions, and connect with support people such as Acton’s free Clean Energy Coaches.
July 23, September 17
Friends of the Acton Libraries
The Friends of the Acton Libraries is a volunteer organization dedicated to raising funds for the town's elementary, middle, and high school library budgets. We also provide support 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.
Green Acton works to protect Acton’s natural resources and environment, and to help resolve the broad environmental crises we all face. Visit the Community Table to learn more about our work on energy/climate, water, land use, and materials (including toxics and plastics). Also, get great information on organic, sustainable lawn and garden care, and the risks of synthetic, phosphorous fertilizers (which are now legally regulated by MA). Bring your questions and ideas!
July 16, September 10, October 1
League of Women Voters
Democracy is NOT a spectator sport
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.
June 25, Sept 24
Live For Liv Foundation
The LIVE FOR LIV FOUNDATION honors the memory of Olivia Marchand by raising awareness and providing support for those affected by domestic violence. Please join us for our Live Free Ride & Run on Sunday September 17th at the 4H Fairgrounds, 55 South Chelmsford Road, Westford, MA.
Mothers Out Front Acton
We lift voices of those who care for and nurture children so that we are heeded by those in power. We focus resources on communities suffering injustice from racism, fossil fuels and climate change.
The Nature Connection
Improving the wellbeing of individuals and communities through the therapeutic use of nature
We bring the healing power of nature to those most vulnerable ~ those who cannot get out to experience it on their own. We bring our programming to adults in memory care, people with disabilities, seniors, and at risk youth, servicing an area within a 40 mile radius of Acton/Concord. In addition to bringing seasonal nature from the outdoors, we also bring small therapy animals. (rabbits, pygmy hedgehogs, guinea pigs, chickens, to name a few ~ even live snails and hermit crabs!)