Community Volunteering Opportunities

Ayer-Shirley Education Foundation
Image of Ayer Shirley Education Foundation logoWebsite:  Ayer Shirely Education Foundation (ASEF)
Type:  OtherPhone:  
(978) 772-8600, ext. 1369

Email:  ASEF Information
Mission Statement:
The Ayer Shirley Education Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that is supported by donations from individuals, businesses and organizations committed to improving the quality of education in the Ayer Shirley Regional School District. Through a granting process, the Ayer Shirley Education Foundation disperses the tax-deductible donations to create specific new programs and professional training aimed at enriching the education of the students in the region.

Ayer Public Access Corporation
Image of Ayer Public Access Corporation video cameraWebsite:  Ayer Public Access Corporation (APAC)
Type:  Other
Dues:  $0
Contact:  Doug Becker
Phone:  (978) 407-9318
Mission Statement:
APAC provides access, training and assistance in the production and cable casting of television and bulletin board multimedia content. These Public Access capabilities and privileges are available to all residents and organizations of Ayer. The central focus and goal of APAC is simply to provide the most direct means for a user to place multimedia content on cable.

Friends of Nashoba Valley Medical Center
Image of Friends of Nashoba Valley Medical Center logoWebsite:  Nashoba Valley Medical Center
Type:  Other
Dues:  $10.00 per year
Contact:  Norma Garvin
Phone:  (978) 448-5424
Mission Statement:
“Friends” is an active and vital organization within the Nashoba Valley Medical Center. The “Friends” mission involves promoting Nashoba Valley Medical Center (NVMC) to the community at large and assisting the hospital in any way deemed advisable. Major functions of the “Friends includes managing and staffing the Gift Shop, overseeing the “Plants for Patients” program, participating in special events and in promoting goodwill between NVMC and the community.

The “Friends” also conduct fundraising activities for the purpose of awarding scholarships to high school students studying for a career in healthcare and to conduct Outreach Programs for citizens in the communities they serve.

Participation in the “Friends of NVMC” is open to all residents of the surrounding communities and no person shall be denied participation on the basis of sex, age, race, creed, color or national origin, or on the basis of any other criterion lacking rational justification.

Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, Inc.
Website:  Loaves & Fishes
Type:  Community Service
Dues:  $0
Contact:  Patricia Stern
Phone:  (978) 772-4627
Mission Statement:
Loaves & Fishes exists as a mission of love and faith to serve people of Ayer, Devens, Groton, Harvard, Littleton, and Shirley by providing food, emergency shelter, resource referral, and other temporary services, and by advocating for changes by its clients that will promote independence and self-reliance.

Page Hilltop PTO
Website:  Page Hilltop Parent Teacher Organization
Type:  School
Dues:  $5.00
Contact:  Sarach Gibbons
Phone:  (978) 772-1594
Mission Statement:
The Mission of the Parent Teacher Association
To support and speak on behalf of children and youth in the schools, in the community, and before governmental bodies and other organizations that make decisions affecting children;
To assist parents in developing the skills they need to raise and protect their children;
To encourage parent and public involvement in the public schools of this nation.

The Purposes of the Parent Teacher Association
To promote the welfare of the children and youth in home, school and community.
To raise the standards of home life.
To secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth.
To bring into closer relation the home and the school, that parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently in the education of children and youth.
To develop between educators and the general public such united efforts as will secure for all children and youth the highest advantages in physical, mental, social, and spiritual education.

People of Ayer Concerned About the Environment (PACE)
Website:  PACE Facebook
Type:  Community Service
Dues:  $
Contact:  Laurie Nehring 
Phone:  (978) 772-9749
Mission Statement:
To ensure that men, women and children who reside in Ayer and neighboring communities are not exposed to unnecessary environmental risk to their health and well-being, now and during future generations, and to communicate these issues and concerns to residents, government officials and regulators through education and community outreach.

Tyler Foundation
Image of Tyler Foundation logoWebsite:  The Tyler Foundation
Type:  Other
Dues:  $0
Contact:  Heather Plotkin
Mission Statement:
The Tyler Foundation’s mission is to financially support families of children with a brain malformation resulting in seizures that are being treated at Boston Children’s Hospital and UMASS Medical Center. We provide financial assistance with meals, parking, hotel costs, gas, and medical and therapy equipment that insurance doesn’t cover.

World Computer Exchange - Hull, MA
Website:  World Computer Exchange
Type:  Other
Email:  WCE Information
Mission Statement:
World Computer Exchange’s mission is to bridge the digital divide for the world’s poorest youth by collecting donated, working computers and building the capacity of schools and youth organizations in developing countries to connect and maintain them. By re utilizing computer equipment, we help the environment by keeping computers out of landfills.

WCE- Boston is a group of volunteers in the greater Boston area who help to raise funds as well as gather, test and pack donated computers that are sent overseas to schools and community organizations with approved plans to implement an ICT project.