Community Outreach Projects 2022-2023

During the years of COVID-Lockdown, the Acton Woman’s Club, like everyone else, had little to no income due due the inability to rent our house or to hold dance classes. However, we did hold our Famous Pie Sale both years in October, added a Bake Sale in May, and were able to continue funding the ABRHS Senior Scholarships each May, awarding four (two each year) deserving seniors a scholarship of $1500 each.

This year, we are able to add some additional outreach to our list.

  • Continue funding the Concord Museum Pass for the Acton Public Library
  • Donation to Ukranian Refugee Fund
  • Acton Cable Station

Our Pie Sale this year was on October 15th, 2022, to help provide 2 scholarships to Acton 2023 graduating seniors.

Cucurbit Farm Scarecrow Contest

The AWC entry in the annual Cucurbit Farm Scarecrow Contest. Pay to vote on your favorite! All proceeds go directly to the National Alliance on Mental Illness NAMI Central MIddlesex.


During Covid Days, we were still able to hold our Pie Sales and raise enough money to sponsor two ABRHS students with $1500 scholarships. The Book Club continued to collect books to donate to Toys for Tots. Our other philanthropies had to be put on hold


Pie Sale: Everyone loves a homemade pie.  Our Pie Sale this year was on Saturday, October 24th.  Members baked two (or more if they wish) pies for the Saturday morning pie sale, which was held outside in front of the clubhouse. We were well masked against the Covid Pandemic. Pies are $12 each and they sold out quickly.

Set up outside, just before the sale began.
Pie Sale, October 24, 2020

Pies For Sale!

Scarecrow at Cucurbit Farm

  ome visit the annual scarecrow contest at Cucurbit Farm and vote on your favorite! All proceeds go directly to the National Alliance on Mental Illness NAMI Central MIddlesex.

The AWC scarecrow honors medical first responders during this time of coronavirus.

 Children’s Book Collection

The Book Discussion Group collects new children’s books from members to give to the Toys for Tots gift-giving efforts.  In 2019 members  donated 48 new children’s books.

Community Supper

Women of the Club donate their time by serving dinners and help in food preparation during the year, as well as designating a special night when the Club also underwrites the cost of the dinner.

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AWC servers at an April 2019 Community Supper at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church.

Acton Woman’s Club Philanthropic Contributions

The goal of the Philanthropic/Outreach Committee of the Acton Woman’s Club is to review needs of local organizations and designate on behalf of the club, financial assistance to local charitable groups that support people in need, primarily those who do not benefit from large professional fundraising resources.  Donations are reviewed and may change yearly.

Presently the Club has revitalized its giving program and focused on charitable efforts that reach a variety of groups and the people they serve:

2019-2020 Donations

  •  Two scholarships awarded to Acton-Boxborough high school seniors.
  • Acton Memorial Library Pass to the Concord Museum
  • A Friend in Need (South Acton Congregational Church)
  • United Way Youth Services Program and Covid-19 Fund
  • Doli Atamian Campership
  • Household Goods
  • Danny’s Place
  • Acton Community Supper/Food Pantry
  • First Connections
  • Town of Acton Community Welfare Directors for food and other gift vouchers for needy clients.

2018-2019 Donations

  • Scholarships awarded to Acton-Boxborough high school seniors.  Below are our 2019 recipients with an Acton Woman’s Club Trustee and the President.
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  • Acton Memorial Library Pass to the Concord Museum
  • A Friend in Need (South Acton Congregational Church)
  • Household Goods
  • AB Cares (United Fund/Youth Services)
  • Danny’s Place
  • Doli Atamian Campership
  • Project Graduation
  • Acton Community Supper/Food Bank
  • Domestic Abuse (DVSN)
  • Monies to Town of Acton Social Director for food and other gift vouchers for needy clients.

2017-2018 Donations

  • Two scholarships awarded to Acton-Boxborough high school seniors
  • Acton Memorial Library Pass to the Concord Museum
  • A Friend in Need (South Acton Congregational Church)
  • Council on Aging (Plaque)
  • Doli Atamian Camperships
  • Mount Calvary Lutheran Church Community Supper
  • Acton Community Supper and Food Pantry
  • Household Goods
  • Hagar’s Sisters
  • Discovery Museum
  • Friends of the Acton Nursing Service
  • A-B Friends of Music
  • A special free-will collection (which came to $1000) for Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria
1-DSCF8090Presentation of donations to A Friend in Need and Hagar’s Sisters  representatives.

2016-2017 Donations

  • Two scholarships awarded to Acton-Boxborough high school seniors.
  • The Acton Council on Aging and its Emergency Assistance Fuel Fund
  • Senior and Disabled Tax Relief Fund for the Town of Acton
  • Acton Discovery Museum Building Fund
  • Acton Public Library Pass to the Concord Museum
  • Friends of the Acton Council on Aging
  • Mt. Calvary Community Supper through funds and service
  • The Acton Food Pantry
  • A Friend in Need
  • Household Goods
  • Hagar’s Sisters
  • Domestic Violence Service Network
  • The Acton-Boxborough Student Activities Fund (ABSAF)
  • ABRHS Project Graduation
  • Doli Atamian Camperships
  • Miracle Field handicapped accessible playground

When The Acton Woman’s Club incorporated in 1915, the original goals and objectives were to preserve its Federal period house and to promote benevolent and civic activities. Over one-hundred years later our club continues a long tradition of support to the community.

In the early years, the club built new seats on the school house grounds for children who did not go home for dinner. In 1937, the club shared expenses with the firemen to light the Community Christmas tree and provide cocoa to the Acton Center School children during winter months.

In 1935 when the town celebrated its 20th anniversary, the Acton Woman’s Club entered a float in the town parade.

During WW I, the AWC adopted 27 soldiers at Camp Devens and attempted to alleviate their home sickness with homemade jams, jellies and even gifts of money. Members mailed boxes of clothing to Acton, England, during the war effort

The Acton Woman’s Club worked alongside the American Red Cross during World Wars I and II.   Toiletries were sent to the soldiers, afghans were made and donations given toward a sun room at Fort Devens. The schools were given donations for a milk fund as well as a dental clinic.  A food sale raised funds for playground equipment and an organ for the Center School.  The Club sponsored a Victory Garden Information Center.

During the Vietnam War boxed treats were mailed to our GI’s and by 1967 over 100 boxes had been mailed. Members have also sent boxes with supplies and goodies and handwritten letters of appreciation and encouragement to the Acton soldiers during the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.

Other philanthropic activities include being involved with: Emerson Hospital, The Red Cross (including making surgical dressings for the Red Cross during WWII), Children’s Hospital, National Braille Press, books for the library, quilts for children for the police to use and for premature infants at Emerson Hospital, sanitary supplies for women in women’s correctional facilities, and weekly teas to lift the spirits of elderly residents of Suburban Manor Nursing Home.  Club members have knit caps and scarves for donation to the Acton Community Supper and sewed “Comfort Quilts” to give to battered women and children.

Any member may initiate a service project for someone in the community and beyond.  The AWC is always grateful for the generous and enthusiastic support of its members.