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October 4, 2011 

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Dear Neighbor,


Volunteers do make a difference. The ABUW Day of Caring strengthens the community through the efforts of the volunteers, creating new community connections and direct service to our neighbors in need. This newsletter touches on just a few examples of the  time, labor and expertise gifted within our towns by local businesses, citizens, and students.


Thank you for helping us build a strong and caring community.

Rachel Sagan, Executive Director 


 Celebrating 30 Years of Service to the Acton-Boxborough Community


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In This Issue


Financial Literacy  


 Upcoming Events 


Our Summer Interns 


Day of Caring


Quick Link


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 EventsUpcoming Events


Casino Royale 2011

Saturday, Nov. 5th


Our Fall Fundraiser will be held at The Powers Gallery on Saturday, November 5th from 7:30 - 11pm.  Join us for exceptional entertainment to benefit local service agencies.

Casino Royale Bond
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Community Forum

Coming Soon


The Forum provides an opportunity to highlight and discuss timely issues and trends of concern with regard to health and human services in the Acton and Boxborough communities.


summerschoolSummer School: Financial Literacy 

Investing In Our Community  

by: Beth Farley, ABUW Board of Directors 

 Financial Woe


Reading, Writing and Arithmetic; that's the usual fare of summer review classes, but not this summer. How to build credit, understand and access your Credit Report, and the effects these have on borrowing and future financial planning were key curriculum content in a program championed by ABUW's Outreach Committee. Financial Literacy Sessions (FLS) were launched this summer through a collaborative effort between the ABUW,  Acton Housing Authority (AHA), Acton's Community Services Coordinator, and the Worker's Credit Union (WCU). 

Many Acton and Boxborough residents are faced with increasing financial challenges - living paycheck to paycheck. Laura Ducharme, Acton's Community Services Director, and Fran Spayne, of the AHA, work daily with families faced with financial crises often brought on by a family illness, leaving an unsafe environment due to domestic violence, or simply struggling with the sluggish economy. A common denominator for many of these residents is the need for some basic financial skills. Worker's Credit Union agreed to offer free, one-on-one financial counseling to local famillies and individuals needing this financial education. Click to Read More.

InternsMeet Our Summer Interns

We Appreciate Their Work on Your Behalf


ABUW was fortunate to retain four wonderful students as summer interns. We wish to thank Adele Talanian, Ianka Bhatia, Josh Kelly, Priya Venkatesh, and Chirantan Neogy for their help on projects  in the ABUW office this summer.



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Day of Caring 2011 - Thank you! doc

DOC 2011 Group Photo


To the 50-plus volunteers who participated in the ABUW Day of Caring on September 22nd, we extend our thanks and appreciation for lending your time to help local agencies and the people they serve. Volunteers included employees from AAA, Acton Real Estate, Cambridge Savings Bank, Dolphin Insurance, Enterprise Bank, Holiday Inn, Northern Bank & Trust, Payright Payroll, Prudential Insurance, and Worker's Credit Union. Volunteers from the community and from ABRHS Youth in Philanthropy also participated.

Clients were helped at HGRM, client materials were organized for the Boxborough Council on Aging, grounds were cleaned up at Acton Housing's elderly housing properties and at the Boxborough COA, the playground at First Connections in Concord was spruced up, and meals were delivered to elders from Minuteman Senior Services. Our community is all the better for your efforts.

Thanks also to the following local organizations that lent support to the event: Bagels Plus, Donelan's, Idylwilde Farms, Roche Bros., Starbucks,
Impression Engineering, and the Congregation Beth Elohim.


Please FORWARD this email to your friends, family and business associates in Acton and Boxborough.

Cathy Utt, eNews Editor, Board of Directors