Agencies and Organizations We Support

Your contribution to the Maynard Community Chest goes to local organizations that provide important human services to Maynard residents in the following categories:

To find out about the organizations we support in each category of services, click on the links below.

» Youth Programs
(services include after-school care, child care, extracurricular activities, preschool programming, mentoring, summer and school vacation programs)

» Family Assistance
(services include legal assistance, support for persons with disabilities, crisis intervention, advocacy and mental health care)

» Food Assistance
(services include groceries and basic supplies on an as-needed basis and community suppers)

» Senior Citizen Programs
(services include social gatherings, help with independent living, adult day care services and counseling)

Youth Programs

The agencies below provide a host of services for children of all ages. Services include preschool, day care, half-day kindergarten, and before and after school programs.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest
Web site:
484 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608
Jeffrey Chin, CEO
(508) 752-7868

Big Brother/Big Sister matches at risk youth between the ages of 6 and 13 with an adult mentor to act as a positive adult role model. There is a waiting list for mentors for Maynard youth.

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts

420 Boylston Street
Suite 505
Boston, MA 02116
(844) 306-4736

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts provides a wide variety of leadership development programming for girls in grades K-12 of all interests, abilities, and circumstances. Our mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts currently serves 30,000 girls in grades K-5 with the help of 15,000 adult volunteers across 178 communities, including Maynard.

Girl Scouts in Maynard and across eastern Massachusetts explore the world around them, learn by doing to earn badges and other milestones, take action to improve their communities, participate in outdoor adventure programming, and much more. Visit to learn more, find a troop, or volunteer.

Boys and Girls Club
Web site:
212 Great Road, Maynard, MA 01754
Wendy Allegrone, Executive Director

The Boys and Girls Club is open to all kids ages 7-17 from all neighborhoods in Maynard, Stow, and surrounding communities. The club is a drop-in youth center with an “open door” policy, providing a wide variety of programs in five core areas: Fitness and Recreation, Education and Career Development, Character and Leadership Development, Health and Life Skills, and The Arts.

The Community School
Web Site:
PO Box 111, 80 Main St.
Maynard, MA 01754
(978) 897-9708
Director – Sara Stapel
Assistant Director – Peggy Ladd

The Community School is a unique non-profit preschool and day care center providing high quality early childhood education. We believe that every child deserves a safe and joyful childhood in a nurturing and age appropriate environment. The Community School is accredited by the NAEYC and has been providing services for a diverse group of children ages 3-5 from Maynard and the surrounding communities since 1968. We will subsidize tuition through the Community Partnership for Children, accept vouchers and reserve several spots from the Department of Children and Families.

Volunteer opportunities are available for those interested. A CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) background check and a DCF (Department of Children and Families) background record check are required of all volunteers. Please call Sara or Peggy for more information.

EXCEL: Maynard School Age Child Care
Web site:
5 Tiger Drive, Maynard, MA 01754
Lois Cohen, Executive Director

The Excel Program is a tuition-based before and after school program for children in kindergarten through grade eight, operated under the auspices of Maynard Public Schools.

Family Assistance

There are many situations that families find themselves in where they can benefit from outside help. Agencies in this category provide many services from heating and housing, various types of counseling, and legal services for low income families or individuals.

A Friend in Need
c/o South Acton Congregational Church
35 School Street
Acton, MA 01720
Tina Rzasa
Charlene Twente

A Friend in Need provides one-time financial help per year to families and individuals in the Acton/Boxborough/Maynard area whose circumstances have left them with an immediate need for assistance with necessities such as food, housing or heat. Clergy or social service professionals who know of someone in need should contact them and leave a brief message describing their request. 100 percent of the money received by A Friend in Need goes to help people in need.

MetroWest Legal Services
Web site:
63 Fountain Street, Suite 304
Framingham, MA 01702
Executive Director
Elizabeth “Betsy” Soule
(508) 620-1830 phone
(800) 696-1501 phone
(508) 620-2323 fax

MetroWest Legal Services provides free, civil legal representation to low-income people. Typical cases are: victims of domestic abuse with contested family law matters, tenants with eviction cases facing homelessness, children with unmet special education needs, individuals needing help obtaining medical and disability benefits, immigration issues for victims of domestic violence, representing homeless individuals and families to transition into permanent housing, and people transitioning from welfare to work.

Domestic Violence Services of Central Middlesex
Web site:
PO Box 1556
Concord, MA 01742
Executive Director
Jacquelin Apsler
(978) 318-3421
Help Line: (888) 399-6111

Domestic Violence Services Network, in partnership with the police departments in Maynard, Acton, Bedford, Boxborough, Carlisle, Concord, Lexington, Lincoln, Stow, and Wayland, Hanscom AFB, the Concord District Court, and volunteer advocates, provides outreach and direct support to victims of domestic violence. The organization also promotes education and programs that build awareness and help to prevent domestic violence.

Eliot Community Human Services
Web site:
Community Agencies Bldg., 111 Old Road to Nine Acre Corner
Concord, MA 01742
Director of Clinical Services
Deborah Garfield, LICSW

The Eliot Center in Concord offers outpatient mental health services to children, adolescents, adults and elders. Services include crisis intervention, diagnostic evaluation, individual, couple, family and group therapy, psychopharmacological services, psychological testing, and 24-hour emergency coverage. In addition, our services help Maynard residents obtain additional resources that impact their functioning, such as housing, entitlements, medical or educational services. A multi-disciplinary team of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, mental health counselors and other professionals provide a full range of clinical and support services resulting in a comprehensive and collaborative approach to mental health treatment. Most insurances are accepted and a sliding fee scale is available.

First Connections
Parenting resources for families with children through age 3 (A program of Concord Family and Youth Services) Web site:
Community Agencies Bldg., Suite 1009
111 Old Road to 9-Acre Corner
Concord, MA 01742-4141
Program Director
Sadie Simone

First Connections is part of the Massachusetts Family Network initiative offering our programs for free or at a low cost. First Connections provides parent education, support groups, playgroups, and a myriad of social activities to connect young families to each other and to their communities.

All Maynard families with children birth through age three are welcome to take part in the full range of First Connections activities. First Connections works collaboratively with the Maynard Family Association to strengthen the net of parenting support services available to Maynard families.

First Connections is program of Concord Area Special Education Collaborative and Concord Family and Youth Services, a division of Justice Resource Institute.

Minute Man Arc
Web site:
1269 Main Street, Concord, MA 01742
Director of Development, Stephanie Parish

The Minute Man Arc supports people with developmental disabilities throughout their lives.

The Arc strives to promote inclusion in the greater community, to maximize personal choice, and to help individuals reach their full potential in all areas of their lives. They serve more than 900 infants, toddlers, children and adults annually.

Food Assistance

Few needs are more basic than the need for food. Thanks to these agencies, families are able to get the help they need when they need it. Services range from assistance with groceries to a night’s meal.

Maynard Food Pantry
Web site:
P.O. Box 55, Maynard, MA 01754
c/o Mary Brannelly
Town Coordinator

The Maynard Food Pantry provides food assistance to any individual or family in need. Nonperishable items consisting of canned fruits and vegetables, pasta, baby food, cereals, rice, soups, canned meats, beverages, and health care items are available.

The Pantry is open for shopping on Mondays from 10am to noon. It is stocked through food donations from various Maynard locations, grocery store donations, and food drives throughout the year.

Stow Food Pantry
Web site:
PO Box 437
Stow, MA 01775
Amanda Bennett
(978) 897-4230

The Stow Food Pantry collects, packs, and distributes food with the help of numerous volunteers. Bags of groceries are distributed twice a month on Fridays. They serve approximately 70 families per month and provide nearly 3,500 bags of groceries per year.

The Pantry can be helped directly by donating food items in the Food Pantry containers at Star Market and the Stow Post Office. Volunteers are always needed in order to keep the Food Pantry running.

Open Table Maynard
Web site:
P.O. Box 404
Maynard, MA 01754
Jeanine Calabria, President
[email protected]

Open Table Maynard offers weekly nutritious community suppers and bags of groceries on Mondays from 5:00-6:30 pm at the Union Congregational Church, 80 Main Street, Maynard. The community supper and groceries are open to anyone and everyone – no questions asked.

Open Table’s purpose is to address the hunger that exists in our area and to do this in a manner that respects the privacy and dignity of our guests and provides them with a few moments of respite from their daily challenges. The Open Table is a way to open arms and hearts in the community, share success and gifts, practice values that enhance common humanity and to give and receive kindness.

Senior Citizens Programs

Elderly citizens and their families find themselves facing a host of challenges. The agencies below assist those individuals by providing services such as adult day care, meals on wheels, money management, legal services, and more.

Cooperative Elder Services, Inc.
9 Merriam Street,Suite 28, Lexington, MA 02421

Executive Director
Joanna Fuller
(781) 863-2261

Meg Johnson
Admissions Coordinator/Outreach (Concord)
(978) 318-0046


Provides Adult Day Care, Alzheimer’s Day Care and Social Day Care to frail elders and disabled adults. The Program is aimed at individuals who can benefit from a structured and supervised day time environment and who are at risk for nursing home entry.

The Concord Center provides Adult Day Health and Alzheimer Day Care Services to frail elders and disabled adults who reside in Acton, Concord, Maynard and other surrounding communities.

Any questions or if you would like a tour, please contact Patricia Alexander Oliphant at 978-318-0046.

Minuteman Senior Services
26 Crosby Drive, Bedford, MA 01730
Executive Director
Joan Butler
(888) 222-6171 or (781) 272-7177

Minuteman Senior Services diligently works towards a common goal of enabling people to remain as independent as possible given their unique limitations. Minuteman Senior Services has acquired a reputation for excellence in meeting the changing needs of families and individuals coping with the issues of long term care.

Their mission is to help elders and others remain in their own homes safe, comfortable, and independent for as long as they are able, and to support their caregivers as they face the challenges presented by the competing needs of family, work and self.

(888) 222-6171