Ashby Elementary School

Helpful Resources for Parents & Families

Free Fun Fridays

  • Free Fun Fridays
    • This program offer visitors no-cost admission to many of the most treasured ultural venues in Massachusetts.


ADHD Information and Support

    • “Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), is a national non-profit, tax-exempt [Section 501(c)(3)] organization providing education, advocacy and support for individuals with ADHD.” Their website provides ample information on symptoms and treatments, coexisting conditions, support tips and a resource directory and links to news articles on the most recent research and conversation pieces.

Bereavement Camp Info

  • Comfort Zone Camp – Grieve. Heal. Grow.
    • “Comfort Zone Camp is a nonprofit 501©3 bereavement camp that transforms the lives of children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or primary caregiver. The free camps include confidence building programs and age-based support groups that break the emotional isolation grief often brings.” Camps are available to children ages 7 – 17.
  • Camp Erin – Boston
    • “Camp Erin Boston is a FREE weekend overnight camp for children and teens ages 6 through 17 who have experienced the death of someone close to them. This three day, two night experience will be filled with traditional and fun camp activities combined with grief education and emotional support and will be facilitated by bereavement professionals and trained volunteers.”


Diabetes Camp

Domestic/Sexual Abuse

  • YWCA of Central Massachusetts
    • The Central Massachusetts YWCA provides victim services including a 24-hour hotline, chatline, classes, shelter, advocacy, support groups and consultations.
  • Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence 
    • The Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence provides a 24-hour hotline to assist with the delicate issues of partner violence.  Specific information is provided for various groups, including:  LGBQ/T, immigrants, teens, students, elders, people with disabilities, batterers and offenders and children exposed to battering.

Giving Back

  • Brides Across America
    • While serving your country can be an extreme honor, it can also make wedding planning a little difficult.  Enter Brides Across America, which has been working with the military and first responders since 2008 to help make planning the special day a little easier.  Recognized by Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, the program has donated over 15,000 wedding dresses to military brides. They try to accept only gowns less than 5 years old to keep things fresh and trendy for their brides.  The next give-away event for service members and first responders will be in July.
  • Angel Gown Program
    • Looking for something to do with an old wedding dress?   The Angel Gown program turns donated wedding dresses into free, beautiful burial gowns for infants who pass away during their hospital stay. All of the burial gowns are handmade by volunteer seamstresses and the program accepts gowns from across the nation.  (All wedding dresses must be cleaned before being donated.)  Information is available for bereaved parents and they also accept applications for volunteer seamstresses.  


  • Brain Breaks
    • Brain breaks can provide a much needed relief from taxing work and reenergize us to keep performing at our optimum capacity, throughout the day.  This is true for students and adults, alike.  

Therapy and Counseling Support

  • William James College - INTERFACE Referral Service
    • INTERFACE referral line will work with you, (through your insurance), to help you find the appropriate local service provider for your current mental health needs. Call during business hours at 1-800-244-6843 x411
    • Visit the INTERFACE website for additional resources to cope with issues ranging from abuse, anger management, anxiety, depression, divorce, homelessness, parent support, stress and trauma, (among others). A special TEEN link caters to the special needs and concerns of children aged 12 – 18+. 
  • Y.O.U., Inc.
    • “Y.O.U., Inc. believes that given the opportunity, every child and family has the potential to flourish. They are dedicated to providing exceptional services that put a bright and productive future within every family’s reach.”   YOU Inc. offers parent-directed support groups for parents/grandparents/caregivers of children with mental, behavioral, or emotional health care needs.
    • Local branch contact information:  
      • Fitchburg - 76 Summer Street
        (978) 345-6381
        Services include: DYS Community Support Systems
      • Gardner - 205 School Street
        (978) 632-2321
        Services include: Counseling Services, In-Home Therapy, Prevention/Resource Center, School Based Services, Therapeutic Mentoring
  • The Well Spouse Association
    • The Well Spouse Association offers a peer-to-peer support group, support and education for the spouses and partners of the chronically ill and/or disabled. (Click on the “Disease-Illness” link for helpful information on specific illnesses.)
  • The Massachusetts Sibling Support Network
    • The MSSN is here to help. We are the only organization in Massachusetts focused on supporting the siblings of people with disabilities. Our network is made up of adult siblings, parents of young siblings, service providers, educators, mental health and medical professionals. We provide information on sibling issues, referrals to sibling services, and social connections for siblings of all ages.
    • Visit their website for information on social groups, strategies to support younger siblings and helpful books for siblings.

 Giving Back

  • American Red Cross
    • Visit the American Red Cross blood donation page to learn about the process of giving to save others.  Find local blood drive locations and dates and schedule a donation!
  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
    • St. Jude Children's Research Hospical treats children from all over the world that are suffeing from various forms of cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.  Visit the hospital's website to make a donation or purchase a patient-inspired gift for someone special! (All proceeds ensure that no patient's family will have to pay for any part of their treatment, ever!)

Grandparents Responsible for Their Grandchildren Living with Them

Alcoholics Anonymous


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