Acton-Boxborough Family Network (ABFN)
Other Ideas: Arlington Family Connection; Charlestown Mothers Association; First Connections; Family Partnership Center; Somerville Family Learning Collaborative (SFLC)
Strengthening the surrounding community is central to Acton-Boxborough Family Network's mission. ABFN aims to connect families with each other and with the numerous local resources.
To this end, the organization fosters communication and interaction amongst its members and many social and wellness groups, including the towns’ Health Departments, Acton Community Supper and Food Pantry, Household Goods, Acton-Boxborough United Way, Danny’s Place, parent-teacher organizations, early childhood education professionals, and more. ABFN’s members support and benefit from these close community connections.
Acton-Boxborough Family Network has worked to increase its presence in the community by participating in events such as the Boxborough Minutemen Company’s Fifer's Day, Boxborough's Winterfest, the West Acton Wellness Fair, and local preschool fairs. In addition to these community activities, ABFN hosts a variety of family-friendly public events throughout the year at little or no cost, including a Valentine’s Day Party/Spring Fling, Kindergarten Social, Kids’ Stuff Tag Sale, and Halloween Party.
More than 75 local businesses and organizations support Acton-Boxborough Family Network as Sponsors and Community Partners, offering discounts to ABFN Members and hosting groups for ABFN outings. The relationships formed are mutually beneficial — helping to advance ABFN's mission, while raising awareness about what the community has to offer.
In the past year, Acton-Boxborough Family Network has served over 200 member families and an additional 250 non-member families through more than 100 events. ABFN membership enables the entire family to participate in the many ABFN-sponsored events throughout the year: seasonal parties, monthly story hours and craft hours, community service activities, babysitting co-ops, family outings, book group, playgroups, educational seminars, moms' and dads' nights out, and more. Members also receive a bimonthly newsletter, discounts at local businesses, and access to ABFN’s online forums and classifieds. Annual membership is $45 and ABFN offers reduced or waived membership fees for financial hardship.
ABFN is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. For more information about the Acton Family Network, visit their website
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