For over fifty years, this volunteer, non-profit organization has raised thousands of dollars from the generous local businesses and residents of the Andover community. These funds have been distributed to enhance educational, athletic and cultural enrichment programs offered to young people in Andover. During our prior fiscal year, Andona donated over $50,000 to a variety of causes (see Mission statement below for more details).
Each year, Andona receives requests from schools and other organizations which are then reviewed by the membership according to need and availability of funds. We grant fund requests, summer camp opportunities and scholarships. No request is too small.
In addition to sponsoring youth programs and hosting community events like the babysitting course, Andona conducts two major fundraisers each year – one in November and Clown Town in May. The entire Andover community and friends are invited to join us at any or all of these events!
Andona wants to make an impact by supporting the cultural, educational and sports programs geared towards the youth of Andover. We hope to continue our tradition of supporting youth programs to help our young people learn, grow and achieve.
Please wander through our website to learn more. We can’t give money away unless we raise money. To help keep this mission going strong, please consider becoming part of our organization or donating to our cause.
There is no long-term commitment required when joining Andona, but after 5 years of membership, women do have the option of maintaining their membership in Andona on a reduced level of activity. Some members decide to get involved by joining one committee, some members decide to jump in and join several committees. Many community members volunteer their time in other organizations or schools, so Andona appreciates whatever time a member can give. Our membership includes women that work full time, part time and women that are working to raise their children at home.
There are 6 meetings of the Andona membership each year. Andona general meetings are usually held on Monday or Wednesday nights, and the location varies between a few places in central Andover. Our organization is not active over the holidays or from the end of June to September. The meetings are very casual, beginning with a half of an hour of social time.
Members generally spend two to three months working on an upcoming event with other committee members.
Over $50,000 per year is donated to children’s groups or individuals in the community. That amount includes $10,000 in scholarships and $15,000 in camperships.
Andona divides its charity work into two categories: fundraising and civic events. Our fundraising events include Clown Town, Shine the Light on Andover, and possibly a spring event. Clown Town is the town’s spring carnival. Past examples of other fundraising events include a wine tasting, a casino night, a formal ball, and a fashion show. Our civic events focus on giving back to the community.
The dues are $35 per year for active members, less for members who have participated for 5 years or more. Dues money goes to administrative costs.
“An” stands for our town of Andover, and “dona” comes from a Latin word meaning “gift”.