Council on Aging

Volunteer Opportunities with the Ashby C.O.A.:

Sand Delivery Volunteer

The Ashby Council on Aging is looking for a volunteer to deliver sand to Ashby’s older residents. The sand delivery volunteer is responsible for obtaining sand from the Ashby town shed and transporting it to their assigned residents throughout the course of the upcoming winter. Sand delivery volunteers must be able to fill and lift a 5-gallon bucket of sand and they must have their own transportation. The ideal candidate is sensitive the needs of the elderly and is able to work independently.

Meals on Wheels Delivery Drivers Needed!

The Ashby Council on Aging is in need of volunteer Meals on Wheels delivery drivers. Meal delivery drivers are responsible for picking up meals at a central location and delivering them to homebound elders in Ashby. Due to the pandemic, delivery days are currently limited to Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There is the potential for additional hours in the future.

Requirements: Volunteers must hold a valid driver’s license, have reliable transportation, and pass a CORI check. Drivers must be comfortable with the Ashby area. The ideal candidate is sensitive the needs of the elderly. Also, they are confident in working independently while following procedures in order to ensure the safety of our elders and volunteers. Due to the current pandemic, drivers are restricted to those under the age of 60, as per CDC guidelines.

C.O.A. Coordinator

The Ashby Council on Aging is looking for a volunteer C.O.A. Coordinator. The person in this role will be responsible for assisting the C.O.A. Director in all functions of the department. Specific functions will include assisting with preparation of the monthly newsletter, responding to emails and phone calls as needed, coordinating C.O.A. events, and maintaining the C.O.A. office space. Days and hours are flexible. Minimum of 8 hours per week.

Requirements: Volunteers must hold a valid driver’s license, have reliable transportation, and pass a CORI check. Must have an understanding of the needs of older adults in rural areas, must enjoy working with the elderly, and be sensitive to confidentiality. Must be proficient in Microsoft office suite, including Publisher.

Essential skills: The ideal candidate will work well independently and as part of a team. Problem solving skills are key. Candidates should be comfortable when talking on the phone and interacting with the public.

If you are interested in volunteering with the Ashby C.O.A., please reach out to us at: coa@ashbyma.gov


ASHBY COUNCIL ON AGING MISSION STATEMENT: The Ashby Council on Aging (C.O.A.) is Dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of Ashby senior residents, by offering services that strive to promote each person’s independence and healthy, successful aging.

FUNCTION: The Ashby C.O.A. works to achieve its mission by meeting the needs of Ashby’s residents in the following state-mandated categories of needs:

  1. Outreach
  2. Social Services
  3. Health Services
  4. Advocacy
  5. Information & Referrals

GET HELP: If you, or any Ashby resident you know, has unmet needs or needs assistance, please contact the Ashby Council on Aging Director, Corey Harju, at 978-386-2424, ext. 27 or email coa@ashbyma.gov

GIVE HELP: If you would like to participate in the Ashby C.O.A., find out how you can help meet the needs of Ashby’s older residents, or just learn more about what the Ashby C.O.A. is doing to support the community, please consider attending a C.O.A. meeting on the second Wednesday of each month at 3:30, on the top floor of Ashby Town Hall. 

Monetary donations should be made out to Ashby Council on Aging and sent to: 

Ashby Council on Aging
895 Main St., Box 11
Ashby, MA 01431

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COVID-19 Information for Older Adults

The CDC has identified older adults, 65 years and older, are at higher risk for more serious COVID-19.  CDC data suggest older people are twice as likely to have serious COVID-19.

If you are over age 65, PLEASE STAY HOME if possible. Ask a friend, family member, or neighbor to go to the grocery store for you. Alternatively, call the Ashby COA Director for assistance with getting supplies or any other assistance: 978-424-6508. 

Please encourage others you know over age 65 to stay home if possible per the CDC guidelines

Thank you for your help keeping Ashby’s older residents safe by spreading this important message. 

Corey Harju

Ashby Council on Aging Director

About the Ashby C.O.A. Director, Corey E. Harju:

An Ashby native, Ms. Harju attended Ashby Elementary, North Middlesex Regional High School, and Worcester State University where she received a Bachelor of Science.

Her professional experience includes over 4 years as the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association and over 12 years as a litigation paralegal for the Boston law firms of Eckert, Seamans, Cherin & Mellot, LLC, and Adler Pollock & Sheehan, P.C., and for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.

Ms. Harju is currently studying at Simmons University working towards a master’s in social work. Ms. Harju holds a Certificate in Horticulture from Cape Cod Community College and enjoys gardening in her free time.

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