Thank you for visiting our website! The Acton Democratic Town Committee is a group of passionate local Democrats working to support our community, candidates, and values through year-round events, volunteering, and organizing.
There are a number of opportunities to get involved with Acton Democrats, both as an official member or simply as a friend. Some of our biggest annual events are listed below. For more information about upcoming events please see our Events page. To get in touch and to stay informed, visit our Contact page. Also, our members have contributed a number of related groups working on Democratic and social justice causes where all of us can help; for these please see our Allied Activities page.
Join us at any of our next regular ADTC committee meetings. The meetings are always open to the public. After attending two regular Acton Democratic Town Committee meetings, we can nominate you to become a participating member, either as a regular Member or, in the event we have more than 35 regular members, as an Associate Member.
For almost three decades, the Acton and Boxborough Democratic Town Committees have collaborated to hold an annual end-of-summer picnic. This event typically represents an opportunity to talk informally with a variety of Democrats from around our region and with many candidates and elected officials. Some of visitors over the years have been Elizabeth Warren, Congresspeople Niki Tsongas, Jim McGovern, and Barney Frank , former Governor Deval Patrick, former Treasurer Steve Grossman and of course many local State Representatives and State Senators.
Massachusetts Democratic State Convention
Every year the Acton Democratic Town Committees runs a caucus to elect delegates to the annual Massachusetts Democratic State Convention. The convention is held at various locations around Massachusetts, typically in June. Because of Acton’s excellent voting record and participation at past conventions, our allotted delegates have been steadily increasing. And we do our best to accommodate everyone who wants to go. The conventions are a great learning experience.
Community Service Events
The Acton Democratic Town Committee does several community service events each year. Since 2010 we have been involved in clearing invasive water chestnuts from both Ice House Pond and Robbins Mill Pond. These efforts have been very successful. At one time as many as fifty volunteers removed over 14 cubic yards of invasive water chestnuts. As you can see from these pictures, everybody has a great time – and gets thoroughly dirty in the process! Starting in 2013, several dozen volunteers and Boy Scouts have joined in regular trail clearings at the Trail Through Time, a heritage trail through town-owned conservation lands in North Acton.
Almost every year in the wintertime we run a food and fund drive to benefit Acton Food Pantry. Out best record came came a few years ago when we were absolutely overwhelmed by the generosity of Acton and Boxborough citizens, who donated 300 bags of groceries and supplies to our volunteers at Roche Brothers and Donelan’s.
And each April for the past decade we have participated in Acton Clean Up Day. This annual event was started by the Eldridge family.
Evelyn Olschewski Scholarship
Since 2007, the Acton Democratic Town Committee has supported this scholarship. which is awarded to an Acton-Boxborough High School senior to help with college. Evelyn was a long time Acton Democratic Town Committee member and much beloved Acton citizen, who died in March of 2012 at the age of 88. To contribute to this scholarship fund, please send a check made out to “Acton Democratic Town Committee” with a notation of “scholarship fund” to:
Meg Reed, Treasurer, Acton Democratic Town Committee, 374 Great Road, Apt 10, Acton, MA 01720-4009
A remarkable group of young people have been awarded these scholarships by the A-B High School administration. Recent awardees have been Adam McCall (2008), Elana Legman (2009), Alex Caro (2010), Alison Rice (2011), Diana Watson (2012), Corinne Elicone (2013) Genevra Hicks (2014), Albert Kong (2015), Sam Wolf (2016), and Alana Wu (2017).