Andover Youth & Family Resources:
Town of Andover Information:
- Andover Answers wiki: compiled and maintained by the Memorial Hall Library staff about various historic information regarding the town.
- Andover - Official town home page: information about Andover's government, schools, cultural events, and businesses.
- Andover Center for History & Culture: formerly the Andover Historical Society; provides in depth historical information about the town.
- Andover Public School Library Catalogs: Search the holdings of school libraries in the Andover Public School District.
- Andover Public Schools: the official homepage of the public schools including school calendars and telephone number.
- Andover School District Profile: statistical information about the Andover school district.
- Andover Townsman: Andover's local weekly newspaper
- Code of the Town of Andover: later revisions and additions available in Town Clerk's Office.
- Demographic profile: from the U.S. Census Bureau.
- Lawrence Eagle Tribune: local daily newspaper.
Andover Recreation Information:
- Andover Trails Committee: Maps and guidebooks to the recreational areas of Andover.
- Andover Village Improvement Society (AVIS): Reservations open to the public for hiking, birding, and cross country skiing.
- Bay Circuit Trail: About Bay Circuit Trail.
- Harold Parker State Forest: lies in Andover, North Andover, North Reading, and Middleton and comprises just over 3000 acres.
Assistance Paying Rent / Utilities:
Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) & Emergency Rent and Mortgage Assistance (ERMA):
The state-funded RAFT and ERMA programs are tools used by the Housing Consumer Education Center (HCEC) team to provide eligible households up to $10,000 per 12-month period that can be used to help retain their housing, avoid utility shut-off, obtain new housing, or otherwise avoid becoming homeless.
Rental & Mortgage Assistance:
The Town of Andover has launched a Rental and Mortgage Assistance Program for residents have lost income because of COVID-19. The Town has designated $200,000 of CARES Act funding to this program. The Town of Andover has partnered with Andover Community Trust to administer this program.
Eligible Andover residents will be able to receive up to one month's rent or mortgage, with a maximum of $5,000. Payments are made directly to landlords or lenders.
For more information visit the Andover Community Trust site.
OTHER HOUSING INFORMATION
Commonwealth of Massachusetts - Getting Help With Housing Costs During COVID-19
Child Care Information:
- Child Care Aware: childcare resources and information on childcare providers.
- Child Care Circuit: a Massachusetts non-profit that provides childcare referrals, training, and support services for parents.
- Exceptional Lives: Free, easy-to-use Guides for parents of children with disabilities.
- Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE): MARE finds adoptive homes for children and teens waiting in foster care.
- Massachusetts Office of Child Care: lists all MA licensed childcare providers by town.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 988 or 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 741741. For Spanish: 1-866-628-9454 Connects individuals with counselors for emotional support and other services via web chat.
- Battered Women's Hotline - 1-800-899-4000
- Crisis Text Line: Text TALK to 741741 Anxious about coronavirus? Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor. For anyone feeling anxious, depressed, suicidal, or experiencing any other unpleasant emotions and/or mental discomfort.
- GLBT National Hotline - 888-843-4564 (Gay. Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender)
- Massachusetts Substance Abuse Information and Referral Helpline - Referral agency for substance abuse support services: Inpatient, outpatient, and residential programs; along with self-help and family group meeting 1-800-327-5050 or 617-292-5065
- National Association Mental Health (NAMI):1-800-950-NAMI or Text NAMI to 741-741 Nationwide peer-support service providing information, resource referrals and support to people living with mental health conditions, their family members and caregivers, mental health providers and the public.
- Rape Crisis Hotline - 1-800-870-5905
- Samaritans Statewide Helpline: 1-877-870-4673 Emotional support for anyone in Massachusetts.
- Samaritan's Suicide Prevention Hotline - 617-247-0220
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Hotline:1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746
- Andover Commission on Disability: volunteers appointed by the Board of Selectmen to advocate for disability issues in Andover.
- Exceptional Lives: Free, easy-to-use Guides for parents of children with disabilities.
- Massachusetts Office on Disability: advances legal rights, supportive services, accommodations, and accessibility for citizens with disabilities.
- Microsoft Accessibility: customization of Microsoft products to enhance use.
- Talking Books from the Perkins School for the Blind: Readers with visual impairment, blindness or physical disability are able to read independently borrowing braille books, audio books, accessible magazines and more.
- Andover Senior Center/The Robb Center: serves Andover’s 60+ population, where age is a credential, not a barrier; multi-service Senior Center providing on-site programming, including community resource identification; 978-623-8320.
- AgeSpan: a private, nonprofit agency in northeast Massachusetts that helps people maintain their highest levels of independence, health, and safety as they age; AgeSpan also oversees the Protective Services Division, investigating cases of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation; 978-683-7747.
- MAOA: (Massachusetts Association of Older Americans): enriches the lives of elders through education, advocacy, and action on issues that impact elders.
- Massachusetts Senior Care Association: information and searchable lists of assisted living, skilled nursing, and continuing care retirement communities in Massachusetts.
- America's Job Bank: sponsored by U.S. Department of Labor, includes and state employment agencies.
- BostonWorks: Boston Globe's online listings of job openings.
- CareerBuilder: find careers that match you skills and expertise.
- Careers and Job Hunting Resources : Links to job hunting, resume writing, interviewing, job training and networking sites.
- Chronicle of Higher Education: job listings in the field of education.
- Glass Door: reviews of jobs/companies from people who have worked in them.
- Idealist.org: a portal for everyone interested in nonprofit organizations and issues, nonprofit careers, volunteering, events, and resource.
- Indeed: find jobs by profession, location, and salary.
- LinkedIn: social networking tool for business professionals.
- MA Division of Labor and Workforce Development: find a job; file a claim; get training.
- MASSHire JobQuest: sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Workforce Development.
- Monster: comprehensive job search resources.
- New England Employer: databank of jobs in New England.
- USAJOBS: search for government jobs by, location, agency, or occupation.
Mobile Food Pantry at the Robb Center The Mobile Food Pantry will provide bags of non-perishable groceries on the second
Wednesday of every month in 2023 from 9:00am-11:00am in collaboration with Andover Elder Services.
The Robb Center
30 Whittier Ct.
Project Bread Food Source Hotline: If you or your family is facing hunger right now, Project Bread wants to help.Call the FoodSource Hotline at 1-800-645-8333
SNAP Benefits (formerly food stamps) are administered by the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA). The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can help you expand your healthy food budget and explore opportunities to support your wellbeing and education and employment goals. Check this flyer to see if you are eligible for SNAP benefits
Apply for food assistance (SNAP), It takes only 20 minutes!
- AMA Doctor Finder: list of members of the AMA searchable by state and specialty.
- Centers for Disease Control: health topics A-Z with links to statistics sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.
- Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs: information on prescription and generic drugs from Consumer Reports.
- Healthcare Blue Book: a database of fair prices for medical procedures by location.
- Healthfinder.gov: health information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
- Inner Body: a guide to human anatomy online.
- Lowell General Hospital Web Library: consumer health sites organized by subject.
- Massachusetts Health Connector: The Health Connector is a state-based health insurance Marketplace that makes shopping for affordable health and dental coverage easier for Massachusetts individuals, families, and small businesses.
- Massachusetts Physician Profiles: information about the education and training of licensed physicians in Massachusetts.
- Mayo Clinic: consumer health resource maintained by the Mayo Clinic.
- Medlineplus.com: health information from the National Library of Medicine.
- Merck Manuals: Professional and consumer versions of one of the world's most widely used medical information resources.
- Merck Veterinary Manual: Concise, easy-to-use, comprehensive reference that covers the diversity of species and animal diseases worldwide.
- National Cancer Institute: comprehensive information on cancer.
- NBCancerResource.org: a comprehensive resource guide to help people living with cancer North of Boston.
- Oncolink: cancer information provided by the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center; includes consumer information causes and prevention information.
- WebMD: provides valuable health information, tools for managing your health, and support to those who seek information.
Massachusetts Health Connector: The Health Connector is a state agency and health insurance marketplace that makes coverage available to people who recently lost their insurance from their employer. Most people who apply through the Health Connector can get a plan for a low monthly cost, and some people even qualify for a $0 monthly payment. All Health Connector plans cover services like doctor visits, emergency care, physical therapy, and prescription drugs. When you fill out an application online, you’ll find out right away if you qualify for a health plan from the Health Connector or coverage through MassHealth.
Masshealth: In Massachusetts, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are combined into one program called MassHealth. MassHealth members may be able to get doctors’ visits, prescription drugs, hospital stays, and many other important services.
- Babelfish: free online translation service.
- Duolingo: learn languages completely free, without ads or hidden charges.
- Google translate: translate text, web pages, and documents; more than 40 languages included.
- Learn a Language: Exercises to learn words and phrases.
- Radio Garden: Tune into thousands of live radio stations across the globe.
Parent Education Youth - Ages 9 to 18 years:
- Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
- Center for Disease Control Mental Health Tools and Resources https://www.cdc.gov/mentalhealth/tools-resources/index.htm
- Drug-Free- All the latest information to help parents prevent your children from turning to drugs and alcohol
- Drug Abuse- Drug information and facts, education materials, curriculum guides, classroom tools, and more
- govprovides information about various drugs including heroin and prescription drugs. This page is useful for both parents/guardians and adolescents.
- John Knight - The founder and director of the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research ( CeASAR) at Children's Hospital Boston and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. For his presentation on the effects of substance use on adolescent development please visit Teen Safe.
- Exceptional Lives: Free, easy-to-use Guides for parents of children with disabilities
- orgexplains different drugs in a manner that is useful for both parents/guardians and kids.
- Kids, Teens, and Money: government resources for kids and teens about online safety, advertising literacy, identity theft and scams
- Massachusetts Youth Risk Behavior Survey
- The Addiction Recovery Management Service(ARMS) - Specializes in supporting teenagers and young adults between the ages of 15 and 25, and their families, as they deal with substance-related problems.
- govis useful for parents hoping to learn more about drugs. SAMHSA also allows parents/guardians to find treatment for their children/loved ones.
- The Intervention eBookthat describes how to intervene when you believe that your child or loved one is using drugs or drinking alcohol. Parents/guardians will find this especially useful.
- This guideprovides information for parents/guardians about prescription drugs.
- Underage Drinking- Get the facts, the tools, and the advice you need to start talking real.
- Northeast Legal Aid (NLA) provides free civil legal services to low income and elderly residents of Essex County and Northern Middlesex County, Massachusetts. It provides these services together with its subsidiary, Northeast Justice Center (NJC).
50 Island St., #203A, Lawrence, MA 01840
Call between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm Monday through Friday, apply online at any time.
Intake Phone Number: 978-458-1465, 1-800-336-2262
Online Intake Website: https://northeastlegalaid.wufoo.com/forms/x7vyx3q1mhit3u/
- Executive Office for Immigration Review's Recognized Organizations and Accredited Representatives Roster by State and City: Helps immigrants to the United States find accredited legal assistance.
- FindLaw.com: includes legal information for the layman and a lawyer search.
- International Code Council: current and historical international building and residential codes.
- Legal Information: search for legal information or lawyers by location and practice specialty. Provided by lawyers.com a service of LexisNexis.
- Martindale Hubble Directory: search for law firms and individual lawyers.
- Massachusetts Jury Service: respond to your jury summons.
- Massachusetts Legal Resource Finder: This site gives you contact information for legal aid offices, government agencies and court programs that may be able to help you for free or at low cost.
- Massachusetts Legislators: arranged by town.
- Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries: Massachusetts legal information; Ask A Librarian.
- MassLegalHelp: Accessible, easy-to-understand walkthroughs of different areas of state law.
- Where do I vote?: Handy form from the MA Secretary of State's Office.
Mental Health Screening Tool:
If you have been feeling sad, blue, stressed, anxious, or generally out of sorts, one of these screenings may help you decide if you should consult with your physician or seek mental health treatment. We invite you to take this free, confidential online screening for mood and anxiety disorders. The screening is provided so that you may find out quickly and easily whether professional consultation would be helpful for you. You can access our screenings HERE
Online Screening Tool For Substance Use Addiction: https://www.myhealth.va.gov/mhv-portal-web/substance-abuse-screening
Subsidized Housing Resources:
CHAMP (Common Housing Application for Massachusetts Public-Housing): CHAMP is the website where you can apply for state-aided public housing. Through the online system, this website lets you submit your application to one or more housing authorities, instead of having to mail or hand deliver an application to each housing authority separately. You can also keep your application information up-to-date on this website as it changes. This will help you to make sure that housing authorities know how to contact you.
Housing Choice Voucher Program, commonly known as Section 8, is the federal government’s major program for assisting very low-income families, elders, and people with disabilities to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses, and apartments.
All for Good: helps you find ways to "do good"
Habitat for Humanity: brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope
Idealist.org: a portal for everyone interested in nonprofit organizations and issues, nonprofit careers, volunteering, events, and resource
Volunteer Match: connects people with nonprofits that need volunteers
Volunteer.gov: a United States Federal Government portal which lists volunteer opportunities on public lands in the United States.