Frequently Asked Questions

What is Andona?

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).

How does Andona funding work?

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.

How does Andona raise funds?

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!

What's the goal of Andona?

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.

How can I get involved with Andona?

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.

If I join Andona, is there a time commitment?

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.

How many meetings are there, and when are they held?

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.

How much time is required to serve on a committee?

Members generally spend two to three months working on an upcoming event with other committee members.

Where does the money raised by Andona go?

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.

What activities do you organize to support the Andover community?

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. 

How much are the dues to belong to The Andona Society, and where does that money go?

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.

What does the title “Andona” stand for?

“An” stands for our town of Andover, and “dona” comes from a Latin word meaning “gift”.