Groton Community Resource Guide

(Information updated on April 23, 2020)

The Groton Public Library does not endorse any of the following resources; this list is for informational purposes only. Please contact each organization for the most up-to-date information.

Information about COVID-19 Pandemic

Town of Groton (official website)

Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Public Health: COVID-19 Updates and Information

Mass 211 Database

Mass 211 is an easy to remember telephone number that connects callers to information about critical health and human services available in their community. It serves as a resource for finding government benefits and services, nonprofit organizations, support groups, volunteer opportunities, donation programs, and other local resources. Always a confidential call, Mass 211 maintains the integrity of the 9-1-1 system saving that vital community resource for life and death emergencies. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Mass 211 is an easy way to find or give help in your community. Site includes COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions.

Mass 211 responds immediately during times of crisis, to field calls regarding the crisis and to direct callers to services most appropriate for their needs. If you are unable to reach 2-1-1 due to your telephone or cell phone carrier, a toll-free number is available 1-877-211-MASS (6277). It's Free. Confidential. Multilingual.

2-1-1/United Way resources

Covid-19 Testing Sites in Massachusetts

ProQuest Coronavirus Research Database

Authoritative content from ProQuest made available at no cost by members of the International Association of STM Publishers – including Springer Nature, Taylor & Francis and The BMJ. Journals, preprints, conference proceedings and dissertations provide comprehensive coverage of COVID-19 and other past coronavirus outbreaks, such as MERS and SARS, for context around the current global pandemic. Full-text content in the database is available either directly from ProQuest or via links to publisher sites.

Unemployment & Financial Assistance

Town of Groton, Commissioners of Trust Funds

During this very stressful time, the Commissioners of Trust Funds for the Town of Groton would like residents of Groton to know that financial assistance is available through the Green and Shepley Trust Funds and the Community Children’s Fund. If you are in financial difficulty, please reach out to Karen Tuomi at or 978-877-6787 for more information. Each case is reviewed individually and strict confidentiality is maintained.

As in the past, donations are much appreciated and may be mailed to the Community Children’s Fund, 173 Main Street, Groton, MA 01450.

Massachusetts Unemployment

Filing for unemployment in Massachusetts:

Restaurant Employee Relief Fund

COVID-19 Small Business Assistance

Additional Resources

List of assistance for other specific jobs, and other states:

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Banks Offering Assistance

List of Banks offering help to customers affected by pandemic:

Credit Card Issuers Offering Assistance

List of Credit Card Issuers offering help to customers in response to pandemic:

Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled and Children (EAEDC)

Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC)


Food Assistance

Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, Devens (Getting ready to re-open on April 24.)

Temporary Sites in Groton

• Groton Council on Aging: email Kathy Shelp at or call 978-448-1170 to arrange pick-up.
• GDRSD Middle School South: contact Katie Novak at

Stone Soup Kitchen Ministries, Ayer

Phone: 978-772-6055, and on Facebook
Living Water Fellowship, 41 Littleton Road, Ayer, offers walk-up or drive-up food pantry, Saturdays, 10:00 am - 12 noon. No income or residency requirements. Their 5:00 pm Friday potluck dinner is now a "grab-and-go" meal.

SNAP Benefits (food stamps) or DTA Assistance Line: 877-382-2363

Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition Program (WIC) or call 978-345-6272

FoodSource Hotline

Hotline 1-800-645-8333, TTY: 1-800-377-1292 or

Grocery Store Hours, Including Special Hours for Seniors

• Donelan's, Pepperell: Seniors 7:00-8:00 am; regular hours 8:00 am - 7:00 pm, Sunday thru Saturday.
• Hannaford, Townsend: Seniors and at-risk individuals 7:00-8:00 am; regular hours 8:00 am - 9:00 pm, Sunday thru Saturday.
• Market Basket, Littleton: Seniors 6:00-7:00 am; regular hours 7:00 am - 6:00 pm, Sunday thru Saturday.
• Shaws, Groton: Seniors and at-risk individuals 6:00-7:00 am; regular hours 7:00 am - 8:00 pm, Sunday thru Saturday.
• Shop-n-Save, Ayer: Seniors and at-risk individuals 7:00-8:00 am; regular hours 8:00 am - 8:00 pm, Sunday thru Saturday.


Housing Assistance

Town of Groton, Housing Coordinator

978-732-1913, email,

Middlesex County, Low Income Housing

Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless


Health Insurance

Massachusetts Health Connector


Medicare and Coronavirus



Nashoba Valley Medical Center

200 Groton Road, Ayer, MA 01432
Main phone 978-784-9000, TTY 978-784-9595,

Emerson Hospital

133 Old Road to Nine Acre Corner, Concord, MA 01742
Main phone 978-369-1400, TTY 800-439-0183,

Emerson Urgent Care at Littleton

830 Constitution Ave Littleton, MA
Phone 978-287-8990. Monday thru Friday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm, weekends/holidays 9:00 am - 5:00 pm,

Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts

Sexual Health Counseling and Referral Hotline: 617-616-1616, or toll-free 800-258-4448, option #3.


Elder Care & Nursing Services

Groton Council on Aging

Nashoba Nursing & Hospice
Nashoba Nursing Service & Hospice (NNS&H) is a Medicare certified agency, which is commonly referred to as a Visiting Nurse Association (VNA), under the auspices of the Nashoba Associated Boards of Health (NABH), a Regional Health Department. NNS&H provides quality home health, hospice and community health to 16 member towns, including surrounding towns upon request that are located in the Middlesex and Worcester County areas.

Montachusetts Home Care
Partners in caring for over 40 years, Montachusett Home Care Corporation (MHCC) is a not-for-profit agency established in 1974. Their mission is to assist elders and disabled persons to remain safely in their own homes through the provision of in-home and community based services designed to prevent unnecessary nursing home placement.

SHINE (Serving Health Information Needs of Elders)

Part of Montachusetts Home Care, SHINE is a public program to support those new to Medicare or needing to make a change during open enrollment, A trained volunteer SHINE Counselor provides free health insurance information, counseling and, assistance to Massachusetts residents with Medicare and their caregivers. If you need to speak or meet with a SHINE Counselor, please call COA, 978-448-1170.


Veterans & Servicemembers

Town of Groton, Veterans’ Services Officer

Bob Johnson: phone 978-448-1175, Monday 9 am - 12 noon, Wednesday 6 - 9 pm, Friday 10 am to 12 noon, or email:

Massachusetts Resources for Veterans and Servicemembers

Massachusetts Department of Veterans Services, or call 617-210-5480, Mon- Fri, 8:45 am to 5:00 pm

Massachesetts Vets Advisor


Domestic Violence
(information from Groton Police Department website)

National Hotlines

• The National Domestic Violence Hotline: or 1-800-799-SAFE (7233); TTY (1-800-787-3224)
• National Sexual Violence Resource Center: or call 1-877-739-3895

Massachusetts Hotlines

• SafeLink, Massachusetts statewide hotline run by Casa Myrna, multilingual: 1-877-785-2020 or
• Jane Doe, Inc./Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence: phone 617-248-0922, hotline 877-785-2020, or
• Domestic Violence Services Network (DVSN): 888-399-6111 or

Local Resources/Hotlines

• The Center for Hope and Healing Lowell, for victims of rape and sexual violence; counseling, medical and legal advocacy, and other resources: phone 978-452-7721, hotline 800-542-5212 or
• Alternative House, Lowell, offering housing, emergency shelter, support groups, legal advocacy: Crisis Line 888-291-6228, non-emergency 978-454-1436 or
• YWCA Central Massachusetts Domestic Violence Services, online chat and hotline for emergency shelter, safeplan/court advocacy, support groups, short term counseling and advocacy: 978-537-2306, hotline 508-755-9030, and


Mental Health, Substance Abuse & Suicide

Covid-19 and Mental Health: Managing Stress and Anxiety

Disaster Distress Helpline

1-800-985-5990, TTY 1-800-846-8517 or

Massachusetts Substance Use Helpline

1-800-327-5050 or

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Interface Referral Service

Helpline (toll free) 888-244-6843, Mon-Fri, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and

List of Virtual Recovery Resources

Mental Health America

Massachusetts General Hospital

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK (8255) or

Samaritans 24/7 Crisis Services

877-870-HOPE (4673) or


Legal Services

Massachusetts Courts Self-Help

Massachusetts Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service

1-800-392-6164 or


Northeast Legal Aid

Middlesex Community College Law Center

Victim Rights Law Center


Citizenship & Immigration

Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants

617-727-7888, TTY 617-727-8147 or

Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA)

617-350-5480 or

International Institute of New England

617-695-9990 or



Groton Council on Aging


MBTA Commuter Rail, Fitchburg Line

Schedule and maps:

Massachusetts Transportation Services

For seniors, people with disabilities, veterans, commuters, and others:


Places Where YOU Can Help Around Groton (and Beyond)

(Information updated on April 23, 2020)

Town of Groton, Commissioners of Trust Funds

As detailed above, financial assistance is available to residents of Groton through the Green and Shepley Trust Funds and the Community Children’s Fund. As in the past, donations are much appreciated and may be mailed to the Community Children’s Fund, 173 Main Street, Groton, MA 01450.

Loaves and Fishes

Loaves and Fishes food pantry is CLOSED but expecting to re-open on April 24. They still need lower vulnerability volunteers, a box truck with driver once a week, and financial donations. Link to donate online:

New Food Pantries in Groton

The GDRSD, The Groton Food Project, Commissioner of Trust Funds, Friends of Groton Elders and the Council on Aging have formed a coalition to address the needs of our residents by establishing two food pantries in Groton. The Groton Council on Aging will receive non-perishable donations at The Groton Center (163 W Main Street). There is a bin by the front door for drop-off and deliveries can be made anytime. If you would like to drop off any non-perishable foods to our community food pantry, you can drop off at Middle School South (344 Main Street), between 8:00-9:30AM on Tuesday mornings. There will be signs leading to the drop-off area. GDRSD staff members will be outside, ready to accept donations.

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels is in need of monetary donations:

Off Their Plate

Off Their Plate donates meals to workers on the front lines:

Emerson Hospital

Emerson Hospital has a wish list that includes homemade items (with patterns):

Emerson is also in need of blood donations, by appointment only (currently scheduling for end of June):

Massachusetts Red Cross

Massachusetts Red Cross is in need of blood donations, by appointment only: call 1-800-564-1234 or

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Commonwealth of Massachusetts has a page to donate equipment, as well as local volunteer opportunities for health care professionals:

United Way Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley

United Way Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley has a COVID-19 Family Support Fund:

Greater Lowell Community Fund

Greater Lowell Community Fund has a COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund:

Human Network Initiative

Human Network Initiative: Neighborhood Aid Network is accepting volunteers (area-dependent):


MSPCA-Angell is NOT accepting general donations, but is accepting monetary donations and donations from their Amazon wish lists: