HCAF can help in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic in 2 ways:

Emergency Assistance Grants:  HCAF provides modest financial grants for families who are affected by the economic fallout of the COVID-19 outbreak.  Someone who has lost their job or someone who has to stay home to care for a sick family member may need help paying a bill or affording critical supplies could qualify for an emergency grant.  Click below to find out how to apply.

Emergency Relief Cards:  In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, HCAF is providing financial assistance to families whose income has been affected due to the pandemic due to loss of job or increased financial burden.  HCAF is providing gift cards to be used for food or supplies.  Along with the card is a 20% coupon for any HOLLISTON-based business if used in conjunction with the card.

Financial support for a project or program:  If a local group or organization needs financial assistance to buy supplies or equipment assisting the fight against the pandemic, HCAF can help.  Click below to find out how.


What we do

Our Mission: 3 Services

The overall mission of Holliston Community Action (HCAF), a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is to unite the community of Holliston in a collective effort to help those who are less fortunate and to support actions that will make Holliston a better place to live for all.  We do this through 3 services:

1.  Emergency Assistance:  Do you know anyone who recently has had a crisis or a financial setback and is unable to pay a bill or provide a specific need for a child?   The HCAF raises money to provide timely emergency financial assistance to qualified applicants.  Grants are applied for under strict confidentiality through the Holliston Department of Youth and Family Services (DYFS).   This grant fund was originated with the Holliston Business Association in 2009 and now operates as an independent non-profit.  To date the fund has provided over 50 emergency grants totalling over $15,000.

2.  Supporting Community Betterment:  The HCAF raises money and provides service support to organziations, activities, programs or causes that they deem will improve the overall quality of life for the community.  The HCAF also can plan and sponsor their own community betterment activities with assistance from other organizations.  Some examples could be supporting the substance abuse program or planning and funding the creation of a youth activity center.

3.  Students Taking Action:  The HCAF organizes, mentors and supervises a "Student Division" of the organization which consists of students in the community ranging from age 12-22.  The Community Action Fund-Student Division (CAF-SD) provides oversight and guidance to a student-led group that is charged with organizing, planning, staffing and executing fund raisers or awareness programs that support the HCAF mission.  There are no restrictions or requirements to join and all are welcome.  It allows the youth of our community to take an active and positive role in shaping the future.

How to volunteer and support

The HCAF is looking for volunteers to support our upcoming programs.  

Adult Volunteers

We need adults to provide support for our committees and programs.  With HCAF there are no "memberships" required, only a commitment to a specific program or the ongoing work of a committee.  There is no cost associated with becoming a supporter however any donations make a difference.

Student Volunteers

The student division of HCAF is open to all students grades 6-12.  The student division works to support the overall mission of the organization while providing an opportunity to work with peers in a constructive and supportive atmosphere.  

About Us

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Emergency Assistance

Students Taking Action

Emergency Assistance

charitable donations
Helping people 
Charitable grants
emergency funding
helping elders

Find out how we help the people of our community who need us most.

Community Betterment

Students Taking Action

Emergency Assistance

charitable donations
Community service
substance abuse prevention
community center
fund raising

See how we support the organizations and programs that are making Holliston even better

Students Taking Action

Students Taking Action

Students Taking Action


Find out how to become part of a group making a difference

Contact Us


The Holliston Community Action Fund

770 Washington Street Suite 6 Holliston MA 01746