Community Services Department
The Department of Community Services is comprised of the Divisions of Elder Services, Recreation, Youth Services, Veterans Services and new this year, Andover DIVERSE; a Division focused on advancing community-driven initiatives and engagement with the goal of building a more inclusive Andover.
The Department of Community Services is deliberately public-facing; focusing its work and mission on improving the quality of life for all who call Andover home.
Additionally, the Department of Community Services in conjunction with other Town Departments serves as trustee and programmer for many of Andover’s most treasured resources such as Pomp’s Pond/Rec Park, the Andover Youth and Senior Centers, Veterans memorials and our many green spaces and playgrounds. The Department places a high priority on collaboration in and among its Divisions to maximize service delivery to the community.
Andover DIVERSE (Diversity, Inclusion, Values, Respect, Support and Education), a new Division in the Department of Community Services, is focused on advancing community-driver initiatives aimed at building a more inclusive Andover.
Andover Recreation provides residents a myriad of social, educational, cultural and recreational opportunities while embracing diversity and accessibility for all. The Division strives to rate the pulse of the community and incorporate ideas into valued programs for its citizens now and in the future. Visit the Andover Recreation website.
With the express goal of supporting those aging in our community, the Division of Elder Services offers services designed to ensure for the day to day health, safety and wellness of elders and their families.
The Veterans' Services Office is responsible for administering or coordinating all financial, logistical, medical and administrative support for over 3,000 veterans and their families in Andover.
Andover Youth services aims to provide young people useful experiences to promote healthy growth and development. It is our goal to build a network of affordable, accessible, safe, and challenging programs that appeal and respond to the diverse interests of young adolescents and their families. Visit the Andover Youth Services website.
Alphabet Soup: Understanding Gender and Sexuality
- Thursday, October 21, 2021
- 7:00 PM 8:30 PM
- Register for this Zoom presentation using the link below:
LGBTQ+ may seem like alphabet soup to you, but now is your chance to find out more about the individual identities that make up a diverse and complex community. Not sure about what nonbinary is? What is asexual? What are ways to be a supportive straight ally? There are lots of questions and this online event will offer you a great opportunity to find some answers. You’ll hear personal stories from SpeakOUT speakers and have the chance to ask the questions you may not have anyone else to ask.
SpeakOUT Boston has been telling the stories of LGBTQ+ lives for almost 50 years. Since 1972, SpeakOUT has shared personal stories in an engaging way and fostered dialogues within middle and high schools, colleges, businesses, faith communities, nonprofit organizations and more. Join SpeakOUT for an evening of sharing about the LGBTQ+ community in a safe and supportive atmosphere.
Speak Out Boston Zoom link to register:
Commission on DEI shares their Strategic Plan: Tuesday, September 14th, 7:00 pm
The Town of Andover's Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is looking for your input on their strategic plan. Please join us for this virtual public forum! Here's the link:
Town of Andover launches
Monday Nights on the Common:
Celebrating our Cultures
The public is invited to join friends and neighbors for a new Monday Nights on the Common series Celebrating our Cultures. The events are free and open to the public.
Organized by the Town of Andover’s Community Services Department and a working group of volunteers, the series brought together many community members who were interested in putting together an evening of arts, culture and celebration with the express intent of highlighting the many different cultures in our community.
This summer’s events include:
Monday, June 28th 7:00 pm
An educator’s perspective on the Strength of our Differences
Movie: Monster’s University
Activity: Free printable Monster’s U activity sheets at: momendeavors.com
Monday, July 12, 7:00 pm
Celebrating Israeli Culture
Movie: Operation Egg
Activities: Games and activities for kids and adults with the Israeli Scouts
Food: Bonapita Mediterranean Restaurant will deliver your pre-ordered food. Visit Bonapita.com
Monday, July 19, 7:00 pm
Indian Night: A Glimpse of our Culture
Activity: Henna Art
Monday, July 26, 7:00 pm
Celebrating Chinese Culture
Movie: Monster Hunt
Activities: Chinese Zither, GongFu demonstration, jump rope performance, calligraphy and paper cutting activities and traditional Chinese games.
Karma Andover will deliver your pre-ordered food to you on the common. Visit karmaandover.com
Contact: Jemma Lambert; Jemma.firstname.lastname@example.org 978.623.8312.
July 15, 2021
Earlier this week, a North Andover resident received a threatening anti-Semitic and homophobic message at their home. Sadly, this was the second reported incident of harassment in the town over the last month. These incidents of hatred are happening with more frequency, especially closer to home.
Andover's Commission on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion stands with our North Andover neighbors in condemning these actions and the hatred behind them. We remain committed to partnering with communities across the Merrimack Valley to help create safe spaces in our neighborhoods that are free from hatred, racism, anti-Semitism, and homophobia. Praise to the North Andover Police Department for investigating this incident as a hate crime.
March 30, 2021
This week Andover WECAN: Working to Educate for Climate Action Now begins its first program in our three part "Beyond the Bin" virtual series on recycling, food waste/composting, and trash in our community. This series is presented in partnership with Memorial Hall Library.
Thursday, April 1 @ 7:00 p.m.: Is Recycling Still Alive? Neil Rhein, Keep Massachusetts Beautiful with Sandra Gerraughty and Rachel Ciaramitaro, Andover DPW
Are you confused about what goes in your trash bin and what goes in your recycling bin? You’re not alone! This evening's speakers will talk about what really happens to our trash and recyclables here in Andover and how trash and recycling are managed in Massachusetts. Learn how to make informed decisions about your own personal habits. Learn ways to reduce the amount of trash you generate, improve your recycling habits, and make small changes to lead a more sustainable lifestyle.
For more information and link to register for all three events, please visit:
Upcoming programs in the series:
Thursday, April 15 @ 7:00 p.m. - Andover WECAN Beyond the Bin: Don't Throw Your Spaghetti in the Fireplace - presentation by Julia Greene, MA DEP with Sandra Gerraughty and Rachel Ciaramitaro, Andover DPW
Thursday, April 29 @ 7:00 p.m. - Andover WECAN Beyond the Bin: Trash - Can We Do Better? - presentation by Waneta Trabert, VP MassRecyle