The Association’s mission is to furnish assistance to and to promote the welfare and relief of elderly women.
The mission’s motto, “not alms alone, but a friend” prevails as the core of what makes the Association’s work so compelling and compassionate.
The Association is led by volunteer members and an executive director who address the needs of between 150-200 women in the communities of Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, New Bedford and Westport. The Association also awards grants to agencies and programs that are appropriate to our mission of assisting elderly women. The volunteers visit beneficiaries on a monthly or annual basis. These visits allow for extending friendship, care and continuity in meeting an individual’s needs as they may arise. The board members continue to work in committees very similar to the original organizational model.
For over 150 years, the Association for the Relief of Aged Women of New Bedford’s mission of helping elderly women in need as friend has been preserved, fostered and managed by women who hold true to the guiding principles of its founding women led by Rachel Howland.
The Association for the Relief of Aged Women of New Bedford operates under the General Laws of Massachusetts as a private non-profit 501c(3).