Andona, the all-volunteer, women-run, nonprofit best known for putting on Clown Town, is kicking off its 70th year with a meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Andover Center for History and Culture.

“Volunteering with Andona is a great way to give back to our community, sets a good example for our kids, and provides a connection to a network of amazing women,” Andona said in a note to Andover Public Schools families.

Last year Andona handed out $14,000 in scholarships, $4,500 in camp scholarships and $27,825 in grants for social and emotional programs, books, clubs and sports. Including last year’s $46,325, Andona has distributed more than $1 million to support kids in Andover since its founding in 1952.

Andona is currently looking for general members, as well as volunteers who can help with the scholarship committee, publicity, social media, graphic design and fundraising.

Contact vice presidents Rebecca Anoli and Kate Gleason at or visit for more information.

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