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Reminder: HANDS is Available to Help With Fuel Costs


Helping Address the Needs of Dudley’s Seniors is a nonprofit group comprised of Dudley residents, employees, and business owners, here to help Dudley seniors whose good planning is no longer enough to meet their monthly food, heating and/or utility expenses. HANDS will provide aid for those who qualify, through grants paid directly to heating and utility companies. If you are 60 years of age or older, a resident of Dudley, and find yourself in need of heating or utility assistance, please completely fill out the following application and mail it to the following address:
P.O. Box 343
Dudley, MA 01571

All applications are strictly confidential and the information provided therein
will be used solely for the purpose of determining financial aid eligibility.
For priority consideration, applications must be received by December 31.
Donations to HANDS are accepted year round. Checks may be made payable to HANDS and mailed to the address above.
All donations are tax deductible.

Should you have questions or need further information, please call HANDS at (508)943-8517

Download (HANDS-APP-2-PGS.pdf , PDF)

Press Release regarding EEE

While temperatures are dropping, possible risk of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) remains.  Although the Town of Dudley has not imposed a curfew on trick-or-treating or changed the times of the Halloween Spooktacular (Parade and Indoor/Outdoor Activities on October 24, 2019 between 5pm and 7pm), parents and guardians that choose to allow children to particicipate in such activities are strongly encouraged to take basic precautions against exposure to mosquitoes.

The state Department of Public Health (DPH) has identified several such precautions, including:

~Limit exposed skin by wearing long sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors.

~Wear an Effective Insect Repellent when Outdoors.  According to DPH, use a repellent with an EPA-registered ingredient, such as DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), or oil of lemon eucalyptus {p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD} or IR3535).  Always, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use on the product label.  DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children.  Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age.

For more information about EEE, you can visit the DPH website at