The Athol Community Wood Bank provides heat to residents in need by converting dead and declining trees into firewood. Since 2015, volunteers at the wood bank have provided over 200 hours of service to the community processing cordwood and have distributed 15 cords of dry wood to households in need. Under the direction of the Athol Tree Warden the wood bank continues to grow and we are always looking for extra help with splitting and stacking wood on volunteer days.
How residents with an identified need can receive wood
Residents in need may apply for wood by the following request procedure:
Note: Applications for the 2018-2019 heating season are due by October 9th, 2018 at 5:00PM
(A small amount of wood may be reserved for mid-winter depending on availability feel free to ask after the application season has closed)
① Fill out an application:
Online at: Insert link to application form
In person at: Town Hall Room 17
Board of Selectmen Contact:
Bridget A. Sullivan, Administrative Assistant
Tel. (978) 249-2368
② Resident receives a voucher good for a bin of wood (approximately ½ cord) via email or at Town Hall.
③ Pick up is at the Athol DPW, 338 Unity Ave by appointment with the Tree Warden: Vouchers are given to the Tree Warden when you come to pick up wood. Recipients are responsible for loading the wood into their own vehicles.
Tree Warden Contact:
Travis Knetchel, Athol Tree Warden
Tel. (978) 249-8684
Many hands make light work. The wood bank is always looking for new and returning volunteers to come lend a hand on work days. The main tasks we need help with are splitting and stacking wood at the town DPW yard. Need approved community service? We are happy to sign off on school and court ordered community service hours. Household members benefiting from the wood bank are also encouraged to donate their time at organized volunteer days.
Fall 2018 Volunteer Days
Friday September 21st, 2018 9:00AM-12:00PM
Saturday October 13th, 2018 9:00AM-12:00PM
Friday November 16th, 2018 9:00AM-12:00PM
(Coffee and light refreshments provided)
Finding the Wood Bank for Volunteer Days
Click on the link to the Google Maps listing for the Athol Wood Bank:
Things to Bring
- A well-rested body with a positive mental attitude
- Appropriate work clothing and footwear for splitting and stacking wood
- A water bottle
- Signed Volunteer waiver (We have blank copies on-site if you forget)
- Insert Link to Volunteer Waiver
- Gloves, hearing protection, and safety glasses if you prefer your own
(We have sets available on-site to use if you do not have your own pair or forget)
More Helpful Info about Wood Burning
- Getting more heat with less pollution. If you have a wood burning stove that was built before 1990 chances are you could be eligible for the woodstove change-out program. This program operated by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center offers up to $3,000 towards the replacement of older, less energy efficient wood stoves.
- Please don’t burn wet wood. Wet wood wastes fuel, builds up creosote in the chimney, and pollutes the air in town. For more information about responsible wood burning check out the EPA Burn Wise site.
- Wood Stove Safety Tips. Tips and advice offered by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security about the proper installation and operation of wood stoves.