Explorer Post 85

Emergency Service Squad

Westborough, Massachusetts

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Fund Raising

With the exception of the land we lease from the Town of Westborough, all the Post's fire scene operations, activities, day-to-day operations and maintenance are funded through private donation and fundraising.  Donations come in many forms.  First and foremost are the countless hours of time donated by our members, Advisors and friends.  To all that help out, we thank you. 

As we all know, it also takes money.  Here are some ways we pay the bills.

Ski Swap

The 2021 Ski Swap will be the 53RD ANNUAL!  For 52 years, Dexter Blois, Joe Breen, Whitey Koroski, Post 85 and others have run the Westborough Ski Swap.  For the past 24 years, the Post has been the benefactor of this charity fund raiser.  The Ski Swap is generally held the second weekend in December on Saturday from 9AM to 1PM.  Skis, snow boards, skates and other sporting goods are dropped off the night before between 7 and 9PM.  You tag your items and set your price.  The next day, we try to sell your equipment.  There are also ski vendors that sell new and used equipment.  The swap opens on Saturday at 9AM, with a preview at 8:30.  If your equipment sells, you get a check for 85% and 15% of the sale is a donation to the Post.  If you don't sell your items, you can pick them up or consider them a donation to us. 

The 2021 Ski Swap is expected to be held on Saturday, December 11th from 9am - 1pm.  Drop off is Friday, December 10th from 7pm - 9pm.  Please click here for detailed instructions to make drop off easier.

Can Collections

For over 35 years, Post 85 has conducted a year-round bottle drive. That bottle drive concluded June 30, 2021. We thank all that contributed their returnables and recyclables over the years. Funds from those nickels went directly to fund the operation of Post 85...one bottle at a time! It was grass root efforts such as this that's kept Post 85 going all these years! Please look for can drives run by other charitable organizations within Westboro as well as surrounding communities.


Lightstick Sales

The Post sells lightsticks at events, in particular, 4th of July festivities.  Lightsticks are not only fun for kids, they promote safety.  Lightsticks are non-toxic and make kids more visible to traffic.  In particular, they are great for Halloween!  If you would like lightsticks, visit our booth at the July 4th block dance or give us a call or email anytime.  contact us


Tot Finders

Tot finder stickers can be purchased from the Post.  The Tot Finder program is designed to tell firefighters which rooms are bedrooms for small children. Children unfortunately tend to hide during fires.  The sticker goes on the window of each child's bedroom.  If there's a fire, the firefighters can quickly identify which rooms might have children present and direct search efforts to that room.  This is a small step you can take to help identify where your children may be hiding.  If you would like a Tot Finder sticker, you can purchase one for $1.00 each at the Westborough Fire Department.  Proceeds go to the Post.

**If you previously purchased a Tot Finder sticker and your children are now grown, it is very important for you to remove the Tot Finder sticker.  Firefighters may take undue risk trying to find a tot that is not there.

Last, but not least, Donations

The majority of our funding comes through private donation.  We are very appreciative to all who have donated to the Post, no matter the amount.  If you would like to contribute, you may do so by mailing a donation.  The Post is a Section 501c charity and donations are tax deductible.  For mailing information, click here.


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