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The Friends of the Northborough Senior Center are part of the trio – along with Senior Center staff and the Council on Aging – that’s dedicated to serving the senior residents of Northborough. The role of the Senior Center and the COA (whose members are an advisory body appointed by the Northborough Board of Selectmen) is “to maintain or increase the quality of life for the mature citizens of our community.”
Many of the classes and programs at the Senior Center are self-supported by participants’ fees and/or subsidized by grants. But since the COA as a town committee cannot raise money for other activities that enhance Senior Center operations, the Friends help fill that gap. We accomplish it by enlisting the financial support of townspeople and other individuals, as well as local businesses and organizations. Having been established in 1991, when the Senior Center was located on Centre Drive adjacent to Heritage Village, the Friends look forward to being 25 years young in 2016!
In addition to its financial-support role, our Board of Directors has developed a network of enthusiastic volunteers who take part in our fundraising initiatives. The Friends’ board meetings take place at the Center monthly (except December) at 1 p.m. on the fourth Monday, and are open to all.
In short, our initiatives support activity at the Northborough Senior Center and help meet the needs of seniors who gather there. Thanks to people of all ages who care about Northborough’s senior residents, our circle of Friends is widening!
2018-2019 Friends of the Northborough Senior Center Board of Directors, from left, seated:
Treasurer, Jane Fletcher, Secretary, Carolyn Squallante, Jim Priest, Pat O'Hearn, Joe Kelly, Jan Cappello.
Standing; Crystal Rahaim, Vice-President and Assistant Treasurer, Henry Squillante; President; Anita Hagspiel, Membership Chair; Forest Lyford, Sue Savage and Edward Bombard.
We cordially invite your interest in Friends membership, which is open to all and not limited to local residents! Dues are renewable annually, in January. The dues paid by new members joining in late fall will cover the following calendar year. Please click here to access our online membership form and to learn more about volunteering for Friends activities or to help the Senior Center staff.