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The Friends of the South Hadley Seniors, Inc. was founded in 1981 as a private, nonprofit,

501(c)(3) organization in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Our mission is to work with the South Hadley Council on Aging (COA) and the community of South Hadley for the benefit of South Hadley’s senior residents through appropriate programs and events and to enhance their opportunities for meaningful relationships and activities. 


The Friends meet the second Tuesday of the month at 1PM at the Senior Center. 

What We Do

The Friends of the South Hadley Seniors believe in enhancing the lives of South Hadley’s senior community.  For 40 years we have supported programs and events at South Hadley’s Council on Aging as well as serving South Hadley’s senior community at large.

We fund requests for COA needs that are above and beyond what is covered in the town budget and that will enhance opportunities for seniors. We offer financial assistance for programs and meals to any and all who are in need. We offer outreach and financial assistance for town wide needs that benefit our senior community.

Some of what we have funded in the past includes the following:

  • Entertainment at the Senior Center - Patrick Tobin, Summer Patio Concerts, Ritchie Mitnik, Old Country Road, Madison Curbelo, Tony Rarus, Doug Pi & Santo, Freddie Marion and more.

  • Classes/Items for the Senior Center - Free Bingo with prizes, Beeyonder Virtual Tours, Roger Hart Multi-Media, Alcohol Ink Class, Gary Felder Physics, Signage on Electric Car and more.

  • Meals/Food for Senior Center - Fall Cider & Donuts, Veterans Lunch for 100, 2 Months Free Coffee, Birthday & Anniversary Lunches, St Patrick's Day Meal, Curbside Meals

  • Friends' Events - Ice Cream Sundae Social with Sarah the Fiddler, Woodlawn Dedication Event w/the Bad News Jazz Band, Dan Kane & Friends Holiday Concert w/cocoa & cookies

  • Community Outreach - Pickleball Court Construction Funding, Age & Dementia Friendly Resource Booklet Printing

  • 400 Holiday Stockings for seniors who are alone/in need


Board of Directors

Kim Prough | President
Janet Stawasz | Vice President
Kathy Gallivan | Secretary

Dorothy Kelly, MD | Directory

Rita Starzyk | Director

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