Council on Aging FAQ

Council on Aging / Senior Center FAQs

Do I have to pay to use the Senior Center?
There is no charge to drop in to use the Center; most of our programs and services are free of charge.

Some classes and services do require a fee to cover costs. Examples of fee-based offerings include painting classes, foot care, day trips, and parties. For more information about fees, please contact a staff member at 413-772-1517.

Donations to support Senior Center programs and services are gratefully accepted, but never required.

Senior Center funding is provided by the city of Greenfield, Community Development Block Grant, MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs, various community partnerships, monetary donations, and lots of volunteer time and talent. Many thanks to all of our sponsors and community partners!
Do I need to sign-up for programs or may I just drop-in?
Drop-ins to the Senior Center are always welcome. If you like to read, you'll find today's Recorder, along with gently used books for sale, only 50 cents.

Due to limited space, registration is required for many programs, events, and definitely for day trips. Please contact a staff person for more information at 413-772-1517.
How do I get help for my mother/father/relative/neighbor?
Family members, caregivers, and concerned neighbors frequently contact us for information about services that help keep elders living safely and independently in their homes. Our staff can help link your loved one to local programs and services, even if you live far away. You can reach us at 413-772-1517.

Also, please check out our links page for area resources.
How do I learn more about Council on Aging/Senior Center activities?
Read the Greenfield Senior News.

Our free Senior News is available monthly at many drop-off sites throughout town, including City Hall, the Library, some senior housing sites, and other locations. It is also available at the Senior Center. You may call 413-772-1517 to request one, and we'll mail one copy free of charge. On the back page of the newsletter is a subscription form you can fill out if you'd like to have it mailed directly to you each month. There is a small fee which covers the cost of postage.
How do I volunteer?
Volunteering to support your community is an extremely rewarding experience and Council on Aging board members are some of our most important volunteers. COA meetings are held monthly and are open to the public; you can read more about the COA here.

To find out about the Greenfield Council on Aging / Senior Center Volunteer Program and other volunteer opportunities, please check our Volunteer Program page or contact Senior Center Staff at 413-772-1517.
Who can use the Council on Aging / Senior Center?
The Greenfield Council on Aging / Senior Center serves people age 55+.

Sometimes activities and services are limited to Greenfield residents if space or enrollment is limited but most of our programs and services are for all seniors, regardless of residency.

Some programs are open to the public, all ages. If you are under 55 and would like to attend a program, please contact a Senior Center staff member at 413-772-1517.