The Senior Center Foundation

About the Senior Center Foundation

The Senior Center Foundation was formed in 2014 as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization solely to provide financial support for the programs and services of the Senior Center, Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts. In collaboration with the Senior Center staff and the Councils on Aging of the three supporting towns of Ashfield, Buckland and Shelburne, the Foundation works to help achieve the mission of the Senior Center which is “to enrich the lives of residents in the communities served by the Center as they age by designing networks, identifying and meeting their needs and interests, and providing services and programs in welcoming, respectful and safe environments.”

Make a secure, online contribution now:

Or mail a check to:

Senior Center Foundation, Inc.,
P.O. Box 464,
Shelburne Falls, MA 01370

Our Work

The Foundation exists to raise additional financial support for the Senior Center. As mentioned elsewhere on this website, the Senior Center is largely supported by the money allotted by the three participating towns - Ashfield, Buckland and Shelburne Falls. The Foundation provides annual funds to supplement these tax-supported municipal funds. We get these funds through our fund-raising activities. Annually, the Senior Center Foundation contributes $10,000 towards the Senior Center's programming budget, while also providing additional needs-based funding for local seniors' medical expenses, technology improvements and meals programs.

In 2017, the Senior Center Foundation began the groundwork for undertaking a Capital Campaign to raise money for the Senior Center Expansion Project. Since then, annual fall and spring appeal mailings have been sent out to donors to continue collecting funds for Senior Center needs and the Expansion Project Capital Campaign.

In 2021, donor funds have been used for the following:

  • Summer hobby groups, exercise classes and social events at Buckland Rec. Pavilion
  • Foot care clinics
  • "To Go" meals
  • Newsletter
  • Office supplies/equipment
  • PPE
  • Air purifier
  • Kitchen freezer
  • Technology upgrades

Gifts to the Senior Center Foundation, Inc. through Estate Planning

There are many reasons to engage in estate planning, including ensuring that organizations you support now continue to receive your support later. This can be ensured through estate planning.

Estate planning is not just for the wealthy or for those trying to minimize estate taxes. It is also a wonderful way to continue your support for an organization in which you believe and to leave a legacy.

For further information on ways to support the Foundation through estate planning please click here to download our brochure or contact Senior Center Foundation President Margaret Payne at (413) 834-2211.

Our Board

The Foundation is made up of volunteers who serve on the Board of Directors:

  • Margaret G. Payne, President
  • Renee Y. Rastorfer, Vice President
  • Marion J. Taylor, Past President and Secretary
  • Lowell Laporte, Jr. , Treasurer
  • Michael McCusker
  • Sylvia Orcutt
  • Trish Pearlman
  • Peter Otten
  • Sandy Cardinal
  • Jane Dunning
  • Juli Moreno, Director of the Senior Center, Ex-officio

Thank you for your interest in the Senior Center Foundation!

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