Council on Aging


Duties & Responsibilities

The duties of the Council on Aging are to: 
  • Identify the needs of older adults 55 years or older & their younger spouses residing in the City
  • Educate the community & City officials
  • Enlist the support & participation of all citizens concerning those needs
  • Design, promote, & implement services to fill those needs

Services & Grants

The Council also coordinates existing services in the City & promotes & supports other programs which are designed to assist older adults in the community. The Council identifies funding sources, applies for appropriate grants, & administers grant-funded programs.

The Council on Aging must be aware of state & federal legislation concerning funding, information, exchange, & program planning to improve community programming for older adults.

Areas of Assistance

The Senior Center is committed to assisting and improving the quality of life for older adults in the areas of:
  • Community service
  • Good health maintenance
  • Lifelong learning
  • Mobility
  • Recreation
  • Related informational services

Close the Gap Matching Challenge Grant

The Chicopee Savings Charitable Foundation, an affiliate of Westfield Bank, has announced their pledge of a $100,000 “Close the Gap Matching Challenge Grant” for the benefit of Chicopee Council on Aging’s RiverMills Center. The Friends of Chicopee Senior Citizens, Inc. is making a final push to meet its $2 million pledge for the construction of the city’s senior center that opened five years ago.

With only $200,000 left to raise, the Chicopee Savings Charitable Foundation is once again taking the lead and challenging other businesses and institutions to step up and “Close the Gap” by generously offering to match all donation commitments up to $100,000 if received by December 31, 2019. This is on top of the $250,000 donation the Foundation pledged six years ago. The Friends and RiverMills remain forever grateful to all those who have already committed to this great cause.  For more information about the “Close the Gap Matching Challenge Grant” and naming opportunities still available inside RiverMills Center, please contact Ernest Laflamme Jr. at 533-4953.

William Wagner, President, Chicopee Savings Charitable Foundation (on left), and Ernest Laflamme Jr. (on the right). They are co-chairmen of the “Close the Gap Challenge Grant.”