Reminder – Due to the Memorial Day Holiday, the Senior Center will be closed 5/27/2024 – No food or transportation services will be available on that day.



On April 10th, the Brookline Senior Center celebrated its volunteers at our annual Volunteer Appreciation Event. The Retro Polatin Duo performed hits from the 50s and 60s that had volunteers up dancing. Following several welcomes by COA Chair Yolanda Rodriguez, Senior Center Director Ruthann Dobek, and Volunteer Coordinator Valerie Graf, nominees for Volunteer of the Year Award were recognized. These volunteers, reflecting the wide spectrum of services and contributions to the Senior Center, included Ava Fu, Sara Lee Bloom, Judy Chasin, Mei Chu, Marcia Goldstein, Hermia Hall, Pam Hitchmoth, Sandy Silbert, and Nancy Tremblay.

Ruthann announced the recipient of the 2024 John & Molly Dolan Volunteer of the Year Award: Judy Chasin. Ruthann thanked Judy for all that she has done for the Brookline Senior Center, including serving as Vice Chair of the COA Board, leading the Ukulele and Virtual Singing groups, coordinating the eyeglass donation program through the Senior Center, picking up flowers from Trader Joe’s every week, donating the remaining items from our Craft Fair and Yard Sale to the organization Welcome Home, and representing the Council on Aging on the Springwell Board.

For the 2024 Community Service Award, Ruthann gave special recognition to the SHINE program and SHINE Volunteers at the Brookline Senior Center, Chris Leonesio, Sybil Levisohn, Steve Maas, Sonia Wong, and Valerie Zimber. This award is in recognition of all the wonderful work that the SHINE (Serving Health Information Needs of Everyone) program, and our SHINE volunteers, have done on behalf of Brookline seniors.

Select Board representative to the Council on Aging John VanScoyoc also shared words of appreciation, and a call for everyone to keep showing up and advocating for seniors in the community.

The Volunteer Appreciation Event concluded with a grab-and-go lunch and dessert courtesy of Hemlock Grille as well as lovely plants courtesy of Albert’s of Brookline for all the volunteers.

Thinking of Volunteering?

Please contact Valerie Graf at 617-730-2743 or if you would like to learn more about volunteering at the Senior Center.


Leader for Public Issues Book Discussion Group

This book group reads selections on public issues, history, current events and other non-fiction topics. If you are interested in learning more about hosting these in-person monthly meetings at the Brookline Senior Center, please contact

Valerie Graf at 617-730-2743

or Jamie Jensen at 617-730-2753

S.H.O.P (Students Helping Older People)

The S.H.O.P. (Students Helping Older People) Program has been a collaboration between the Brookline Senior Center and the community service program at Brookline High School for many years. During these years, literally hundreds of students have helped dozens of seniors. It is a win-win volunteer opportunity whereby students grocery shop for seniors in Brookline and seniors share their actual history and experience with students in a friendly visit after shopping.

In addition to getting the groceries for the senior, another benefit of this program is developing meaningful multigenerational relationships. Some students have shopped for the same senior throughout high school and consider their elder an important part of their life; others continue to visit after graduating. The seniors tell us that they feel that their students are like family.

S.H.O.P is currently underway for the 2023/2024 school year. If you are interested in learning more about the program or getting on the waitlist, please contact Valerie Graf at 617-730-2743 or at

CLICK HERE to watch a video to learn more about the S.H.O.P program and how it benefits both students and seniors.

Retirement Engagement Alternatives Program (REAP)

The REAP program is designed for Brookline residents aged 60 and older who wish to remain engaged and active in the community while in retirement or partial retirement. Limited additional program opportunities may also be available for individuals aged 55-60. The goal of this program is to enhance the retirement experience by connecting participants with either part-time paid or volunteer work in the community or at the Brookline Senior Center (BSC).

To enroll or for more information, call 617-730-2767 or email Vivian Williams at

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