About Friends

On the left: Cay Kuras and Pat Howard

For more than forty years the Friends of Sudbury Seniors have been a significant source of support to the Sudbury Senior Center. The Friends enhance the dignity, independence and enrichment of Sudbury senior citizens by fund raising and advocacy, and by underwriting the cost of programs and improvements to our facilities.

Recent projects include:

  • Ongoing provision of furnishings for the Senior Center for more than 40 years
  • Funding and or subsidizing of many of the special programs offered at the Senior Center
  • Honoring our dedicated crew of volunteers with a special annual Volunteer Luncheon
  • And supporting the ongoing day to day updates of the Sudbury Senior Center website!

Friends of Sudbury Seniors come from all age groups, and there is no need to be a Sudbury resident to join.  All you need is an interest in the doings of the Senior Center, and a desire to support its activities.

Our congenial group meets monthly in the Sudbury Senior Center on the 4th Thursday of the month (except in December, July and August). We discuss the needs of the Senior Center and of Sudbury seniors, consider the benefits and costs of proposed projects, decide which projects should receive priority for funding, and track the outcome of ongoing work. We continue to assess what our future projects should be.

Join us!  Call the Senior Center at 978-443-3055 and leave your name and contact information.  A friend will contact you! Or sign-up for the newsletter online here.


The Cummings Foundation awarded the Friends of the Sudbury Seniors $100,000.

The Friends of the Sudbury Senior Citizens, Inc. is one of 140 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 to $500,000 each through the Cummings Foundation’s $25 Million Grant program.  The Sudbury-based organization was chosen from a total of 580 applicants during a competitive review process.

The new Fairbank Community Center, construction of which is scheduled to start in July, 2022, will be a focal point for community activities and programs designed for all ages, and will be the headquarters for the Sudbury Senior Center.  “This new facility will enable the Senior Center to offer more lifelong learning programs, host lectures and enrichment performances, furnish more support services to seniors and their caregivers, make the Senior Center more accessible and accommodating, and so much more,” said Bob Diefenbacher, President of the Friends.  “The Friends of the Sudbury Senior Citizens is thrilled to be able to support this initiative which will enhance the programs and services for an increasing senior population in Town.”

The Cummings grant will be used by the Friends of the Sudbury Senior Citizens to fully outfit a commercial kitchen at the Community Center.  This kitchen will enable the Senior Center to offer daily lunches and other meals to its patrons as well as enable the Town of Sudbury to utilize the Community Center as the Town ‘s only emergency shelter, serving meals to residents in need, many of whom will likely be seniors, during emergency conditions.

The Cummings $25 Million Grant Program supports Massachusetts nonprofits that are based in and primarily serve Middlesex, Essex and Suffolk counties.

Through this place-based initiative, Cummings Foundation aims to give back in the areas where it owns commercial property.  Its buildings are all managed, at no cost to the Foundation, by its affiliate, Cummings Properties.  This Woburn-based commercial real estate firm leases and manages 11 million square feet of debt-free space, the majority of which exclusively benefits the Foundation.

“We are so fortunate in greater Boston to have such effective nonprofits, plus a wealth of talented, dedicated professionals and volunteers to run them,” said Cummings Foundation Executive Director Joyce Vyriotes.  We are indebted to them for the work they do each day to provide for basic needs, break down barriers to education and health resources, and work toward a more equitable society.”

With the help of about 90 volunteers, the Foundation first identified organizations to receive grants of at least $100,000 each.  Among the winners were first-time recipients as well as nonprofits that had previously received Cummings Foundation grants.  Forty of this latter group of repeat recipients were then selected to have their grants elevated to 10-year awards ranging from $200,000 to $500,000 each.

This year’s grant recipients represent a wide variety of causes, including food insecurity, immigrant and refugee services, social justice, education and mental health services.  The nonprofits are spread across 45 different cities and towns.

The complete list of 140 grant winners, plus more than 900 previous recipients, is available at www.CummingsFoundation.org.

The Cummings Foundation has now awarded more than $375 million to greater Boston non-profits.

Help the Friends support the Sudbury Senior Center below…

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Joe Bausk, President
Ron Riggert, Vice President 
Josephine King, Treasurer
Judy Merra, Secretary



Joanne Bennett                          Judy Honens                                 Pat Howard
Cay Kuras
Donald Oasis                                    Deanna Sklenak



Every donation helps. Your contributions can make a significant difference in our ability to support Sudbury Seniors and the resources and programs provided by the Sudbury Senior Center.

Friends of Sudbury Senior Citizens, Inc., is registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your donation may be tax deductible, depending on your tax situation.

Checks may be made out to: Friends of Sudbury Senior Citizens.

Checks may be mailed to:

Josephine King
Sudbury Senior Center
40 Fairbank Road
Sudbury, Massachusetts 01776