Council on Aging

Welcome to the Ware Senior Center!

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Ware Senior Center/Council on Aging to identify the total needs of the community’s elder population,
to link services to those needs, and to improve the quality of life of our seniors.

Staff Directory 
Phone Ext.
John Zienowicz
Executive Director
Janine Leis Social Services Coordinator 502
Holly Orzech Finance Coordinator 506
Alton Davis

Hours of Operation/Phone Numbers   COA Board  Members   
Business Hours - Monday-Friday 8-4 pm   Names Term Expires
    John Zienowicz  
413-967-9645 - Senior Center Front Desk               Irene Eskett 2023
    Cheryl Haigh 2025
413-967-9600 - Social Services   SK Robinson  2025
    Ginger Ziglar Thomas  2025
413-967-9294 -  (fax)   Walter Lahair Sr. 2025

Flu/Covid Vaccines for Seniors of Ware

The Ware Senior Center and the Quabbin Health District were just awarded a sizable grant from the National Council on Aging to provide Flu and/or Covid vaccines to the seniors of Ware at no cost to you or your insurance.

Flu Clinics for Seniors - November 3rd and 17th, 1-4 pm at the Ware Senior Center

Sign up at the Front Desk or RSVP to the Ware Senior Center 413-967-9645

For future vaccine clinics, we need your help to identify who is in need and what vaccines are needed.

Please click below for a printable copy of our survey or stop by the senior center and fill one out.
This will help us determine how to best serve our community with this grant. 

Vaccine Needs Survey

Add Your Voice, Inform State Planning on Digital Equity

The Ware Council on Aging knows that people in our communities have different experiences when trying to use the internet or computers. We are committed to helping promote “digital equity” - the ability of all residents to have access to the internet and to feel capable and confident using it. 

As part of the statewide Internet for All initiative, the Massachusetts Broadband Institute created a survey to collect information about how households throughout the state  access and use of the internet. Together with our partner, the Western Mass. Alliance for Digital Equity, we are reaching out to residents like you to make sure that your perspectives and experiences are included in state plan. With significant federal funding coming soon, we want to make sure that money is available to meet the needs identified by people in our region.

Please take the time to do this survey – it will take about 7 minutes. The survey is anonymous and is available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Vietnamese, Russian, Arabic, and Khmer. Respondents can be anonymous. If you don’t know the answers to some questions, don’t worry. Whatever information you can share is helpful.

You can take this household survey here.

Feel free to share this with your neighbors, friends, and colleagues. If you need to print out a copy, you can find them here.

Ware Housing Forum SM


Looking for a fulfilling volunteer opportunity?
Can you spare 2 hours a month to represent older adults in your community?

WestMass ElderCare, an Area Agency on Aging designated by the federal government through the Older Americans Act, is responsible for planning and delivering services to older adults and caregivers in Belchertown, Chicopee, Granby, Holyoke, Ludlow, South Hadley, and Ware.  WMEC is currently seeking volunteers from these communities who are interested in helping to advocate for their needs by serving on its Citizens Advisory Council.  No special qualifications are needed but some experience and familiarity with needs of older adults and family caregivers is preferred.

Monthly Advisory Council Meetings are held on a rotating basis at local Senior Centers and Libraries in the communities listed above.  We usually meet on the second Tuesday of each month from 10-11 a.m. (except for July and August when there are no meetings).

If you would like to represent your town on WMEC’s Citizen’s Advisory Council, please contact Sarah Aasheim, Director of Community Programs.  She can be reached at 413-538-9021 X536 or



Over 60? Need Assistance?

We're here to help with 
-grocery pickup
-prescription pick up
- Library pick-up/drop-off
- Small errands
- Post office tasks
- Copying services


Short-term or long-term. We can help!

Call Carol 413-497-4407

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