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West Chester Area Senior Center

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services, Senior Centers, Seniors

Mission: ENRICHING THE LIVES OF OUR SENIOR NEIGHBORS THROUGH FRIENDSHIP, ACTIVITIES, NOURISHMENT AND EDUCATION.

Target demographics: We help adults age 60 to 100+ by providing meals, resources, programs, education, and socialization to help them remain independent and engaged in their community.

Direct beneficiaries per year: In the past year, our Senior Center served 3,400 individuals through nourishment, education, socialization, and resources/referrals. Our Center served over 28,000 meals and offered over 3,000 exercise classes and other programs.

Geographic areas served: We serve adults age 60 to 100+ in the Borough of West Chester, PA in addition to our 7 surrounding townships of: East & West Goshen, Westtown, Thornbury, East Bradford, Willistown, and Birmingham.

Programs: Our Senior Center provides Meals and Nutrition Programs, Exercise and Health & Wellness programs, Social & Recreational Programs as well as a Computer Lab, Language Clubs, Intergenerational Programming, 2 book stores, and all sorts of weekly activities.

Community Stories

48 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Greg Z.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been affiliated with the West Chester Area Senior Center for the past year. I can't express strongly enough how impressed I am with this organization. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to interact with the entire staff and many of the members. All at this Center live the mission of the organization to "Enrich the lives of our senior neighbors through friendship, activities, nourishment and education". I have seen this first hand time and time again. This organization not only provides tremendous services to our valued senior community, but also exemplifies the way a non-profit organization should be run. Over 3,400 seniors benefit from these services and more than 28,000 meals were served last year (many at little or no charge to the seniors). Over 14,000 program sessions are provided annually with the help of 425+ volunteers. If you are a senior looking for a place to make friends, exercise, play cards, learn something new, or just spend some time with others in a beautiful facility, please stop in and say hello.

Kyoko Y.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I teach a class at WCASC. People there are so welcoming and you feel that you want to go back whenever you have any free time. I loved teaching there and seeing everybody's face! My class was always around lunch time. It smelled so good around lunch time. I have never eaten the food but I always saw a lot of people enjoying the meal! I am 100 % sure everyone who have been there misses the place as we cannot go there due to Covid 19. Hope we can go back there soon.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Sara Reeder, PhD, RN
Associate Professor
Villanova University M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing
I have been bringing senior nursing students to the West Chester Area Senior Center for their health promotion course for more than five years. The students and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the seniors and staff at the center. We look forward to each day at the senior center because upon our arrival we are greeted by an enthusiastic staff, a group of smiling seniors, and the opportunity to participate in a variety of high quality programs designed to enhance the quality of life and well-being of seniors. My students have stated, “We wish that we could spend more time at the center. It is an ideal place for health promotion clinical. It is such a happy place.”

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A wonderful non-profit organization! By providing an abundance of wellness activities and essential services, they help our area Seniors to remain independent and connected to their community.
I am honored and happy to be a volunteer for this population and the Center.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

WCASC offers a multitude of programs and services for seniors. I have been in the center many times these past few years and always see activity, smiles and groups of friends enjoying each other's company. The team there is friendly and Jess, in particular, makes sure that there is something for everyone.
Their Night at the Races has become tradition!

1 Michele Pruitt H.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I’ve been teaching a Tai Chi class at WC senior center for quite a few years. Every time I enter the building, I receive a warm greeting and a big smile. I’ve constantly witnessed the staff running activities, or saying hello during lunch etc. All the members I’ve come to know or have spoken to, love the staff and different activities. It’s a great place for seniors to socialize and it’s a safe environment!
Thanks!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been involved with the WCSC for years and I am so honored to be a part of this wonderful family! The staff and members are wonderful! The center offers so much to the community! I reccomend West Chester Senior Center to anyone looking for a friendly environment and very supportive group!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

The WCASC is tremendous in meeting the needs of the West Chester Community Seniors. Huge numbers of volunteers work to make this center a true "home away from home." Lives up to the motto, " Enriching the lives of our senior neighbors through friendship, activities, education, and nourishment." All kinds of activities... meals, exercise, help with taxes and Medicare, cards, fashion shows, etc. Multi-Generational program with the Chester County Family Academy brings young and olf together. Emergency Food Program during the pandemic. Every day, the WCASC works hard and effectivly to meet the everyday needs of WC's Seniors!

1 Chuck S.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This center provides opportunities for everyone to participate in, no matter your age or your physical ability. The staff is very friendly and always willing to help you with whatever you need.

1 Allie M.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a senior-serving professional, West Chester Area Senior Center is one that I am constantly referring to for my clients. The resources, programming, and community at WCASC far exceed what I've seen at other centers during my career. The staff and members are engaged, enthusiastic, and open to trying new things. I look forward to my visits there!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am very fortunate to be associated in a small way with the Senior Center as board member for the past three years. Strong leadership at the top of this organization has continued to provide essential basic benefits to the community in the most daunting situations. The continuous daily challenges are met with "what do we need to do to make this happen." This unwavering attitude ultimately results in ongoing success each and every day. Jeff L

1 gwsohn

Client Served

Rating: 5

Before Covid hit, the WCASC was my home away from home, playing cards and socializing. I am a former Board member and loved volunteering for their fund raisers. Since they closed in March they have delivered over 32,000 meals to seniors in need. What an amazing feat. The center has been open for 45 years and has become a haven for so many seniors in the West Chester area. The management and employees are always ready to help with whatever your needs are. Can’t wait until it is open again.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

WCASC is my home away from home since I retired 6 years ago. I love playing cards and socializing. They offer so many activities that everyone will find something they will enjoy. I have been on the Board of Directors for 4 years and enjoy volunteering my time for their fund raising events.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have served with the Center for almost 10 years and have enjoyed every minute of being part of what this amazing organization does. 2020 has been no exception to the feats of greatness that this organization accomplishes year after year. In my mind the most tremendous of those feats was an Emergency Food Distribution Program that in its first four months, served 32,600 meals with the help of our small staff and many community partners and donors. I am proud to be part of an organization that even in the worst of times, they become a shining star for those seniors in need.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been affiliated with the Center, in one way then another, since 2006., and it is a fantastic service for the people of West Chester. I was never more impressed than I am with their efforts to continue the innovative delivery of services to seniors during the pandemic shutdown.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Watching the seniors enjoy the meals and the activities ( pre-Covid) has given me great joy. I have been involved for several years with WCASC’s annual fundraising event.

I know that the staff has been doing all they can during the pandemic to make sure none of their folks go hungry. Thank you guys for all that you do.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined the Board of the West Chester Area Senior Center a year ago. I will always remember the moment I walked through the doors that first day. I was greeted with warm smiles from the volunteers, staff and every senior I passed. As I walked through the facility, my heart was overflowing. This center is an amazing place, where everyone is welcomed with open arms. I have never met a group of people that loved their jobs so deeply and were so dedicated. The staff is literally amazing, they give this center their heart and soul and care deeply for every one of its seniors. The staff is supported by 250 volunteers, donating 21,000 hours per year to providing breakfast and lunch, along with 14,000+ program sessions each year. This environment doesn't happen just anywhere, it is a product of dedicated staff, and board members along with the strength of its many volunteers.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband was on the board for 6 years and I was very proud of his service. With him being active I found out about this Excellent organization. I feel this is a very well run, very professional and definitely a friendly kind staff. I feel it give a safe and happy environment for our elders. With getting older I hope this Senior Center is still around so I can be a part of this fun organization. Please continue to services to our seniors for many years to come. Thank you!!
Ann McGrath

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Serving our Seniors as a board member of the West Chester Area Senior Center has provided me with an up close view of how dedicated volunteers with excellent leadership can change the lives of our community. With the COVID crisis threatening the well being of so many, the West Chester Area Senior Center pulled out all the options available and brought hope and smiles to our seniors along with 36,000 meals! This is Community Action at its best.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

West Chester Area Senior Center gives back to those who most need it. Serving more than 28,000 meals each year to thousands of seniors living below the poverty level, providing health checks, exercise classes and much more, WCASC delivers everyday through the efforts of more than 600 volunteers. There is a spirit that emanates from WCASC that can only be called “Goodness.”

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I’m a recent board member. I am blown away at the services that the WCASC provides. Beyond the 42,000 meals it provided last year. Beyond the 3400+ seniors that enjoy the center. The center is a social, meals, wellness and information provider that serves such an important group of people. The dedication of the staff is like no other! Passion for their work does not describe how much they love their work. Through these uncertain and tough times the Center marches on servicing the community.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member for the past three years it has been a pleasure and honor to be part of a Nonprofit community who has served our seniors for the past 45 years. This Center is built on a solid foundation of over 250 volunteers along with a dedicated staff and Board who truly believe in the motto "Enriching the lives of our senior neighbors through friendship, activities, education and nourishment". Due to COVID-19 it has been a challenge for all of us especially our seniors. Through dedication, commitment, donations and care, the Senior Center was able to keep it's promise to our seniors by providing an Emergency Food Distribution Program and distribute over 32,600 meals in just the first four months to seniors in need. This Senior Center is a Top-Rated Non-Profit program that continues to invest and re-invent themselves to better serve and provide for our senior community.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am simply amazed with how this non-profit has been able to help during this pandemic. In just 4 months, the center has been able to distribute over 32,600 meals to their seniors in need. Without the dedicated staff, volunteers and especially the community partners getting behind all of this, none of this could have been accomplished.

Great work by all!!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Being a part of the West Chester Area Senior Center is one of the most fulfilling roles I have played in my career. The Center's staff work tirelessly to provide a safe, enjoyable environment for our seniors. There is something for everyone there including exercise classes, health and wellness screenings and a plethora of programs that provide meaningful and engaging activities including cross generational opportunities for or members. When the global health crisis hit this year the Center pivoted from on-site meal service to weekly meal and food deliveries to hundreds of seniors in need. To date we have surpassed 28,000 meal deliveries since March with plans to continue to service this urgent need.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The West Chester Area Senior Center is a place for life long learning! There are always exciting programs happening! The friendly, caring staff have a strong commitment to the health and wellness of their members offering many programs for wellness and self care. Make new friends in classes of your interest; gardening, music appreciation, exercising or try a moving meditation Qigong class. This place is sure to keep your mind and body moving! Stop in, try out a class or program. You will be greeted by the welcoming volunteers and members!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

The West Chester Area Senior Center currently in it's 44th year serving the Borough of West Chester and seven surrounding townships enriches it's senior neighbors through friendship, activities, education and nourishment. With over 3400 seniors served per year through programs such as informational and referral sessions, various program sessions, exercise classes, partnerships with the many community organizations, health and wellness programs, seniors are able to have a place to feel safe and enjoy all the programs and friendships that are offered by this community organization. All of this is made possible by a dedicated staff and hundreds of volunteers with the common goal to provide the best resources for our senior community.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The WCASC provides an excellent venue for all seniors within the community. Through the generosity of volunteers, staff and donors the center offers a wide variety of services as well as place to mingle with friends and enjoy the many activities provided by the center. It is easy to say that this is a great local community effort that places value for all seniors within the community. It's an honor to be associated with such a great organization!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Terrific place. Home away from home for so many. Meet and spend the day with your friends. Have your main meal for the day. Play cards. Take an exercise class. Learn how to use the computer. It all happens at WCASC. Beautiful facility. Great atmosphere. Also, a great place to volunteer.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The WCASC is truly a home away from home for so many seniors in the West Chester area. Their mission and motto is," Enriching the lives of our senior neighbors through friendship, activities, education and nourishment." The terrific staff and large numbers of volunteers accomplish this mission every day. Without this organization, West Chester Seniors would not have the opportunity to socialize, have a meal prepared for them, get exercise, play cards, learn how to operate a computer, get assistance with Medicare issues, and see a friendly smile. WCASC is a tremendous community resource!

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The West Chester Area Senior Center feels like a home away from home as soon as you walk inside. The staff and volunteers truly care about every facet of well being of their members - from physical wellness, financial wellness, life-long learning, and everything in between. The greater West Chester community is undoubtedly a better place for our seniors because of the West Chester Area Senior Center.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the West Chester Area Senior Center since 2003.

It is a fun and friendly spot for local seniors to spend the day! It is always bustling with people, smiles, and activity. From breakfast, lunch, and snacks, to exercise programs, to classes in everything from computers to languages, to just sitting quietly and enjoying a cup of coffee in the café, “The Center” is a warm and welcoming place. The Center also serves as an important information hub for seniors. There are in-person information and referral services available and we host AARP’s annual tax preparation services--my 90-year old Mom has taken advantage of this service for a few decades now!

The West Chester Area Senior Center lives its mission everyday…Enriching the lives of our senior neighbors through friendship, activities, education, and nourishment.

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1

Board Member

Rating: 5

For over 40years our Senior Center has been a hub of activity for the West Chester community! Excellent breakfasts (best pancakes around), fun activities, opportunities to learn and make friends—all these combine to make WCASC a very special place.

1 Christine H.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I’ve been connected with WCASC for several years. The facts that they welcome 3400 seniors each year, have served nearly 29,000 meals in 2018, and boasts more than 400 volunteers who gave nearly 31,000 hours are secondary to one thing... the WCASC offers friendship and a welcoming “place to be” for so many who may find themselves alone. A wide array of programs allow all members to participate in activities that interest them. A meal shared with others brings smiles to so many who might otherwise be eating alone. A small staff supports a large purpose and their dedication is evident every day. I am in awe of what is accomplished each and every day in this organization.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

No senior left behind! I have witnessed the vitality, spirit and support members offer each other through meals, exercise and activities. The WCASC is not only a hub of activity EVERY day, but is a lifeline for so many who might not otherwise have a hearty meal each day. The resources available to members include assistance with tax prep, navigating the complicated world of insurance, health screenings, etc. An amazing staff juggles time, resources and of course, funding on a daily basis and still provide seamless, unparalleled programs.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

They have 30,680 hours of volunteer service per year – an over 1 MILLION dollar value! Spectacular choice for people looking to make a difference!

1 Nelly J.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Excellent organization. Very well run. Professional and kind staff. One of the most amazing services for seniors with many years of experience serving the West Chester and surrounding communities. Love this place!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Chester County Family Academy and the WCASC share a vision, we both strive to make a difference in lives of young and old in our community. CCFA students are fortunate to walk out one door and enter into the WCASC and be surrounded by caring adults that help children develop life skills, builds self-esteem and confidence. The Grand Friends intergenerational program creates memories of a life time.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

The WCASC provides a fun and secure environment for many of our Senior Citizens. I'm proud to be a Board Member of a fantastic organization. The staff and volunteers are project and goal oriented with the major goal of keeping our Seniors active , healthy ,engaged and happy ...Mission accomplished !

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Best senior center in PA. I’ve been working with them for five years. They live and breathe helping seniors make their lives better every day!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the West Chester Area Senior Center for many years. Is one of my happy places. The seniors are always busy taken different classes, enjoying a meal together or just hanging out. The staff, board members and volunteers are always making sure everyone feels safe and welcome! I love this place and the services we provided.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The West Chester Area Senior Center is a much needed staple for Chester County's aging population. Nutritious meals, cognitive engagement, physical & cognitive exercise, access to tax & medical resources, and inter-generational activities are services seniors need to stay healthy and to retain quality of life. The WC Senior Center excels at offering ALL OF THIS AND MORE!

Just give a quick call to any of the area adult day care centers or assisted living communities to see how much this type of engagement would cost and the value of the WC Senior Center is immediately established. From foreign language classes, to exercise classes, hot meals, parties, outings, and more - the WC Senior Center has so much to offer.

The WC Senior Center is also extraordinarily effective in the stewardship of its funds. Much of the work performed at the Center is done on a volunteer basis - some of the volunteers give more than 2,000 hours/year (that's more than a full time job!)!

There are so many positive attributes about the WC Senior Center, I could go on for pages.... Suffice it to say it is a much-needed community resource that does a great job at providing for its participants.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The West Chester Senior Center has been a very valuable community health partner. Our collaboration in providing blood pressure and hydration screenings, a Parkinson's Disease Support Group and an annual Falls Prevention and Awareness Expo at the center is testimony to their commitment to the wellness of our senior population. Everyone at the center goes above and beyond to make sure the needs of our older adults are met!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The WCASC is a "happening place." There is an activity for everybody, from exercise, to computer classes to QiGong and yoga. The staff, volunteers and members are always so welcoming. If you are looking to make new friends, take a class, have breakfast or lunch then I recommended joining the WCASC.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

The West Chester Senior Center is one of the finest organizations serving seniors in Chester County. Their programs are first class, their staff are professional and dedicated and the environment is a very welcoming, family type environment.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

With the help of over 44,000 volunteer hours, this incredible staff serves over 28,000 meals to over 3,500 seniors. Add to that the countless classes, Health and Wellness programs, assistance in navigating Medicare and Medicaid, and tax preparation assistance, this West Chester gem serves our seniors with dignity and great care. Plus, it's a fun place to be!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

WCASC is a fabulous organization in West Chester catering to the area senior population. This is a haven for our community seniors to meet, eat and socialize. There are various courses and exercise programs offered daily. The annual " Night at the Races" fund raising events is always sold out. It's a blast. Buy your tickets early!! A very involved Board and Staff make the WCASC a welcome destination for our "mature" friends and neighbors.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

West Chester Area Senior Center provides meals for 3,500 seniors each year. They offer programs all day long for information, health & exercise and just good fun. They partnership with other community organizations such as Chester County Family Academy, Chester County Department of Aging and the local Rotary Club. The staff is always friendly and inviting. They offer a safe clean environment for our seniors.