Senior Services

Parnell Park Facility

Parnell Community and Senior Center
15390 Lambert Rd.


Whittier Senior Center
13225 Walnut St.



The City of Whittier Community Services Division cordially welcomes you to participate at the Whittier Senior Citizens Center.  We are proud to present a comprehensive program of human services and recreation activities for the mature adult, 55 years of age and older.  This facility is a multi-purpose senior center open seven days a week for socialization and drop-in programs as well as educational classes, special events, cultural activities, lectures, health screenings, exercise programs, volunteer opportunities and much more.

Membership in the Center is just $3 per year for Seniors 55 and older.  Benefits include a membership I.D. card, some mailings and discounts for special events, dances, etc.

Pick up a free monthly newsletter at the Centers for the current schedule of activities, or call
(562) 567-9470 for Whittier Senior Center and (562) 567-9450 for Parnell Community and Senior Center.

Click here to view the April 2014 Senior Moments Newsletter

here to view the March 2014 Senior Moments Newsletter

here if you are interested in renting one of our Senior Center facilities for your event!

  Pancake Breakfast 

At both the Whittier Senior Center and Parnell Senior Center, recreation/instruction classes are held weekly in various art media (oils, watercolor, stained glass and quilting), line dance and ballroom dance, chair fitness, and walking tours.  Educational classes, discussion groups, lectures and film series are held regularly.  Drop-in activities include card playing, billiards, TV, reading, table tennis, etc.  Social activities, dances and special events, holiday parties and entertainment are also on the calendar.


Fun and Healthy Activities

On Wednesday, January 15, Parnell Hikers walked the Arroyo Pescadero & Deer Loop trails.  These ladies are troopers.  On their trek through the Whittier wilderness, they spotted a fearsome coyote making its rounds through the trails.  But the groups’ fearless and brave trail guide spooked the coyote back into the Eucalyptus forest.  The cool weather was perfect for day hike. 

General Information and Meeting Times       

Whittier Dial-A-Ride Cards

$5 for 10 rides, $10 for 20 rides.  Proof of age required.

Disabled American Vets Meeting

3rd Saturday every 3 months
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. at Whittier Senior Center

American Legion Post 51

3rd Tuesday of each month
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. at Whittier Senior Center

SASSFA Nutrition Program

Meals, programs and social activities, case management, friendly visits at Whittier Senior Center

American War Mothers

1st Wednesday
12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Doll Project

Thursdays, 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. at Whittier Senior Center.

Free Legal Counseling

1st Tuesdays of every month from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at the Whittier Senior Center (By Appointment Only). Call (562) 567-9470

Chair Fitness

Class schedule is every M-W-F 9 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Provided at both Parnell Park and the Uptown Senior Centers.

Weekly Flicks

Come and watch some great movies on the big screen TV at 1 p.m. every Wednesday and Thursday at Parnell Senior Center, and Thursday/Friday at 1 p.m. at the Uptown Center.

Hearing Aid Check

2nd Thursday of the month from 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. at the Whittier Senior Center (By Appointment Only).

Tai Chi

Classes will be held at the Senior Center on Tuesdays. The session is 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. There is also a class on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Join the Walking Group

The Walking Group meets Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the Whittier Senior Center (unless otherwise noted) as they visit local sites or utilize public transportation.

Caregiver Support Group

1st  Tuesday of the month, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Caregivers support provided by SASSFA, beginning in August.


Dinner and a Show

4th Monday of the month at Whittier Senior Center and 4th Tuesday of the month at Parnell Senior Center - check the center for monthly menu.

Information and Referral

For information and/or referrals to social service agencies (i.e. housing, in-home care, assisted living, emergency food, etc), call the Information & Referral Office at (562) 567-9476.


Senior Volunteer of the Year 2013


Jack McClure- Honored as Senior Volunteer of Year

Jack McClure was named Senior Volunteer of the Year, as he and more than 80 other volunteers from the Uptown and Parnell Park Senior Centers were honored at the annual Senior Volunteer Recognition Luncheon held  at the Parnell Center.

The volunteers were honored for the more than 15,000 hours of time they served the Senior Services Division in 2012, and were presented with certificates of appreciation.

McClure was recognized for his participation in the Uptown Senior Center weekly dances, at which he and his band, “The Mid-Cities Band,” have played for 12 years.  Each week, McClure and his band have played for the enjoyment and dancing pleasure of the more than 100 people who attend this weekly event.

In a time when entertainment can be difficult and costly to obtain, McClure was recognized as being a tremendous asset for playing at the weekly dances; obtaining substitutes if necessary; selecting the music; and playing at other senior events, such as the Aloha Luau, Jazz in the Patio and the Harvest Feast.  In addition to his volunteer service at the Whittier program, McClure also plays Thursday nights at the La Habra Senior Center.

Council Member Fernando Dutra praised the senior volunteers, noting the importance of their service and their creating a sense of family and community.  Other City officials attending the luncheon were Nancy Mendez, Assistant City Manager; Fran Shields, Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Services; and Martin Browne and Greg Alaniz, Community Services Managers.

Senior center volunteers provide a myriad of services in many programs and projects, including:  nutrition program, beading class, Information and Referral office, front office assistance, doll project, Woodworkers of Whittier, crochet class, Writers’ Club, tax preparation assistance, conversational English classes, assistance at special events and those who serve on the Senior Advisory Committee.

For more information on volunteer opportunities and other senior programs, call the Senior Center at 562-567-9470.

Volunteer Opportunities 

Volunteers are always needed to help in the following areas:

  • Nutrition Site
  • Front Desk Receptionist
  • Information and Referral Office
  • Special Events
  • Donations of dolls, yarn, material and fabrics are always accepted at the Uptown Senior Center. Please call for more information.

Come see us if you are interested in volunteering at the Senior Center .

Please view the quarterly Community Services
brochure for more programs.