Senior Services

Parnell Park Facility

Parnell Park 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 May 2016 Senior Moments Newsletter

Click here to view the April 2016 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

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 2015


Margaret Taylor - Honored as Senior Volunteer of Year, pictured with Mayor Fernando Dutra.

The City of Whittier Senior Center is proud to nominate Margaret (Margie) Taylor as the Older American Recognition Day Honoree.

Margie was born in Converse, Indiana in 1937. After graduating from high school Margie married and then went to work for Anheuser Bush in 1955. She continued to work for Anheuser Bush until 1985 in Indiana, only taking breaks to have her 5 children. While her children were in school, Margie was very involved in the PTA and being a room mother, for all five children. In 1985, Margie was transferred to the Anheuser Bush in Downey, where she continued to work until her retirement in 2001.

Margie lived in Downey while she was working, but after she retired she moved to Whittier in a mobile home community in 2001. At the mobile home community Margie volunteered for special events, i.e., parties, bingo, and monthly breakfasts.

Margie started coming to the Whittier Senior Center and in 2005 began volunteering for us in 2007.

For the past 8 years, Margie has been volunteering in the Nutrition program. Margie assists the Nutrition Site Supervisor, Monday – Friday, preparing 14 tables with condiments and place settings and also cleaning up. She is also responsible for organizing supplies in the kitchen. Margie is eager to perform her duties, rarely missing days and is usually the first volunteer to arrive every morning before 8:00 a.m. In addition, Margie also assists with various programs at the senior center, such as the monthly birthday parties, special events, grocery shopping and picking up medications for our seniors. Margie is also known as the Sunshine person, because she circulates birthdays and condolences’ cards for everyone to sign.

The staff and volunteers at the Whittier Senior Center truly appreciate Margie’s dedication to our older adults and our center. We look forward to working with Margie for many more years.

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.