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 for the Senior Moments Newsletter


Click 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, chair fitness, and walking hikes. Educational classes, discussion groups, lectures and film series are held regularly. Drop-in activities include card playing, billiards, reading, table tennis, etc. Social activities, dances and special events, holiday parties, excursions 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.

Free Legal Counseling

3rd Tuesdays of every month from 9-:30 am. 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

1st Wednesday of the month at both Senior Centers (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.

Dinner and a Show

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

Whittier Senior Center Volunteer of the Year

Dave Vanoski is a very well respected by the participants and staff the of the Whittier Senior Center. In 2012, Dave read in the Whittier Senior Moments, the monthly newsletter, about the monthly breakfast program, “Café Parnell.” Dave applied to volunteer and has been a vital part of this program. Dave assists by helping to plan the breakfast menu, shopping and most importantly preparing the meal. We have approximately 40 participants that attend the monthly program. Dave is an individual who does his work avoiding the limelight. He is very dedicated and supportive to the participants attending the center. The staff and volunteers at the Whittier Senior Center truly appreciate his dedication to our older adults and our center. We look forward to working with Dave for many more years. The City of Whittier Senior Center is proud to present Dave Vanoski as the 2017 Older Americans Recognition Day Honoree.

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.