Many seniors we serve have an annual income of $20,000 or less!

The West Chester Area Senior Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that relies upon public, private, foundation, corporate and individual support to serve our community.


The West Chester Area Senior Center (WCASC) thanks everyone for their generous contributions of time, effort, and resources, which enable us to provide critical programs and services for the health and well-being of seniors. Thanks to you, the WCASC has received various designations and awards:  

  • Earned the top-level “4-star rating” from Charity Navigator, the world’s largest Nonprofit Evaluator.
  • Awarded the Candid Gold Seal.
  • Designated a “Top-Rated Nonprofit” by Great Nonprofits for the 6th year in a row.
  • Named a Next-door “Neighborhood Fave” at the 530 E. Union Street location and both Second Reading Bookstores

Other Fast Facts Include:

  • 49th year of community service as a 501(c)(3) organization serving the Borough of West Chester and surrounding townships.
  • $.85 of every $1 donated is spent directly on services to our seniors.
  • About 150,000+ meals are served annually.
    • Daily breakfast & lunch: 85% of seniors attending share breakfast and/or lunch at the Center.
    • The weekly “Corner Cabinet” Food Distribution Program, accomplished through the on-site food pantry, serves on average 400+ seniors a month.
  • Exercise Classes for all levels.
  • Health & Wellness Programs (Nutrition, Healthy Weight Loss, Fall Prevention, Parkinson’s Support Group, Flu Shots, etc.).
  • Information & assistance with programs that benefit seniors, such as Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.
  • Free income tax preparation.
  • Social Clubs, including Current Events, Book Club, Languages and Quilting.
  • Computer education and computer lab.
  • The Center derives almost 85% of its funding from private sources, our local community, and the dedicated service of hundreds of individuals.
  • A distinctive funding source is derived from the proceeds of the Center’s two “Second Reading Bookstores,” second-hand bookstores in West Chester (32 N. Church Street in the Borough of West Chester) & 929 S. High Street in the Parkway Shopping Center) staffed primarily by senior volunteers.
  • Partnerships with many community organizations and educational institutions enhance the services provided to seniors (Chester County Department of Aging, Chester County Food Bank, AARP, United Way of Chester County, West Chester, Villanova & Immaculata Universities, etc.).
  • Hundreds of volunteers and a small staff.
  • Annual revenues include 15% Government and 4% United Way Funding.


Strategies for making a gift…

For 49 years, the mission of the WCASC has come to life thanks to the generosity of our many friends! As we continue our momentum, we hope you consider varying ways of enriching the lives of our senior neighbors through friendship, activities, education, and nourishment.

There are many ways that you can financially support our important mission. The options listed below serve as a guide. We are confident that you will find a vehicle that matches your interests. Please know that whatever choice you make, the funds will support seniors in the West Chester area.

  •  Sponsoring and/or attending fundraisers
  • Donor Advised Funds
  • Annual Giving
  • Real Estate
  • Tribute/Memorial Gifts in honor of or in memory of someone
  • Giving from your IRA
  • Charitable Gift Annuity
  • Appreciated Securities
  • Wills, Living Trusts & Charitable Trusts

Contact Bernadette Walsh at or 610-431-4242, ext.106 for information.

The Center’s official registration may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free 1-800-732-0999.
Registration does not imply endorsement.