Governor Shapiro Secures Millions For Local Senior Centers

Reading, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Aging today announced 45 Senior Community Centers (SCCs) from 26 counties across the Commonwealth will receive one of the Department’s 2023-24 competitive grants totaling $2 million, ensuring older adults are supported in familiar, local places with services to stay healthy and connected to their communities.

Hundreds of other SCCs that didn’t compete for the larger grants will get to divide up an additional $1 million that Governor Josh Shapiro secured in his first budget for SCCs, which serve as social support lifelines in their communities. SCCs throughout Pennsylvania welcome thousands of older adults through their doors every day. The competitive grants help SCCs fund larger-scale projects such as updating and modernizing facilities, providing new health and entertainment programs, upgrading technology, and enhancing nutrition services.

The grant funding is appropriated by the General Assembly with proceeds from the Pennsylvania Lottery. 

“The Department is grateful to Governor Shapiro and his ongoing commitment to supporting older adults in partnership with the General Assembly. With the additional $1 million in non-competitive grant funding, we can reach those senior centers who may not need capital improvements but have equally important initiatives to improve access and programing for older adults,” said Secretary of Aging Jason Kavulich. “Our Senior Community Centers are a cornerstone in our communities and to the older adults they serve. A SCC may provide the only interaction that an older adult has some days, and we want to make sure that our centers are welcoming, inclusive, and assets to the local area. The projects funded by both the competitive and non-competitive grants will help the recipients enhance the programs and services already in place as well as create new opportunities to welcome current visitors and attract new consumers.” 

The additional $1 million that Governor Shapiro secured in his first budget creates a new, permanent non-competitive track to the grant program. Since the competitive grants normally fund larger scale projects, the non-competitive grants will allow smaller needs to be met and more SCCs to benefit from the funding. A total of 392 SCCs were granted a non-competitive award of $2,551 per center. 

Today’s announcement took place at the Berks Encore Reading Center in Berks County, one of this year’s competitive grant recipients. Joining Sec. Kavulich at the podium were State Sen. Judy Schwank, State Rep. Manuel Guzman and Berks County local leaders, including the Berks County Area Agency on Aging. 

Both the competitive and non-competitive grants will help SCCs fund projects based on their needs and the needs expressed by the older adults who attend them. This year, a total of 437 SCCs received competitive or non-competitive grant funds. 

There are 484 Area Agency on Aging-affiliated Senior Community Centers throughout Pennsylvania that provide a variety of offerings, such as nutritious meals, educational opportunities, transportation services, financial and insurance counseling, and exercise programs. 

For more information on other services and programs benefiting older Pennsylvanians, visit the Department of Aging’s website.  

Below is the list of Senior Community Center competitive grant awardees:  

County Senior CenterAmountProject
AlleghenyCYA – Stephen Foster Center$62,558  Capital Improvements & Renovations
AlleghenyElizabeth Seton Center$50,000Capital Improvements & Renovations
AlleghenyPlum Senior Community Center$45,800Capital Improvements & Renovations
AlleghenyPrime Time Activity Center$150,000Capital Improvement & Renovations
AlleghenySouth Side Market House$30,000Capital Improvement & Renovations
BedfordHyndman Senior Center$31,135Programs & Services
BerksBerks Encore Reading Center$104,759Capital Improvement & Renovations
BerksCasa de la Amistad Senior Center$14,876Technology
BlairCentral Blair Senior Center$58,300Capital Improvement & Renovations
CambriaJohnstown Senior Center$52,829Nutrition Services
ChesterKennett Area Senior Center$52,000Capital Improvement & Renovations
ChesterPhoenixville Area Senior Center$17,400Programs & Services
ChesterSurrey Services for Seniors – Devon$15,587Capital Improvement & Renovations
CumberlandMechanicsburg Place Senior Center and More$36,487Capital Improvement & Renovations
CumberlandWest Shore Citizens Senior Center$33,048Capital Improvement & Renovations
DauphinJewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg – JCC of Harrisburg$22,100Programs & Services
DelawareSurrey Services for Seniors, Inc.–Broomall$5,076Capital Improvement & Renovations
DelawareWayne Senior Center$50,000Nutrition Services
ErieJohn F. Kennedy Center$65,589Capital Improvement & Renovations
FayetteBullskin Senior Center$74,437Capital Improvement & Renovations
FayetteFairChance Center in the Bank$34,024Capital Improvement & Renovations
FayetteMountain Citizens Action Group$40,184Capital Improvement & Renovations
GreeneCarmichael’s Senior Community Center$46,480Capital Improvement & Renovations
HuntingdonThree Springs Senior Center$92,162Capital Improvement & Renovations
JeffersonBrockwayville Depot$10,000Capital Improvement & Renovations
LackawannaDunmore Senior Center$5,760Programs& Services
LancasterLuis Munoz Marin Senior Center$8,264Capital Improvement & Renovations
LehighCasa Guadalupe Center$14,089Programs & Services
McKeanEldred Senior Center$73,922Capital Improvement & Renovations
MifflinLewistown Senior Community Center$35,000Capital Improvement & Renovations
MontgomeryThe Open Link$34,154Capital Improvement & Renovations
MontgomerySalem Adult Citizens Center$52,000Programs & Services
PhiladelphiaCenter in the Park$132,250Capital Improvement & Renovations
PhiladelphiaKleinLife$16,065Capital Improvement & Renovations
PhiladelphiaMarconi Center$51,000Programs & Services
PhiladelphiaNorthern Living Center$25,000Capital Improvement & Renovations
PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia Senior Center on the Avenue of Arts$73,000Capital Improvement & Renovations
SnyderBeaver Springs Senior Center$33,359Programs & Services
SnyderSelinsgrove Senior Center$21,000Capital Improvement & Renovations
WashingtonBurgettstown Senior Center$17,190Capital Improvement & Renovations
WayneHamlin Senior Center$11,500Capital Improvement & Renovations
WestmorelandNew Florence Center for Active Adults$8,022Capital Improvement & Renovations
YorkGolden Connections Community Center$135,026Capital Improvement & Renovations
YorkSeptember House$33,704Capital Improvement & Renovations
YorkStewartstown Area Senior Center$24,864Capital Improvement & Renovations


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