Senior citizens of Swarthmore and neighboring communities consider ourselves an integral and active part of our borough. The Swarthmore Senior Citizens Association is a civic organization that promotes the well-being of seniors, as well as others in the community, by providing a welcoming environment for social interaction, learning opportunities, and exploring resources. Open to all; you are welcome, no matter your age, interests, or where you live, to participate in our programs and services.
SSCA activities take place at the Park Avenue Community Center (The PAC Center, 129 Park Avenue, Swarthmore, PA) throughout the year. The Board of Directors will continue to follow health guidelines regarding COVID as published by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. We will also continue to follow the guidance of the Park Avenue Community Center (the PAC Center). Because our SSCA activities are in groups, we do require that participants be fully vaccinated for COVID.
We are pleased to be associated with the PAC Center, which offers space and programming for people of all ages to engage in a broad range of educational, recreational, charitable, and community-building activities. The PAC Center’s website is thepac.center.
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Bridge is on Wednesdays at 10:00 am; Canasta is on Fridays at 10:30 am. If you are interested in forming a pinochle group or Scrabble group or any other small group for games and crafts, please let us know at Swarthmoreseniors@gmail.com.
Friday Friends is held on the patio or at inside seating at the Swarthmore Co-op every Friday from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. 341 Dartmouth Avenue
Lunch and Learn programs are held at the PAC Center on Wednesdays from early September through the end of May. Bring your lunch at noon and enjoy socializing with friends old and new. The formal program begins at 12:30 p.m. and ends at 1:30 p.m. 129 Park Avenue.
Meetings of small groups may be scheduled by emailing SwarthmoreSeniors@gmail.com or calling 484-437-8272. Board meetings, committee meetings, and official and scheduled meetings of SSCA will take precedence over other meetings and gatherings. Like all other SSCA activities, meetings are for those who are fully vaccinated. Meetings may sometimes require a separate registration and payment.
Group walks are being scheduled by the Walks and Trails committee. Normally these do not meet at the PAC Center, so watch for meeting times and places in the newsletter. Some walks and hikes may depend on individuals traveling to various sites on their own or in carpools and then walking or hiking together. (Carpooling is considered an indoor activity. The driver in a carpool may impose stricter rules for all carpool participants than have been published by the State Health Department.) Contact SwarthmoreTrails@gmail.com if you have an idea for a walk or a hike in the area.
Take your own walk using SSCA's maps! We have mapped out over 20 walks and trails in Swarthmore. You can use the AllTrails app on your phone (click here to learn how to do that) OR you can download and print the maps from the Borough's website by clicking here OR you can go to the Library and check out one or more laminated maps.
SSCA Travels are happening! Keep an eye on the newsletter for upcoming trips.
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For more than two years, the Pantry Staples Program has provided shelf-stable products on a monthly basis to St. Katharine Drexel Food Pantry in Chester. The generous financial help from Swarthmore and several surrounding communities has given PSP the wherewithal to make a difference on behalf of our food-insecure neighbors in Chester. Financial oversight by the Swarthmore Senior Citizens Association has been the conduit for monetary donations, and many SSCA members and friends have been loyal supporters.
The Pantry Staples Program is excited to announce that financial donations will now be collected by a fund administered by The Foundation for Delaware County. Since 2016, TFDC has been committed to working with local nonprofit organizations to improve the well-being of the county’s diverse residents. Recognizing that food security remains an important challenge, TFDC is pleased and eager to begin its partnership with PSP. Gifts can be made online through the Foundation’s website by visiting delcofoundation.org. Click on Donate Now at top, then scroll down to Nonprofit Partner Funds where the Pantry Staples Program is listed. Or just click on the button below to go directly to the Donate page for Pantry Staples Project. We sincerely hope that you will continue to support PSP.
If You Are a Regular Contributor to PSP Please Note This Change
Donations may also be made by check and sent to the Foundation for Delaware County at 200 E. State Street, Suite 304, Media PA 19063 with PSP in the memo line. Acknowledgements for all gifts will come from the Foundation. The Foundation, as a 501(c)(3) organization, makes donations tax-deductible.
We are living in a time that offers us great opportunities to learn and grow into the nation that our forebears imagined, in which all people are free to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We at SSCA want to do our part, and so we have prepared a directory of Black-Owned Businesses in Delaware County with an expressed purpose of promoting those businesses so that a thriving community can continue to prosper.
Alice Putnam Willetts, co-founder and long-time president of the Swarthmore Senior Citizens Association, died peacefully on Saturday, June 6, 2020, in her home at the age of 94. Her obituary is published here, along with tributes from her community.
Board members are elected by the membership to three-year terms. Officers are elected by the Board.
Sheila Bell, Secretary
Denice Bohl, Director
Nancy Daniel, President, and Acting Chair of Walks & Trails
Jo Ellis, Director
Shirley Mitrovich, Director
Judie Neale, Director
Mary Payne, Acting Treasurer
Bill Scarborough, Director
Dan Snyder, Acting Vice President
who is not a Board member:
Dotty Lee, Sunshine Chair
Advisors are eminent members of the community who act as mentors to the Board and keepers of the flame.
G. Guy Smith
Our Administrator keeps everything moving and in good order. She schedules speakers, trips, and other programs, and she keeps our communications flowing.
Our Administrator is
Contact Stephanie using the Contact Us link below.
129 Park Avenue, Post Office Box 306, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081, United States
Please note that Swarthmore Senior Citizens Association is a civic organization and our activities are open to all who reside in Swarthmore and the surrounding communities.