2016: Virginia Commonwealth Council on Aging Best Practices Honorable Mention Award 2016 for the Burke/West Springfield Senior Center Without Walls (BWSSCWoW) “Seniors Giving Back to Community: International Folk Dancing and Local History Seminars.” More photos on Facebook – Join Coalition4SpringfieldCenterSouthRunPark! https://www.facebook.com/Community4SpringfieldCenterSouthRunPark/
The Commitment Award recognizes communities that are planning for and beginning to integrate smart growth and active aging. The Burke-West Springfield Center Without Walls is a network of organizations and community volunteers who lead and implement activities for seniors in these specific communities. The entire process is resident-driven, increasing community buy-in and ensuring that the public remains engaged in further development decisions and processes.
SCWOW also takes a smart growth approach to delivering programs. The program utilizes existing non-governmental facilities (places of worship, community rooms, local businesses, etc.) to operate programs. These organizations have donated their space for free. Members of the program lead classes, publicize events, manage the website, serve volunteer building directors, and assist with registration.
The program has served over 300 older adults since 2009. Over 30 volunteers and over 20 different organizations support SCWOW. Because of these citizens’ efforts, combined with those of the numerous partners, the Center is a true example of a community-based project.
For more information, please call 703-324-5650, TTY 711.
BWSSCWoW Outstanding Seniors Recognized at Annual Luncheon of Fairfax County Senior Citizens’ Council: 2011 – Pacita Aguas; 2012- Larry and Mary Mark; 2013 – Bob DeVito; 2014 – Sam and Shirley DiBartolo; 2015 – Eppie Dela Cuesta and Corazon Sandoval Foley; 2016 – Elaine Nixon;
How to Get Involved
Join the Coalition for the FY2020 Bond Referendum for the Springfield Community Center in South Run Park and LIKE Facebook webpage: www.facebook.com/
If you have an idea for a program, can volunteer or provide for activities, have a business or facility that would like to participate, or would be interested in supporting the Center Without Walls, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703-250-9181.