Where is the center located and when are you open?
The Center is located at 91 Doubling Gap Road, Suite 1, Newville PA, 17241, in the Mountain View Senior Apartment building. We are open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Who is eligible to participate in center activities?
Anyone 60 or older may participate in center activity without cost, except where fees are specifically noted. We do have an optional supporting membership annual fee of $25.00 (age 50 and older), which provides support for the ongoing operation of the center. Our supporting members are entitled to our bi-monthly newsletter and reduced fees on certain programs and exercise classes. Those interested in supporting membership may sign up any day during operating hours.
I don't want to or can't drive, so how can I get to your center?
If you are unable to drive or do not wish to; free bus transportation is available to and from the center through the rabbittransit. You may call their office at 1-800-632-9063.
Do you serve meals?
A nutritious lunchtime meal is served Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. If you are age 60 or older, there is no charge for the meal, although donations are accepted. Those under 60 years may still eat, however they must pay for the lunch ($5). The lunches are provided through the Cumberland County Office of Aging. Reservations for lunch should be made at least two (2) business days in advance in person or by calling 776-4478.
What kind of activities and services do you offer beyond the lunches?
We offer a whole host of other fun and helpful activities.
Games like... bingo, Wii, group board games, puzzles etc.
We also offer the following services.
AARP driver safety course
Commodity Supplemental Food Program
PACE and PACE net Applications
Property Tax/Rent Rebate Forms
Farmer's Market Nutrition Program
Tax preparation by AARP
Do you ever need help at the center?
Volunteers are vital to the success of our center, without them we couldn't survive. Please contact Cathy at 717-776-4478 to discuss ways you could help.
Can I help the center financially?
The Big Spring Senior Center is a community based, not-for-profit business and we depend on the generosity of our sponsoring townships and local businesses and individual donations to allow us to continue to serve our local seniors. You can also help by participating in our fundraising programs throughout the year.
How is the center managed?
We are sponsored by the Big Spring Senior Center Council. This council was formed in 2011 and is made up of members from North Newton Township, Newville Borough, Lower Mifflin Township and West Pennsboro Township. It reviews all programs and services, assists in setting policies and goals, as well as ensuring we offer quality services.
We also have the Big Spring Senior Center Advisory Board that helps the center carry out the directives of the council. The Board is the liaison body between the Big Spring Senior Center and the communities served.
Incelement Weather Policy
If weather is bad, please listen to a major television or radio station. Our closure will be noted either under "Cumberland County" listing or in a category called "Seniors", which is frequently at the end, after York County. The message will state that the Cumberland County Senior Centers are closed. otherwise, we will maintain a normal schedule. if there is no announcement, but you choose not to come, please call the Center to cancel your lunch.