The Wilkins School Community Center (WSCC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization formed in 1979 when neighbors requested the use of the former Wilkins School building as a community center. The building’s use as a school ended with the merger of several local districts into what is now the Woodland Hills School District. Currently, WSCC leases the iconic 1927 schoolhouse building from the Swissvale Borough. WSCC is responsible for all operational costs of the center, maintenance of the building and grounds, events, and programming. The center is run by an all-volunteer board of directors and two part-time, paid staff members.
Today, WSCC provides meeting space for local community, social service, and culture organizations: Regent Square Civic Association, Run Around the Square, Swissvale Tree Committee, Osher Life Long Learning classes, CCAC Exceptional Adult Socials, Organization of Chinese Americans, and several weekly AA meetings. In addition, WSCC offers free educational and personal improvement lectures and workshops. The independently run center offers a wide array of classes that are open to the public, including health and wellness programs (yoga, Pilates, tai chi), early childhood development programs, language classes including American Sign Language, visual and theater arts for all ages, diverse dance classes (ballet, tap, jazz, salsa, tango, waltz, urban ballroom, Chicago Steppin’), and music lessons.
WSCC also offers community rentals for private events at a reasonable cost. WSCC hosts many community events including an annual plant, herb, and used book sale, international potluck community dinners, Colombian harpists’ concerts, art exhibits in the WSCC gallery, and Regent Square 2nd Saturdays in partnership with the Regent Square Civic Association. In addition, WSCC serves as an incubator by renting space to small businesses. Located in the Regent Square neighborhood of Swissvale, with access to major roads and bus lines, WSCC welcomes all residents and visitors to Swissvale, Edgewood, Wilkinsburg, Pittsburgh, Rankin, Braddock, Forest Hills, Penn Hills, Monroeville, and beyond. WSCC brings people of a variety of communities and cultural backgrounds together to enrich the quality of life in the East End of Pittsburgh. WSCC is a unique and welcoming place for all to meet, play, learn and grow.