When it comes to social activities, research has shown that social interaction offers individuals many benefits. Staying socially active can help you maintain good physical and emotional health. People who maintain friendships and find ways to interact socially live longer than those who become isolated.

Voices for Independence offers a wide variety of activities for individuals at both our Erie office and our Washington office. We encourage everyone to join us for a good time and take the opportunity to meet others. All classes and group activities are typically free and open to the public. If there are any exceptions, or if you are required to RSVP, they will be noted on our monthly activities calendars, which are always displayed on our rotating headline feed on the home page, or on social media.

Some of the accessible/adaptive activities provided by Voices for Independence include:

  • Aerobics
  • Bowling (off-site)
  • Boxing Boot Camp
  • Cooking Class
  • Computer Class
  • Craft Class
  • Midday Café (live music and coffee)
  • Movie Day
  • Self Defense Class
  • Several Group Functions

    For a complete listing of all events, see our monthly activity calendar posts for details on dates, times and locations. For more information, you can also contact VFI Activities Director, Tiffany Frey, at (814) 874-0064 or via email at

Voices for Independence is also very proud to have an on-site gym at both office locations (Fitness Center sponsored by PA Health & Wellness in Erie, and the UPMC Health Plan Wellness Center in Washington). Each facility is 100% accessible, equipped with several exercise/weight machines that are adaptable for individuals with disabilities, free weights, a stander, a rowing machine, a paramill (treadmill for manual wheelchair users), and much more. These areas are open to the general public during regular business hours.

To speak with one of our dedicated staff who work with visitors, please call VFI Director of Fitness & Wellness, Brian Petersen in Erie, at (814) 874-0064, or VFI UPMC Health Plan Wellness Center Coordinator, Matt Sabatini in Washington, at (724) 223-5115.