Charming, friendly, and always smiling, Mayumi Morishita is a familiar face at the Senior Center, helping out in the Library, with the Thursday book sales, and on Food Distribution days. For Mayumi, volunteering is not just a hobby, it is a passion.
Born in Japan, Mayumi was adopted at age 2, and moved to America with her new parents, settling in Monterey Park. She went to school in Alhambra, and on to college at USC where she graduated with a degree in business.
After graduation, Mayumi worked in new product development, and also as a court appointed advocate for children. When she married and had children, she chose to be a stay-at-home mom to raise her two girls. Rather than working one job, she volunteered for many, donating her time to schools, Girl Scouts, church, and nonprofits like Villa Esperanza.
Living with her husband and children in Altadena, Mayumi frequented Old Pasadena, and became curious about the Senior Center and looked into volunteering here.
After a brief time as an assistant Zumba teacher, she began helping in the Library and with the Thursday books sales. When PSC volunteer Leonore was out on sick leave recently, Mayumi took over Leonore’s responsibilities as lead supervisor of the Library and the Thursday book sales.
In addition to her busy volunteer schedule, Mayumi finds time to pursue her other hobbies, including snorkeling, traveling to Hawaii, and hiking.