Volunteer Barbara Bassett is a true home-town girl. Born and raised in Pasadena, she spent her whole career as a service representative working in the local office of an insurance company.
Barbara was first introduced to the Pasadena Senior Center in the 1980s, when she used to accompany her mom to events here. Despite liking what the Center offered and feeling immediately at home here, she couldn’t join because she wasn’t yet 50 years old! As soon as she hit that landmark birthday, she became a member.
After several years of enjoying the benefits of membership, Barbara became even more involved with the Center by becoming a volunteer. It was 1991, and she was recruited to work the Coffee Bar by longtime-staff member, the late Cynthia Rosedale. Since that time, Barbara expanded her volunteerism to include Social Services, Senior Games, Welcome Desk, Senior Lunch Program and Master’s Series. For many years, it was not unusual for her to clock more than 1,000 volunteer hours a year, making her one of the longest-tenured and most active volunteers in the Center’s history. Her pleasant personality and ability to remember member’s names has earned her many friends over the decades.
When not volunteering at the Center, Barbara is most likely to be found aboard a cruise ship. A seasoned traveler and cruising aficionado, her exciting hobby has taken her to distant lands all around the globe.