Serving Our Community
Beautiful Pasadena is very much its own city. Part of the larger Los Angeles metropolitan area, and home to 145,000 residents, Pasadena plays host to the Rose Bowl and Rose Parade every New Year’s Day. Its diverse population includes large groups of African American and Latino residents, and a quickly growing Asian population. Thirty-three percent of residents were born outside the US, and 45% speak a language other than English at home.
Pasadena is also a city full of dichotomies. There is vast wealth and chronic poverty. Exclusive private schools exist alongside under-resourced public schools. The northwest sector of Pasadena is particularly troubled, with entrenched poverty and gangs.
According GuideStar, Pasadena has almost 1700 nonprofit organizations which address the many and varied needs of community members, from the aging population, children and youth (including the underserved and at-risk), the homeless, and the unemployed. Nonprofits also support health care needs, the arts and culture, and the environment.