Meet Jennifer Bassett
Nov 25, 2014 05:13PM ● Published by Amber Foster
Top: Nick Snyder, Jennifer Bassett and Kenzie Misso; Bottom: Dane Misso and Chieme Ohanele – Photos by Dante Fontana © Style Media Group
When Bassett moved to El Dorado Hills over 13 years ago, she knew she wanted to make a difference in the lives of others, and soon took on active roles in the Women’s Fund El Dorado and the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce. As well, Basset became active in her church’s outreach programs. As a busy mom of two young boys, she desired to raise her children to become socially minded individuals, thus founding Hands4Hope (hands4hopeyouth.org), a youth-driven organization empowering kids to make a positive impact on their communities.
Projects vary from small-scale “acts of kindness” to food drives and school supply campaigns, with all the projects proposed, planned and executed by the young members. “I wanted our youth to understand that they have the power to make a difference every day,” Bassett explains. This month, Hand4Hope will host a Winter Boutique, in which youth volunteers collect winter coats and other winter supplies to donate to families in need.