About Us

Founded on volunteer principles

Barre Area Senior Center (BASC) formed in the 1960s with a small group of volunteers who were looking to socialize and offer opportunities for local seniors.  BASC was housed in the historic Wheelock Building until 2014 when it moved to 131 So. Main St., the E.F. Wall Complex.  Thanks to the generosity of the Ronald York Estate, BASC was able to hire a director in 2011 and helped to fund the move to a larger and more user-friendly space.

Barre Area Senior Center’s mission is “The Barre Area Senior Center provides access to programs and resources that help older adults live independently and remain active.” The programming continues to increase and number of participants is also growing with the mission as our moving force.  Baby Boomers aging will, in part, determine the continued growth rate.  The Senior Center will continue to play a vital role in supporting our aging community members.

We are not just a center…we are a community!

Many offerings

The Barre Area Senior Center currently serves over 350 members, most of whom reside in Barre City and Barre Town, as well as seniors from various central Vermont towns, including Berlin, Montpelier, Plainfield, Orange, Washington, Williamstown and East Calais. BASC relies on donations, fundraisers, voter-approved funding, and endowment gifts. BASC is an independent 501c3 charitable nonprofit, and as such, it faces financial challenges on a regular basis.

The age to participate at the senior center is 50, and a requested annual donation of only $25 provides benefit to members with broad programming.

We hope you will visit us and take advantage of all the low-and no-cost program we are able to offer you, your friends and family.


Mary Rose Dougherty, Director

Jackie Isabelle, Exercise Instructor

Robert Pierce, BASC Intern

Sandy Safford, Receptionist

Board of Directors

President – Dorothy Neve

Vice President – Stephen Finner

Treasurer – Robert Brault

John Poeton

Shirley Raboin

*We are accepting new board members at this time! Give us a call at 479-9512