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Volunteer Corner

Amy EdgettSierra Sun

Amy Edgett/Sierra SunParitporn (Gin) Kitiyasavatdi

Where are you from originally?Bangkok, Thailand.What brought you to the United States?My husband is from the area.How long have you been with the Family Resource Center?About five months.What got you involved at the Center? My friend takes English as a second language in this building. I saw the Family Resource Center and said, yes, I want to volunteer here. I also volunteer with Tahoe Forest Hospice.What are your duties?I work on the computer, make files and labels, much like an office administrator. I also help with the Mother and Child Class, preparing for the art station. The class also has snacks and a game station.What is your favorite part of volunteering?I have met so many people here, and there are so many different activities; I get to meet people and make friends.Do you have future plans here at the Center?Yes. I will begin teaching a Thai cooking class in January.Has cooking always been an interest for you?I attended the Culinary Arts school in the Rachmonkon Vitayakit Chotiyas University of Bangkok for five years. I learned nutrition as well as traditional Thai cooking. I have cooked for after-church services as a volunteer, as well.What services does the Family Resource Center offer?We have legal self-help materials, child development services, community activities, like the Dia de los Muertos celebration this Friday. We will have Mexican food, music and art from 5 to 7 p.m.How would interested parties contact the Center?Give us a call at 587-2513, or stop by at the Sierra Mountain Community Education Center, 11603 Donner Pass Road.The Sierra Suns Amy Edgett interviewed Paritporn (Gin) Kitiyasavatdi for this weeks Volunteer Corner. Please send your suggestions to aedgett@sierrasun.com, subject Volunteer Corner. For volunteer opportunities in the North Tahoe Truckee area, visit http://www.handsontahoe.com.