Volunteer Corner: Kathryn Dunning
How are you involved with the NTBA? I volunteer at the farmers market during the summer at their information table. But I’m also the chair on the organization committee for the Main Street program. I got involved because of the workshop they did two and half years ago about how the Main Street program could help revitalize Kings Beach. The workshop impressed on me how important it is for a total community to be healthy in all aspects. In order for the business community to be healthy, the rest of the community has to be healthy. I felt it was important for people who weren’t business owners to be part of the Main Street program. The organization committee seemed like the best fit, in networking, getting information out, recruiting volunteers ” telling the story of what the Main Street program is all about. As my schedule allows, I volunteer when they need volunteers. During that time at the farmers market, we talk about blue-bag recycling, the local surveys, or Passport to Dining, which is Thursday the 28th.
What else are you involved with? Professionally, I’m the pastor of the Kings Beach United Methodist Church. I’m also on the board for the North Tahoe Family Resource Center. I’m a pastoral care volunteer with the Tahoe Forest Hospital. Actually, I’m a Placer County native ” I was born in Auburn. I live in Colfax part-time with my husband, Rob, a corporate accountant.
What do you like to do for fun? Hike, kayak and snowshoe. And a little skiing. I hike right into the woods in Kings Beach because it’s so easy. [I like] to go down in the Desolation Wilderness, like everybody else, with all the lakes.
Why do you choose to spend your time volunteering? Some volunteer work in the community is an extension of being a pastor of the United Methodist Church. We focus on social action and justice. Being part of the community beyond the congregation is vital. At the church, we’ve just begun a Tuesday night dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. It’s open to all and there’s no charge. On Saturday the 30th we’re taking a team to work on a Habitat for Humanity building in Reno. It was inspired by a conversation I had with someone when I was working at the booth at the farmers market. I’m a third-career pastor ” I raised my children, was a schoolteacher and now I’m a pastor. I started here part-time five years ago. The first three years I was part-time while I was in graduate school. Now I’ve been full-time a little over two years. One of the most exciting things that’s happened is that a small Spanish-speaking congregation joined us. For the past two years I’ve been studying Spanish because I think it’s a basic hospitality skill in working with the Spanish-speaking population.
What else would you like to say? I love this unique community and the diversity that’s here. I think it’ll be a real challenge to hang on to that diversity because of the affordable housing issues. I think it’s a challenge we need to work on … I’m always interested in ways to bridge those differences ” economic, cultural, language.
The Sun’s Joanna Hartman interviewed Kathryn Dunning for “Volunteer Corner.” Please send your suggestions for “Volunteer Corner” to firstname.lastname@example.org, subject Volunteer Corner. For more information on volunteer opportunities in the North Shore and Truckee communities, visit http://www.handsontahoe.org.
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