The mission of the PAANC is to preserve cultural heritage, foster education and social exchange, and provide humanitarian assistance and services in the wake of natural or economic disasters regardless of geographical location, but especially in North Carolina and the Philippines.
PAANC aims to implement cultural, social, health, and educational support and initiatives to improve the resilience and general quality of life of vulnerable and underserved communities in North Carolina and in the Philippines. It also strives to meet the growing and ever-changing needs of its members and of those in dire need of assistance.
Board Member Spotlight: Kayla Aves
With the pandemic affecting our social events, we thought you might enjoy getting to know your PAANC board members. Our hope is to spotlight a different board member each month. Enjoy this first installment with Kayla Aves, who looks after social media and is the youth/student liaison chairperson. Maybe you’ll be inspired by Kayla’s story and want to volunteer with PAANC. If so, please contact email@example.com.
Q: What originally sparked your interest to volunteer with PAANC?
Kayla: I served on the board of the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill Filipino student organization in college and had partnered with PAANC for an event. After graduating, I knew I wanted to continue supporting the Filipino community.
Q: How long have you been a PAANC volunteer?
Kayla: I have been volunteering with PAANC for two years.
Q: Where were you born and where did you grow up?
Kayla: I was born and raised in Cary, NC.
Q: How did you end up living in North Carolina?
Kayla: My family moved to NC right before I was born.
Q: What is your education/work background?
Kayla: I was an advertising major at UNC with a double minor in public policy and entrepreneurship, and I currently work in digital marketing.
Q: What do you do in your spare time (hobbies, passions, etc.)?
Kayla: I love listening to music, traveling, and playing with my dog, Rigsby.
Q: What is your favorite board or card game and why?
Kayla: Yahtzee is very big in my family. Growing up, we used to play it with my grandparents whenever we went to their house.
Q: When travel is safe again, where will you go first?
Kayla: I prefer beaches and warmer weather, so I will probably go to Florida.
Q: How have you grown as a result of COVID?
Kayla: I’m someone who likes to always stay busy, so I have learned how to slow down and enjoy the little things, like long walks in nature and spending time with my parents.
Q: What advice would you give to young people regarding the importance of volunteering?
Kayla: Being a part of an organization like PAANC has really been fulfilling for me. We are inundated with news of tragedy and poverty, but there is no feeling like actually working to help improve people’s lives, be it through scholarship, disaster relief, or even just creating a welcoming community.
Congrats to Our 2020 PAANC North Carolina Scholarship Recipients!
Alianna is a cum laude graduate of Millbrook High School. She was vice president and president of the Venture Crew, a member of the National Honor Society, and she received the Presidential Service Award. Alianna was a member of the PAANC dance group for 12 years and also volunteered in the soup kitchen. She is a freshman at East Carolina University and intends to major in biology.
Alexis is a magna cum laude graduate of Rolesville High School. She was an N.C. Academic Scholar, captain of the Women’s Varsity Soccer team, class of 2020 treasurer for three years, president of the Asian Student Association, and an officer of the Health Occupation Students of America club. Alexis was a member of the PAANC dance group for 12 years, a Wake Med Hospital volunteer, and also participated in Habitat for Humanity. She is a freshman at Clemson University and intends to major in biology.