Meet PORCH Interpreter Lucky Reumann
Lucky Reumann, her husband Ricky, and their three kids (Ine, Kito, and Fran) moved to Chapel Hill from Argentina eight years ago. Ricky and his partners own an empanadas restaurant. Lucky helps out when they need extra assistance. She grew up on a farm in La Pampa, a province in the middle of Argentina, and worked at a travel agency before moving to America.
Lucky is part of our incredible group of interpreters who help us communicate effectively and respectfully with all of our program participants.
Read on to learn more about Lucky!
How did you hear about PORCH, and how long have you been involved?
When I moved to Chapel Hill, I didn’t understand the school system, so a friend recommended that I get involved at the schools. I started volunteering, and I met [PORCH Chapel Hill-Carrboro board president] Laura Malinchock, and she told me about PORCH. I always donate food to PORCH, and now I’m so happy to be part of the organization as a Spanish interpreter.
Describe your role with PORCH.
I have been helping with translations and been in contact with the new families that apply for the program. I call them and explain how the program works. Also, I help on Monday’s food distribution at registration.
What is your favorite part of working with PORCH?
Being in contact with the families and helping them. Every time I hear a “thank you,” I feel so happy and full.
What would you say to someone thinking about getting involved with PORCH?
Please come and help us; you will be so happy. You will give a little and receive a lot.
Why do you think PORCH’s mission is so critical?
Good nutrition is key in the growth of children so that they can learn and develop correctly. I think it is super important that PORCH … helps families with school-age children to achieve this goal.
Connecting with individuals in their native languages is so important – this is a core PORCH belief. Can you speak to the importance of that?
Sometimes, it is hard for people to find help; they don’t know where to go and ask for food or whatever they need. Imagine if you also have the problem of the language. Families are so happy and feel so welcome and thankful when they can speak in their language with PORCH volunteers. They feel included, as part of the community. They love to come and speak and share some information or news in their language.