People – Passion – Professionalism: Staff experiences during the pandemic
Pai Lautaimi, Pantry Assistant, Food & Nutrition Center
What do you like best about your job?
I love getting to work alongside the Food & Nutrition Center volunteers who come in super excited to serve the community. Words can’t explain how happy it makes me to see the dedicated volunteers — we really can’t thank them enough. I make it my job to always make everyone feel welcomed and appreciated no matter how big or small their task.
What keeps you going at work during times of great uncertainty … like COVID-19?
“CSA Cares” is something that was embedded in me working here especially during the pandemic. So much so that it became one of the main reasons I wake up to come into work. The community needs an organization that not only gives back, but also that genuinely cares and CSA is exactly that!
What do you like best about CSA?
CSA is amazing! From the staff and the volunteers to the clients who welcome us with open hearts. My experience working here means so much to me and I am grateful for this opportunity to make even the smallest amount of difference.
I started volunteering at CSA to give back to the community after retiring in 2018. I thought about stopping after re-entering the workforce in January of 2021, but everything Pai says rings true. It is a great place with a great mission. Pai is a big part of that. His magnetic personality helps contribute to the overall feel of volunteering. He, and others on the staff as well, always express their gratitude for any amount of time I can offer. Therefore, I will continue to support CSA the best I can.
Pai makes all the volunteers feel very appreciated. He greets us by name and is very positive with whatever is going on that day.
He and Yvette work so hard every day and I’m amazed that they keep up the energy day in and day out.
I’m happy that my friend posse has all been welcomed here and volunteer weekly together.
Pai is always high energy and super positive! He is so welcoming and puts everyone at ease. I’m new to CSA and I’m happy to have found such a wonderful giving organization. The staff are non-stop, hard working professionals, and they use volunteers very effectively. Pai and all the other staff and volunteers have made me feel part of the team!