Five Questions for the New Member Social Coordinator

Photo courtesy of Erin Sobota

Photo courtesy of Erin Sobota

Erin Sobota is one of the coordinators for PAMP’s monthly new member social. At this event, members can learn about all that PAMP has to offer.

“The new member social is not just for new members,” Erin says. “It’s an orientation for any member who wants to know more about the club and its many benefits.“

The coordinator job involves creating information packets and leading the event, which starts with a presentation and ends with some socializing.

Erin says: “I was a teacher before having my daughter. I enjoyed preparing for lessons and presenting the information. The coordinator job gives me a flashback to my profession and gets me out of my mommy brain. I also get to be away from home for a few hours and kind of get back into teacher mode. It’s a great way to hold on to that professional life without having 34 kids. And there are no report cards!

Erin is also a small event host. About every other month, she coordinates RSVPs and checks in members at PAMP’s Young Family Farm Time at Hidden Villa. Erin says this job takes about 20 minutes before each event to create the waiting list and answer questions via email. She also arrives at the event 10 to 15 minutes early.

“Hosting the event is such an easy way to volunteer,” she says. “It’s an activity I would do with my daughter anyway, and as a host I am guaranteed a spot, which is awesome!”

Erin lives with her husband and daughter, who just turned 2, in Los Altos. She is due to have a baby boy in October. Erin has been a PAMP member for two years.

1. What is the last non-kid movie you saw? Moonrise Kingdom. It is one of the sweetest movies about young love that I’ve seen.

2. Are you a Bay Area native or transplant? A native. I grew up in Los Gatos.

3. What’s at the top of your to-do list? Call back the Tupperware lady. I’m so excited about getting new Tupperware for my flour and sugar. Oh my God, listen to how domestic I’ve become! That was actually really embarrassing to admit.

4. Who is your favorite Sesame Street character? My daughter loves Elmo, so I’m starting to like him, too. From when I was a kid, it’s Cookie Monster. I can relate to him.

5. Why are you a PAMP volunteer? I do it to feel more involved in the community and know more people. I started by hosting Blanket Babies. It was a good introduction. I’ve been doing more little by little. I love helping new people feel comfortable in our group, and it is great getting to know other members that I see regularly at Hidden Villa.

Each month we train the spotlight on someone who works behind the scenes for PAMP. Interested in joining the ranks? Browse our open volunteer positions, and apply today!


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