Making a Difference Outside the Classroom: Camila Ruiz

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Aug 23, 2013 No Comments ›› Melissa Graham

As a volunteer-run non-profit, our volunteers are the lifeblood of our work. They make things happen for Chicago children’s food and cooking education, every day. From leading Delicious Nutritious Adventures in Chicago Public Schools to fundraising for these programs – and everything in between! Check out what Camila Ruiz, our English-Spanish translator, is doing to inspire Chicago children to cook and eat healthy:

1) How would you describe your role within Purple Asparagus?

For me it was a very enriching experience. As a nutritionist I understand the importance of teaching nutrition to children and their families. I do translations of Purple Asparagus hand outs from English to Spanish. Through my work, we can reach everyone in the family, even non-English speakers. As a mother of two young children, I find it difficult to be away from home, so this volunteer work has given me the opportunity to contribute from a distance.

2) How did you first find out about Purple Asparagus? Why did you decide to volunteer with us?

I actually find out about Purple Asparagus at my husbands university. Many organizations were looking for volunteers and I immediately fell in love with PA and decided to volunteer.

3) What are some of your favorite things about Purple Asparagus?

What I like about PA is that they are realistic. When teaching about food, they care to deliver a focused message. They don’t talk about the millions of benefits that cruciferous have or all the different nutrients in them and what each of them does, but they choose which children may be of interest in and then prepare simple, affordable and delicious recipes, making the learning experience significant!

4) What are some hobbies or other work you’re doing that you’d like to share?

I’m actually training for the Chicago Marathon!


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