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Name: Michelle Gutierrrez.
Family: Husband, Ben; four sons, Roman, Nathan, Ethan, Elias.
Residence: Yuba City.
Occupation: Human resources analyst with Yuba County.
How long have you lived in the Yuba-Sutter area? For 22 years, moving here from San Diego.
Hobbies, interests: I love cooking, gardening and crafts.
For what group do you volunteer? Xi Sigma Omicron Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, for the fourth year. I have been the treasurer for three years and help with Founders Day and setting up and hosting dinners.
I first got involved through my neighbor, who has been a member for more than 25 years, and attending bunco events. I started reading about it and loved what they stand for — life, learning and friendships — and what we can do to give back to the community through fundraising and auctions.
I also love how the members have been in the group for so long. It brings along a legacy so daughters and granddaughters may be involved, and husbands and sons may also help.
My favorite project is the annual crafts auction held in November. The whole group works the whole year toward the event. Proceeds go toward several local groups including Special Olympics, Hands of Hope, Blue Star Moms and the Christmas program at Beale Air Force Base.
I have always helped at my children's schools including with graduation committees and dances. As the kids joined sports teams and school, I've always felt I wanted to be part of bringing them up and mentoring them, as well as being a parent.
My husband is involved in coaching baseball and soccer, and I have been working behind the scenes.
How do you fit volunteering into your schedule? You make it all work. You coordinate your time, keep the family apprised as to what is going on. They appreciate that because they are busy too. I am looking forward to retiring in a year and beginning a new season — that will involve more volunteering activities.
Words of advice: Find something that you're passionate about and talk to friends, co-workers and neighbors and start calling places. There's always a need.
Why be a volunteer? For me, volunteering is planting seeds as you go along in life. You reap the benefits on seeing how it impacts others such as my children and how they are now helping other teens and groups where they are in their lives. I look at life as that every single day that contributes to volunteering, helping your neighbor or someone who is sick, that makes a difference.
Quote: "Everything you do that makes a difference in someone's life is part of volunteering."
Volunteer of the Week runs Tuesdays. To submit the name of a volunteer to be featured, contact Community Editor Leticia Gutierrez at 749-6552.