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Papa Murphy’s hosts PiELL fundraiser

Dianne Miessler
Submitted to The Union

By all accounts, Charn Kang is a good guy.

“A good, tough guy,” according to Shannon Harris, shift leader at the Papa Murphy’s.

On Tuesday, Kang will once again be donating to a local cause – this time to Partners in English Language Learning (PiELL), a local nonprofit that trains volunteer tutors and connects them with people working to learn English.

Kang moved to the U.S. in 1984 at 11 years old.

“I didn’t speak a word of English,” he said

Yet he went on to become an electrical engineer with a successful career spanning 13 years. The work involved a great deal of travel, however. About six years ago, Kang tired of the travel and began to crave a more settled life. It was then that he opened Papa Murphy’s in the Fowler Center.

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“It was tough the first year,” said Kang. “But with hard work, the business grew and thrived.”

For the past few years, Kang has been one of the most generous contributors to local causes.

“My business survives because of local people, and I want to give back,” he said.

For Kang, “giving back” involves frequent fundraisers for local individuals and organizations that need help. He has raised money for cancer patients, schools and local charities. When not all parents can afford to send their kids on field trips, Kang has raised money “so everyone can go.”

On Tuesday, Kang will be donating 20 percent of the entire day’s proceeds to Partners in English Language Learning. Through PiELL’s efforts, learners improve their mastery of English, a famously complicated language, and become more integrated into local culture. They often form lasting bonds with their tutors in the process, one of the most gratifying aspects of tutoring.

Kang is one success story – someone who arrived without English skills and is now in a position to offer help to others. His giving back has touched many local lives.

If you, too, feel the urge to give back, here’s how:

First, buy pizza any time on Tuesday rom the Papa Murphy’s near B&C. Take it home for dinner.

Buy it for everyone at work. Just by eating pizza, you can elicit love from friends and family, benefit PiELL and support a local good-guy businessman.

Second, volunteer as a tutor for PiELL. The next training session will be Sept. 15 and 22, at the new office near Hennessy School. Call (530) 274-8428 for information.

And don’t forget the pizza!

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