Hello, my name is Kham Vargas and I am a Assistant Vice President and branch manager for East West Bank. Born in Laos, my family and I came to the United States in 1981 as refugees. I met my husband of 29 years here and we have 3 wonderful children.

I believe in volunteering and being a part of non-profit organizations because this has always been a passion of mine to give back to the community and make a difference in people’s lives.

Volunteering has the power to change lives by unleashing a side of you that you might not have otherwise known. My passion for volunteering has helped shape who I am. No longer do I have to question my purpose. Serving others to the greatest of my abilities is a privilege that I am grateful to have. Knowing that I can make a difference in someone else’s life, is the greatest feeling ever.

I am an active member of the Women’s Resource Center of Greater Houston. It was there that I was honored to teach inmates financial literacy classes at the Harris County Women’s Detention Center and Carl Vance Prison as a part of the Re-entry Program. I also on the Board with Sister Cities Of Houston for last 5 years.

I enthusiastically volunteer at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo annually, which raises money for student scholarships. I also volunteer helping families at the Ronald McDonald House at the Texas Children’s Hospital.

To translate this into my future, it is about continuing the things that I enjoy and maintaining my values. It is about bringing out my best and encouraging others to live out their lives in a similar fashion.

Volunteering makes me confident knowing that I can make a difference in the world, and I think it can have a very similar effect on others. I believe that everyone has the opportunity to go out and do something good for someone daily, it becomes a chain effect. You’ll feel good about yourself, others around will follow!