A group of police volunteers living in Pattaya’s Arunothai Community have built a community center with their own money for neighborhood activities.
Deciding not to wait for a budget request to be granted, the men kicked in their own money and time to slowly build the center in central Pattaya. Now nearly complete, they’ve added a vegetable garden and given many vegetables to poor residents.
The center is built on about a half-rai of land. It’s a simple single-story structure building with several rooms and a restroom that is still under construction. Behind the building are planted vegetables, including morning glory, lime, chili peppers, papaya and others.
Wanaorn Kaewiset, 49, advisor to the Arunothai Volunteer Club, said he rented the land at 40,000 baht per year and the funds came out of his own pocket. He was planning to use it for other purposes, but then came up with an idea to create a center for volunteers to use as a base and for residents to come and report problems.
In the end, 30 volunteer police, residents and the community leader gathered 70,000 baht to start construction. They are nearly finished with the facilities, but missing a few things inside.
They are asking for donation of kitchen appliances and air conditioners.