Our Volunteer Spotlight this month is Cindy Vicente! Cindy shops with us at Hollywood Fred Meyer, is a member of our LoVE League, and has been volunteering since 2017!
Q: How did you first get involved with Store to Door?
A: I did some volunteering before: PBOT for Sunday Parkways, Peninsula Park Rose Garden, decorated floats for Rose Festival, Christmas projects with Hands on Portland. It was through the latter that I found out about S2D and felt it would be a great project to get involved with when I retired. (While employed I was part of a volunteer non-profit group which provided assistance to employees in need through various fundraisers during the year. Our Christmas baskets was our biggest annual project. We bought food and clothing for the families).
Q: What keeps you busy when you are not volunteering with Store to Door?
A: When I’m not volunteering I try to fit in 3-4 walks during the week. Get outside. It’s great this time of year to see the plants and flowers come to life. I am involved with some walk groups that do 10ks and other walks in different parts of town and beyond. But solo walks are great too. I try to stay socially active with friends.Try to stay mentally active. I enjoy Wordle, Jumble, crosswords. I like to read books on health, etc.
Q: What is something that your fellow volunteers would be surprised to know about you?
A: I grew up on Kauai with 85° most days. I moved to Oregon in 1970 and really enjoy the moderate change of seasons here. I am 70+ and now appreciate cooler days especially for walking. I don’t even mind walking in the Portland rain or during the winter cold.
Q: What would you tell someone who is thinking of volunteering with Store to Door?
A: Being a part of S2D is a way to be involved with a wonderful community project. Knowing you are doing a good deed for others is great food for the soul. (And, for me, getting some extra steps in at the same time!)