This month, we had a chance to catch up with Bryce Allison, who has been a mainstay at our Hollywood Fred Meyer shopping location for more than 6 years, and has supported Store to Door in many other ways as well. Among other things, Bryce made and donated the Store to Door banners above the registers at each store on shopping days!
Q: How did you first get involved with S2D?
A: I hiked the Pacfic Crest Trail in 2013 and after returning home I was looking for a way to give back anonymously for all of the kindness and help that I received from total strangers along my journey from Mexico to Canada. A couple of my friends had previously volunteered with Store to Door, and when I learned more about their mission and vision it really resonated with me because my mom, aunt, and adopted aunts were the primary caregivers for my grandmother who aged in place at our family farm near Silverton.
Q: What do you enjoy most about volunteering with Store to Door?
A: Knowing that I’m helping someone to stay in their home and age with dignity.
A: What keeps you busy when you are not volunteering with Store to Door?
Q: I’m self-employed as an architect but have a very non-traditional practice with non-traditional projects and unusual clients. My very energetic 2 year old chocolate lab puppy Loowit keeps me busy and my arm in shape from throwing the ball or frisbee, over and over. Also, I do my best to maintain favorite uncle status to each of my 6 nephews when I’m not off adventuring, hiking or visiting the national parks.
Q: What might someone be surprised to know about you?
A: My birthday is on Christmas.
Q: You’re going away for the weekend…Mountains, Central Oregon, Coast or other and why?
A: All of the above, I feel lucky to live in such a beautiful state where we have both mountains and the coast. Growing up with a Mom who loves being at the beach and a Dad who loves being in the mountains didn’t hurt. I often enjoy spending the day hiking in the mountains then watching the sunset from the beach or vice-versa.
Q: What is something that your fellow volunteers would be surprised to know about you?
A: That I’m a real live native Oregonian, both sides of my family came out on the Oregon Trail.
Q: Favorite Thanksgiving dish?
A: Cranberry sauce NOT from a can.