On September 18th, Students at Mountainside High School in Beaverton teamed up to make greeting cards for Store to Door clients! With 133 students involved, they presented us GIANT envelope of cards—we know our clients will appreciate their hard work.
Genentech sponsored a week of grocery delivery costs for 233 homebound seniors and adults with disabilities during the week of August 19th through Store to Door’s Support-A-Week program. Employees of Genentech celebrated the week by volunteering to grocery shop for Store to Door clients, along with 50-60 other Portland-area volunteers.
Genentech believes that their employees’ skills, creativity and generosity can impact the communities in which they work and live. In turn, volunteerism increases pride in what they do, helps them grow and connects everyone to one another.
Store to Door’s Support-A-Week program offers corporations and organizations the opportunity to sponsor the cost of an entire week of grocery delivery to clients. The actual service cost per delivery averages $40, however clients are charged an average of just $3-$6 per delivery.
Genentech firstsponsored a week of grocery deliveries in 2015, and has continued their support through 2016, 2017 and 2018. Other companies who have sponsored a day or week of grocery deliveries in 2019 include First Tech Federal Credit Union, AWS Elemental, Wells Fargo, and Advantis Credit Union. Store to Door’s program is made possible by a close partnership with Fred Meyer.
We chatted with Dileep Dhruva this month, who has been volunteering to take orders on Tuesdays for nearly six months! Dileep is a key part of our Tuesday order taking operation.
Q: How long have you volunteered with Store to Door and what role do you help us with?
A: I have volunteered at Store to Door for almost six months. I am a volunteer order taker at Store to Door.
Q: What do you enjoy about your volunteer experiences?
A: What I enjoy about my volunteer experiences is helping clients and developing a rapport with clients and staff. I also enjoy having more activity in my schedule.
Q. Where is the most interesting place you’ve traveled to and why did you love it?
A: The most interesting place I have traveled to is Mexico. On December the 31, 2007 while visiting Cabo San Lucas I was deep sea fishing on a charter boat and caught a nine foot blue marlin that weighed one hundred and fifty pounds. After that experience, I have traveled back to Mexico many times and have enjoyed barbecues and campfires on the beach and explored the Baja peninsula while riding an ATV.
Q. Who do you admire most in your life?
A: I admire my father because he grew up in challenging conditions in India. He moved to England and studied medicine and then moved to the United States and practiced neurosurgery successfully.
Q. What does your perfect meal look like?
A: My perfect meal is a two inch thick ribeye barbecued over a charcoal grill in my backyard. I like it cooked to medium rare. On the side I enjoy homemade guacamole from my brother’s house. I also enjoy D’s potatoes (potatoes cooked in a foil packet with butter, bacon, and salsa) over my Weber charcoal grill.
On Wednesday, July 24th, AWS Elemental sponsored a day of grocery deliveries through Store to Door’s Support-A program! A team of Elemental employees volunteer to grocery shop at our Hollywood Fred Meyer location as well to mark the occasion.
AWS Elemental has been one of Store to Door’s most consistent supporters, and has also been a Store to Door WE Shop partner since 2015!\
A diligent group of Boy Scouts from Troop 927, based out of Bethany, teamed up to scrub tubs for Store to Door, and did a wonderful job of it!
Do you know someone who might be interested in taking on a tub cleaning project like this? All of the tubs from our Hollywood Fred Meyer location could use some love! Contact our Volunteer Coordinator for more information!
This month, we got to chat with Kelsey Mousley! Kelsey has been volunteering with us for nearly a year, and has been an indispensable help delivering groceries and food boxes to Store to Door clients!
Q: How long have you volunteered with Store to Door and what roles do you help us with?
A: I have volunteered for Store to Door for about eight months, and I help put together food boxes from the Sunshine Division food bank, and make deliveries.
Q: What do you enjoy about your volunteer experiences?
A: I enjoy volunteering with our elderly community through Store to Door because I can see how appreciative the clients are with each delivery. This is a very needed service, and sometimes just a quick visit can spark some joy and feelings of safety and care for our clients. I really enjoy talking with them as well. I think it is very important to bridge the gap between younger generations and seniors, they are very much a part of our community in the Portland area!
Q: If you could only eat three foods for the rest of your life, what would they be and why?
A: Anything with chocolate. I also love tacos or anything grown from a local garden!
Q: What has been your favorite vacation or travel experience?
A: My favorite travel experiences have been to Europe to visit family in England; as a child I was lucky also to experience France, Scotland and Wales. In the past few years, I have really enjoyed visiting other states in the U.S Like Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Q: When you’re having a bad day, what do you do to make yourself feel better?
A: When I have a bad day, I try to make some time to reach out to the people that I love. I can also be somewhat of an introvert, so I often like to go for a run, or pick up my guitar and play some music when I’m feeling down.
This month, we talked to Karen Mitchell, who has been volunteering with us since 2016, and has been an integral member of our Event Committee for the past three years!
Q: How long have you volunteered with Store to Door?
A: I’ve been a member of the Nourish to Flourish Event Committee for 3 years and really enjoy it. Part of my job at U.S. Bank was planning client entertainment events. After I retired, I really missed it and I’m grateful this has helped fill that void.
Q: You are currently volunteering on the Nourish to Flourish Event Committee – what do you enjoy about this position?
A: Most of all, working with such wonderful, fun people. Also, as part of the U.S. Bank division that awarded grants and funding, it’s interesting to be on the other side and request donations. It’s taken me completely out of my comfort zone and I’ve learned a lot.
Q. What is the most exciting thing on your horizon in the next few months?
Summer is car show season. My husband and I own a 1955 VW Oval Bug and a 1964 Karmann Ghia and attend all the shows we can. Good friends, warm sunshine, and lots of beautiful cars to look at – what could be better!!!
Q. If you had one extra hour of free time during the day, how would you use it?
Any free time that I have, my nose will be in a book, cat at my side. If I also have a latte and my husband is nearby, I’m in heaven.
Q. If you could instantly become an expert in one thing, what would it be and why?
I would love to play the piano as beautifully as my mother. She could read music, but also could play by ear. Hum a tune or mention a song and she could play it. I miss hearing her play. And she was right, I should have practiced more!
This Month, we got to chat with Susan Rodgers, who has been volunteering with us since 2015. Susan helps in a number of ways, but you can find her regularly in her belt loading role at Hollywood Fred Meyer.
Q: How long have you volunteered with Store to Door? What have you been helping us with?
A: I started volunteering in November of 2014. I did one grocery list and decided it was really stressful for me to try and get exactly what the client was requesting – we have so many choices here in America! Luckily Cindy gave me the option of unloading the carts onto the belt and I fell in love. I get to puzzle out the best way of placing the products to be checked and make sure I am making it easy for the cashiers. I am able to avoid the worst of rush hour by coming a little later and staying a little longer. And the people I work with are the best! I so enjoy the Store to Door staff and volunteers, and have gotten to know a number of the Fred Meyers checkers, learning about their lives as we work together. It really is all about me, but I am happy that a by-product of my pleasure results in benefits for Store to Door clients as well.
Q: What is your favorite part about your volunteer role?
A: Far and away the social interaction I gain when I am there. I would probably easily become a recluse, but for my time at Store to Door.
Q: You have to pick only one iconic Portland donut/doughnut to eat (Voodoo, Blue Star, Pip’s, etc), which do you pick and why?
A: I don’t generally eat donuts, so I am going to fudge a little on this question and choose the Fred Meyers donuts that are put out for the volunteers of Store to Door – sometimes I indulge in those. Although I realize they are probably not iconic. . .
Q: The weather is getting nicer out, what are you looking forward to doing?
A: I am an avid dragon boat paddler and paddling in the nice weather is so rewarding. It is wonderful to be out on the river, exercising with my tribe, and viewing the fabulous Portland skyline from the water. I’m so lucky to be a part of this sport and especially of my team.
Q: If you were getting onto a plane right now for a vacation destination, where would you be flying?
A: I would love to fly Ecuador to visit the Galapagos Islands – that would be my dream vacation! But this year I am settling for a trip to Las Vegas to participate in a dragon boat race, a trip to Maui with my sister and two nieces (sisters’ trip), a trip to Chicago/Upper Michigan to visit my best friend from grade school, a trip to Nanaimo, BC, for another dragon boat race, and a trip to the San Juan Islands (girls’ trip with). I am more than blessed!
At 16 months old, Amara is possibly our youngest volunteer ever! Amara and her dad Luke have been delivering with Store to Door since January, and they are a popular fixture each week when they pick their orders from Hollywood Fred Meyer!