This Month, we had a chance to interview Barbara Jones, who has given more than 374 hours with Store to Door since joining as a Volunteer Order Taker and Friendly Caller in April 2020!
Q: You volunteer as a Friendly Caller and Order Taker. What do you enjoy the most about each program?
A: I especially enjoy the little extra conversations I have with my clients when taking their grocery order. Being a Friendly Caller, I noticed our clients really enjoy the extra check-in and are always so happy to have received their groceries. I have been able to offer contact information for community resources (food box request) to a few and they really appreciate that.
Q: Do you have a fun story to share about your volunteer experience with us?
A: I had the opportunity to ‘shop’ for our customers last fall and I really enjoyed that part of the process. I have learned a lot from conversations with S2D customers….political views, memories shared, there is always a story to listen to!
Q: What makes this volunteer experience a meaningful use of your time?
A: I look forward to my weekly interaction with a wide variety of S2D customers
Q: Besides S2D, what other organizations do you volunteer with?
A: I am active in my church’s women’s group. I especially enjoy the quilters group. We finish-off quilt toppers and once a year send them to countries in need. I am a member of my local P.E.O. Chapter. We assist women with their educational goals through grants.
Q: What’s a fun fact about you?
A: I’ve been playing bridge for over 50 years. I retired from Sears after 31, starting part-time in the shoe dept., and retiring in Human Resources. I’m known for saying ‘what’s next’?
Q: What would you tell someone who is thinking of volunteering with Store to Door?
A: It’s a rewarding opportunity and very enjoyable. You will receive great help from the S2D staff. It’s a program I wish we had in Central Oregon for our seniors.