This month, we had the chance to catch up with Store to Door Volunteer Dana Taylor! Since connecting with our program in April of 2021, Dana has stepped up to support our homebound clients in multiple roles, including volunteer shopping at both stores as well as calling clients as a volunteer order taker.
Q: How did you first get involved with Store to Door?
A: In the spring of 2021, I was looking for a new opportunity to support the community and safely connect with new people. Food and nourishment are two of my greatest passions and I love to grocery shop, so Store to Door’s mission and vision seemed like a great fit.
Q: What keeps you busy when you are not volunteering with Store to Door?
A: I am currently a nutrition student at the University of Alabama (via distance learning), studying to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. My interests include community nutrition, culinary nutrition, food as medicine, and overall well-being. Outside of my studies, I enjoy spending time in the kitchen fitting as many vegetables as possible in my favorite comfort foods, baking, reading about health, and yoga. I am a long-time volunteer with the Oregon Farmers Markets Association (OFMA) which supports farmers’ markets and fresh food affordability across the state.
Q: What is something that your fellow volunteers would be surprised to know about you?
A: A more fun tidbit is that I have a longtime love of movies and entertainment culture. I grew up in a family where movies played a big role in our quality time together, and I still love getting lost in a great story.
Q: What would you tell someone who is thinking of volunteering with Store to Door?
A: What makes Store to Door truly unique is its people. Every single person I have met and worked with is exceptionally kind, friendly, helpful, and dedicated. Becoming a volunteer in the pandemic has its unique challenges, but the team has made this such a rewarding opportunity.