This month, we caught up with Dawn Wheeler, who has been volunteering as a Friendly Caller since May of 2021. Big thanks to Dawn for her ongoing commitment to supporting our homebound clients each and every Friday!
Q: How did you first get involved with Store to Door?
A: With everything closed down during the pandemic, my normal volunteering in the schools was not possible. So I was on the lookout for other opportunities when I read a coworker’s story about Store to Door. With me living in Roseburg, the Friendly Caller Program was a perfect fit.
Q: What keeps you busy when you are not volunteering with Store to Door?
A: My husband and I stay busy attending our kids’ collegiate soccer games, being available to help my kids with all things in life, and I love scrapbooking all of our family memories.
Q: What is something that your fellow volunteers would be surprised to know about you?
A: I am a mother of 4 that are all in college. Two girls (Allison in graduate school at the University of New Mexico & Emily at Western Oregon) and two boys. Our boys are both exchange students who lived with us during their senior year of high school. Jorge, from Spain, and Fernando, from Brazil. Fernando is back in the USA attending college. The youngest two kids are collegiate soccer players (Emily, goalkeeper at Western Oregon University and Fernando at Willamette University).
Q: What would you tell someone who is thinking of volunteering with Store to Door?
A: You may start by thinking of volunteering as a way to give back and help others, but you will quickly learn that you get just as much, if not more, from it. The Store to Door clients will quickly become your friends and you will look forward to your weekly chats.