This month, we had a chance to check in with Traci Wheeler, who has been volunteering as a Delivery Driver in Beaverton since 2021, and who had been a part of the Store to Door community for several years before that.
Traci also played a key role in our 2021 partnership with Madeleine Parish to help connect homebound clients with vaccine information and appointments. We are grateful for all the work that she has done in support of our mission!
Q: Are you a dog or cat person?
A: I am a full-on animal person. Cats, dogs, love them all. We have had many furry friends over the years. Currently, we have two cats, four chickens, a leopard gecko, and a horse.
Q: What keeps you busy when you are not volunteering with Store to Door?
A: We recently became empty-nesters with both of our children off to college. This has given me a lot of newfound free time which allowed me to begin volunteering for Store to Door. Additionally, at the onset of the pandemic, I was challenged to begin walking 100 miles per month and have now been successfully accomplishing that for the past 21 months. This led to a newfound love of hiking and exploring the many beautiful natural areas in our state and throughout the northwest.
Q: What is something that your fellow volunteers would be surprised to know about you?
A: Because I know very few other volunteers they would probably be surprised by nearly all things about me, but one thing that would certainly surprise those that know me is that last May I completed the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim hike in one day. It is 27.2 miles, with a 7000 foot descent down the north rim and then 5000 foot ascent up Bright Angel Trail on the south rim. The entire adventure took us 14.5 hours. It was hands down one of the most physically and mentally challenging things I’ve done and has since empowered me to complete several other epic hikes.
Q: What would you tell someone who is thinking of volunteering with Store to Door?
A: Volunteering for Store to Door has been a terrific experience for me. Knowing that I’m providing a beneficial service to several seniors in my community is fulfilling and I personally have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the folks I deliver to. My weekly chats with each of them are a highlight of my week.
Big thanks to Traci for all she does for our homebound clients, and for sharing with us this month!