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Due to the passion, generosity, and commitment of our amazing volunteers, Store to Door will receive a 2014 Governor’s Award in Salem on April 24th.  We will be recognized as an outstanding nonprofit volunteer program along with nine other organizations across the state.

“These volunteers represent the very best of Oregon,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “They have found and filled needs in their community, using common purpose, compassion, and ingenuity to make a huge and lasting difference. I congratulate and thank them for their service.”

The Oregon Volunteers Commission for Voluntary Action and Service organizes the awards program. Wells Fargo sponsors the awards and will make a cash grant each nonprofit organization being recognized.

“The honorees’ dedication to volunteerism has helped create stronger, more vibrant Oregon communities,” said Wells Fargo Regional President Tracy Curtis.

The winners of this year’s awards emerged from an extraordinary competition. Oregon Volunteers received a record 114 nominations, a 46 percent increase over the last awards. Volunteer engagement leaders from across the state carefully reviewed the nominations to select the winners.

Kiersten Ware, Executive Director at Store to Door, said “Store to Door is incredibly honored to accept a Governor’s Volunteer Award. Currently in our 25th year, we estimate that in the last quarter century, 5,000 volunteers have helped us make 130,000 grocery deliveries to homebound people.  Our multi-talented volunteers continue to give thousands of hours of service annually, ensuring elders in the community have the nourishment and social connections they need to thrive. We gratefully dedicate this award to all Store to Door volunteers.”

The awards luncheon is open to the public and we invite you to join us there!  Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online before April 17.

Congratulations to everyone who currently volunteers with us or who has supported our work at anytime over the last 25 years!

 

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Store to Door is seeking to fill both paid and volunteer Delivery Driver positions.

Help low-income seniors and people with disabilities maintain their health, dignity, and independence by delivering fresh food, prescription medications, and household supplies to their homes. As a regular visitor, you will also increase their social support system and reduce isolation. We’d love to have you join our fun and dedicated team!

This is very part time position and you will be working between 2 to 5 hours on Wednesdays and the same on Thursdays, hours could vary weekly depending on order volume.

Duties and Responsibilities: Load vehicle; Drive to client; Collect payment, delivery fee, and coupons; Help put groceries away if client desires. Reports to Store to Door Program Manager.

Qualifications: Valid driver’s license, proof of driver’s insurance and clean driving record; Must pass a criminal background check; Sensitivity to special needs populations; Use own vehicle.

Physical Demands: Able to carry multiple 30 lb. totes

Attendance: Available Wednesday and/or Thursday from mid-morning to late afternoon. Volunteers are provided with mileage reimbursements.

How to apply: To apply for a paid staff position, please send a letter of interest and resume to Cindi Fuller, Program Manager – Cindi@StoretoDoorofOregon.org.  To express interest in volunteering, please fill out the Volunteer Registration form here.

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Jean Pierce Shopping 2

Meet Jean Pierce…a weekly (and usually twice weekly) volunteer grocery shopper for Store to Door for more than 20 years. Jean will turn 89 years old in June 2014.

Jean is a life-long volunteer. She grew up with the mindset that everyone should give back in whatever way they can and she’s volunteered for as long as she can remember.

Among many other things, she volunteered for the Citizens Review Board through the Oregon Judicial Department for nearly 20 years, helping to review cases involving foster children and foster care issues. She spent many years contributing time to CASA in Portland, which also advocates for children in the foster care system. Jean’s also volunteered at nearby juvenile homes, thrift stores and run errands with and for local foster children throughout the years.

Her dedication to shopping for Store to Door every week is part of what makes our volunteer-reliant program work. She knows how the program works and is committed to the cause. Add up all of the hours Jean has volunteered with Store to Door over the years, and you’re looking at between 3,000 to 4,000 hours!

“I tell everyone I know about Store to Door,“ she says. Jean enthusiastically spreads the word about Store to Door, distributing program brochures wherever she can because she strongly believes that there’s a great need for our services. And there is.

Why does she do it? “It makes me feel better to do something for someone else,” she says. And she really enjoys keeping active by shopping the store once or twice a week. “It’s great exercise,” she adds, “and it’s part of life for me.”

Jean plans to continue volunteering regularly with Store to Door for as long as she’s able and, believe it or not, she’s even actively looking to find an additional volunteer opportunity to enjoy in her spare time.

As we celebrate April’s Volunteer Appreciation Month, we can’t thank Jean and all Store to Door volunteers enough for their enduring commitment to such an important cause. You make Store to Door possible.

To become a Store to Door volunteer, please contact Barb McDowell at Barb@StoretoDoorofOregon.org or call 503-200-3333 ext. 008.

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Judy delivers

Store to Door volunteer delivery drivers use their own vehicles to make grocery deliveries on Wednesday and/or Thursday afternoons to homebound seniors and people with disabilities in the Portland area.  They collect the groceries that their clients have ordered from the store and deliver them straight to their door and then even fill their fridge and loosen jars if it’s needed.

Judy, one of our volunteer delivery drivers, said, “I had recently retired when I saw an article about Store to Door in the newspaper.  Their service really resonated with me. I had been living on the East Coast when my parents, who lived in Oregon, were finding it incredibly difficult to do their grocery shopping. They didn’t qualify for Meals on Wheels and I was too far away to do the shopping for them, so they had to struggle to get out.  It makes me sad thinking about it, but now I am helping people who are in that same position.

“When I started volunteering for Store to Door I didn’t expect to get out of it more than I put in. It is so fulfilling.  Not only are my clients incredibly grateful for the service but I have built up some wonderful and close relationships.”

Retired Firefighter and Paramedic Tim Smith has been volunteering with Store to Door for just a few months but is looking forward to a long partnership with us. He agrees with Judy, “The best part of volunteering is getting to know the people on my delivery routes. (Tim makes 2-4 deliveries on a Wednesday and 3 deliveries on a Thursday.)Not only do we provide a much needed service, the weekly contact and conversations we have while we’re delivering, help us check on their well-being.  You can tell that it means so much to someone who ordinarily has little outside contact that somebody really does care and that, if only once a week, the knock on their door is all about seeing to their needs.”

Judy said, “It is fun to do and I have met some interesting and vibrant people, who I would not have met otherwise. I find it easy to fit into my week; it takes just one or two hours and because I still like to travel, I am able to swap deliveries with other volunteers when I need to. Making my Store to Door delivery is the delight of my week!”

If you would like to be a delivery driver – you can commit to just one delivery, more than one delivery or your group or company can deliver together – we would love to hear from you.  Contact Barb McDowell at Barb@StoretoDoorofOregon.org or (503) 200-3333 ext. 008.

 

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Last year, Laughing Planet Café held a day-long fundraiser for Store to Door, raising nearly $4,000.  We recently took some time to chat with the owner, Franz Spielvogel, to learn about why community engagement and philanthropy are important to him, personally and professionally.

Franz believes that “it is a responsibility, inherent in being a part of society” to give back to the community that sustains his business.  It is also beneficial, he notes, because of the 10 Laughing Planet Café locations, the ones that give back the most also turn the highest profits.

But for Franz, it’s about more than just business, being generous is in his DNA.  He grew up in Bolivia, a developing country with a high poverty level.  His parents, a doctor and a diplomat, were very engaged in philanthropy and supported an organization that serves orphaned children.  When Franz was 11 years old, he witnessed the suffering of orphaned chiLPnew_logoldren in Bolivia and the beneficial impact the nonprofit had on their lives.  This was a powerful experience for a young boy, and re-telling the story still brings emotion to his voice.  Now, with small children of his own who are picky eaters, Franz is very passionate about making sure everyone in his community, low-income seniors included, have enough to eat.

When Franz bought Laughing Planet last year, he surveyed the staff with the goal of creating a more collaborative workplace.  He knows that while his employees depend on him for their jobs and salaries, he also depends on them.  Through the survey, he learned that his employees want more say in where corporate contributions go, that they are moved by statistics that tell the story of the community’s needs and organizations’ impact, and that they want opportunities to interact with the organizations Laughing Planet supports.  So, he’s rolling out a model where the company will “deploy human capital,” providing his employees with paid time to volunteer.  Clearly for Franz, community engagement is no laughing matter and we are lucky to have local business leaders like him.

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