For the past two years, Cynthia has volunteered at Help At Your Door. Knowing the pandemic has disproportionally impacted populations who have inequitable access to resources, she joined our nonprofit to give back in a meaningful way that supports the everyday lives of older adults and people with disabilities.

At our organization, Cynthia shops and delivers groceries for the people we serve as well as completes office tasks such as answering phones when needed. She volunteers for four hours per week and then gives more time as requested. She notes, “Having a range of duties has given me a wider perspective on how I can best make a difference both in operational efficiency and in providing compassionate services to our clients.”

Her experience helping older adults and individuals who use mobility aids in her family has been valuable when supporting Help At Your Door’s clients. Cynthia connects with the same clients each week, making it possible for her to really get to know them as individuals. She’s learned their preferences and specific needs, whether that’s assisting with retrieving an item from a high kitchen cabinet or bringing a bag of trash out when she leaves. She shares, “Working directly with clients really touches my heart. It feels good to help them remain as independent as possible in their homes.”

One of the homes she shops and delivers groceries to lives a couple who are visually impaired. The way they navigate life has been fascinating for Cynthia. She reflects, “I’m learning so much about the tools and tricks they use to manage everyday tasks.”

In addition to the gratification she receives from directly interacting with clients, Cynthia also has fun shopping for groceries with her fellow volunteers. She explains, “I very much enjoy the camaraderie. The hardest part about being a shopper is reporting to the store so early. Coffee and cheerful colleagues help make it easier. It’s a wonderful way to start one’s day.”

When asked what she would say to someone interested in volunteering with Help At Your Door, Cynthia replied, “I encourage others to explore volunteering with Help At Your Door. The commitment can be flexible, and scheduling needs are accommodated.”

Thank you, Cynthia, for giving your talents and time to Help At Your Door. We appreciate you!

Do you want to learn more about volunteering with Help At Your Door? For information about specific roles, read our volunteer webpage or contact us: 651-642-1892 | We also offer group volunteer activities!

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