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This At-Home Volunteer Can Really Relate

Volunteer order taker Bobb Elsenpeter understands clearly how limited mobility can cause challenges for seniors who want to remain independent at home.

Volunteer order taker Bobb Elsenpeter understands clearly how limited mobility can cause challenges for seniors who want to remain independent at home.

One day about six years ago, Bobb Elsenpeter saw Store To Door featured on a grocery shopping bag.  Curious, he visited www.storetodoor.org and discovered his perfect opportunity to give back – volunteer order taking.

An at-home volunteer position is just right for Bobb because of his special circumstances:  In addition to being a stay-at-home dad, he has multiple sclerosis, which limits his own ability to get out of the house and shop.

“I immediately saw the need and could relate my own circumstances to the seniors’,” says Bobb. “What if my grandmother needed her groceries taken care of?”

Getting to Know His Clients
Bobb calls five seniors every other week, and one of them has been on his call list since he started as a volunteer in 2009.  He enjoys getting to know his clients, chatting casually about their families and personal interests.

“It’s nice developing relationships over time,” he notes.  One client always orders snacks for her grandson.  Another orders ice cream for others in her building.  He adds, “She can’t get out for groceries, but she can still be active and contribute.

“When I was first diagnosed, I turned to the National MS Society for help.  Volunteering with Store To Door is my chance to put something back into the system.”

Volunteer Order Takers Needed
Would you like to help local seniors remain independent in their own homes?  More volunteer order takers are needed to reach more seniors in the seven-county Twin Cities region.

Read the volunteer job description (pdf) to learn more and fill out the application.  Or, if you have questions, just e-mail or call Store To Door Volunteer Program Supervisor Carolyn Swenson at carolyn@storetodoor.org or 612-209-1856.

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