Extraordinary Board Member

Becky Blumer Delivers Groceries and Kindness to Seniors and People with Disabilities

“I grew up in a small community where it felt like a given that people took care of each other.”

By Conner Reed October 23, 2019 Published in the November 2019 issue of Portland Monthly

In 2012, Becky Blumer was working for national nonprofit United Way when Store to Door, a grocery delivery service for seniors and people with disabilities, moved into her shared office space. The mission hooked her immediately (“I’ve always loved the profound nature of nourishing people,” she says), and two years after signing up to volunteer, she was recruited by Store to Door to join its board.

The nonprofit works on a sort of Instacart model—clients place orders, volunteers pick the orders up from stores like Fred Meyer, and they deliver the groceries to clients’ homes. They also often put the food away, a big deal for clients with limited mobility. Another benefit? Deliverers may stay with the same client for years, so they’re able to provide wellness checks where an Instacart driver wouldn’t. Blumer has been delivering to Betty, a woman in her 70s with a neurological condition called Guillain-Barré syndrome, ever since she started volunteering.

Today Blumer is the vice president of Store to Door’s board. “She’s thoughtful, intelligent, and experienced,” says board president Mike Beaty. “I modeled my approach after her and her compassion.”

Outside of her Store to Door duties, Blumer runs the volunteer program for Multnomah County Library. “I grew up in a small community where it felt like a given that people took care of each other,” Blumer says.

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