David has been volunteering as a Home Delivery Driver since January 1996. During this time, he has delivered to several apartment buildings, but has maintained a weekly presence in one particular Seattle Housing Authority building for his entire 16 years as a driver. Our Home Delivery Drivers may be the only social interaction that one of our homebound customers has in a week, so deliveries are often a bright part of the day–and David excels at providing a positive experience for those he serves.
About his experience, David says, “My favorite thing about this program is the people I get to meet – not only the wonderful food bank staff and volunteers but the residents in the buildings I deliver to. There are so many interesting characters that I likely wouldn’t have the chance to get to know otherwise. There is such a wealth of diversity among our customers – many, many cultural backgrounds…Volunteering at the food bank helps me feel connected to our community. We are all on this planet together so we need to help each other as best we can.”
David is also an architect and helped us create our new storage building and remodeled office spaces: “As an architect in private practice I was lucky to have the opportunity to help the food bank in a different sort of way when they decided to build a new building. It was a fun exercise to plan for the food bank’s future and a challenge to create a building on a tight budget that fit comfortably into the St Mary’s campus, yet had a bit of style to it. I love the way the high clerestory windows let morning sunlight flood the interior of the building. It even feels slightly ecclesiastical. Some people call it the Red Barn. I like the way it blends in so well with the adjacent brick church buildings.”
Thank you, David!