Volunteer Profile: Tim Follett-Dion

Today on the blog we will be highlighting layout volunteer, Tim Follett-Dion to learn more about his expertise and volunteer role.

How did you get involved with FFEN? How long have you been volunteering with FFEN?

I got involved with FFEN through the HandsOn Twin Cities. The description of the layout design position at FFEN caught my eye. I have been volunteering with FFEN almost 5 months and it’s pleasant to work with FFEN.

What is your professional background and experience in and how does it relate to your volunteer role?

I am a student at the University of Minnesota majoring in architecture. The experience I have at FFEN enhances my architecture design and planning. FFEN gives me hands-on experience that expands my creativity.

What has your experience with FFEN looked like?

When starting a project, I usually like to collect information about the place, get to know what the challenge is, and the requirement. Most of the time I visit a place and get the feel of the place and then I will sketch several floor plans and discuss the design with the staff. In the end, we will pick the best one and see what works out.

How do you think your skill sets and professional experience support hunger relief work and food shelf engagements?

Working with FFEN has enhanced my technical, design, and communication skills. Those skills help me create better designed floor plans that fit the food shelf needs. In the future, I am hoping to expand my skills to help more people in need.

Can you talk about what drew you to volunteer in hunger relief and why it's important to you?

My passion is to help design and build a shelter to make people feel safe and warm. That’s why I chose to major in architecture. COVID-19 is a major hit for low-income people. Working with FFEN gives me the chance to help them. I have the opportunity to redesign the food shelf floor plans which allow people to get their food safely.


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