Nourishing the community and inspiring others to give

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Sophie Navarro
Sophie Navarro
Office Specialist, Vice President for Research and Innovation

How long have you worked at the UO?

Over 14 years

Tell us about your work:

I work for the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation. I support Research Development Services and Research Finance & Business Administration. I handle a variety of administrative tasks, UO contracts, time entry and copy editing.

What does your typical day at work look like during the food drive?

My typical day at work during the food drive is coordinating with others to help get the word out in OVPRI. We send out weekly emails every Friday regarding information on specifics on where to donate non-perishable food, how to sign up to donate using payroll deductions, and planning a raffle event for our unit. I also create a heart design for each person that donates through the online fundraising site and add it to our bulletin. It’s a nice way to say thank you for donations and honors each person. I am also planning two cooking videos that I get to share with my colleagues in effort of creating more engagement to raise money for the food drive. We will also be decorating our office soon.

What is one piece of advice you’d give to someone who wants to get involved with the food drive?

I recommend checking out the online fundraising site. There are opportunities for your department to engage with the steering committee to help you get started in creating opportunities to start raising money. We are happy to help guide you! Your department can set a goal, have a team name, and also volunteer at Food for Lane County. The website for volunteering at Food for Lane County is


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