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Family connected to Rainbows through volunteerism

Dora Chihuahua-Davis has been volunteering at Rainbows since 2015. It was her son, Regan who first volunteered at Camp Woodchuck and sparked Dora’s interest in Rainbows. “He spoke about the kids and how staff encouraged and cared for them, no matter their abilities,” said Dora.

“Every parent wants their child to have the opportunity to develop life skills, become independent, and learn in an atmosphere that matches their needs,” said Dora. “Rainbows provides specialized teaching to children in this way.”

To Dora, it’s personal. She has a brother who had a head injury as a young teen and she wishes there were services like Rainbows available to him during his growing up years, just like Rainbows.

Dora started volunteering alongside Regan helping out with Fashion Passion. After 9 years in a row, she’s now the trusted expert in organizing the back room for silent auction items. Regan is now in medical school and misses volunteering at Fashion Passion, but Dora’s daughter Keagan has picked up the mantle, volunteering at the event as a photographer the last two years and now working as a Direct Support Professional for Rainbows.

“My mother and brother love volunteering at Rainbows,” said Keagan. “I volunteered a few times and wanted to get more involved, so I started working as a DSP at Camp Woodchuck. While it’s a little outside my comfort zone, the kids’ energy, imagination, and passion is contagious, and I really like being with them.”

“I love seeing families volunteer together,” said Melani Kliewer, Volunteer Coordinator. “Dora, Regan and Keagan share the joy that happens when you volunteer. They share the stories, the hard work, and the gratitude of being able to make a difference in the lives of Rainbows’ children.”

“I’m glad my children have the opportunity to give back and support children who need extra help,” said Dora.

Dora also volunteers at Hope Ranch, working with female survivors of human trafficking and abuse. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading, lunching with friends, traveling and of course, spending time with her husband Donny and 3 adult children.

Dora and Donny love to travel internationally, including her native Mexico, Italy, Portugal, and Spain.