Name: John Oyola
Your role at Foodshare: SNAP Outreach Coordinator. Provide coordinate, collaborate, and train, volunteers, agencies, and communities on attaining SNAP and other benefits and resources.
How long have you been with Foodshare? Almost 2 months.
Hobbies: Going for long drives, cars/car shows, watching movies, traveling, spending time with friends and family, wellness and recovery activities.
Why I do what I do: I have a professional and personal passion towards bringing about mutual hope, education, self-advocacy, personal responsibility, independence, self- sufficiency, and support to individuals, families, and communities; and in that it’s gifted back to myself.
Most recent accomplishment: Being hired by Foodshare and allowing me to continue to grow, learn, expand and broaden my professional and personal experiences.
A personal/professional goal: Retire and have my own Bodega.
Last read: Magazines.
If you could be, or do, anything else – what would it be? Have/Run my own Bodega.
What one word would you use to describe yourself? Intense
What are you most proud of? My 16 plus years in/of recovery
Share something about yourself that few people know: I’m Portuguese, but was raised primarily in the Puerto Rican culture.
If you were a plant (animal) what kind would you be? A Monkey Why? They’re smart, cute, cuddly, agile, strong.
What is your favorite movie or book or song? Have too many
What would I find in your refrigerator right now? Mom’s leftovers, soda, water, snacks
If you found out you only had a few months to live, what would you do with the time? Look for inner peace, acceptance, serenity, amends with self and all around me.
If you won $20 million in the lottery, what would you do with the money? Get financially stable, help family, invest with/in or start my own non-profit, retire and buy a Bodega, traveling.
Anne Frank once said that in spite of everything, she believed people were basically good. Do you agree or disagree? Why? Yes - we all have our reasons/stories for our actions/beliefs based on our worldviews and experiences, and many times it’s a judgment when saying/stating someone is/has good/bad.