Life has changed throughout the country since the COVID-19 pandemic, especially for Auburn. Her job has shifted from a fitness trainer to a Home Support staff for the Health Command Operations Center. As a frontline worker, she assists COVID-19 patients by packing provisions that can sustain them for at least two weeks, such as food, household cleaning supplies, infant products, pet food, isolation kits, cloth face coverings, and gloves.
"I started with the Strike Team, who is assigned at the frontlines to combat the coronavirus, and began working with the Winslow Community Health Representatives (CHRs) to deliver an amazing amount of water, food boxes, and educational materials to community members. We traveled many miles of rural roads that I didn't know existed. Eventually, I was reassigned to Home Support. We established the Dilkon Point of Distribution site to supply patients in need, and I am highly proficient at taking inventory and organizing supplies."
In the Dilkon area, many homes do not have running water and electricity. Many families and elders travel numerous miles on unrelenting unpaved roads to the nearest grocery store and town, which may be a 150 to 200 miles roundtrip. Knowing she can help her community members motivates Auburn to continue providing needed services to her people.