VEAP loves our volunteer corps of 3,000 people! In our Volunteer Spotlight series, we highlight their amazing work and dedication in advancing VEAP’s mission.
When did you get involved with VEAP?
I started volunteering here last May. Seeing the social unrest along with the impact the pandemic was having on families, I wanted to find a way to make a difference immediately. VEAP was recommended to me by a fellow volunteer (Chuck Squires). I was impressed by the number of people VEAP helps during a time when so many are struggling to make ends meet. Food insecurity was a big problem before the pandemic, and obviously it’s an even bigger problem now.
What volunteer roles do have with VEAP?
I’ve been a shopper, loaded the groceries into the cars, and packed the “A/B/C bags” [VEAP’s pre-packed bags of non-perishable items]. My favorite is loading the cars because I can interact with the people we serve. Everyone’s always very appreciative of both the volunteers and the services VEAP provides.
What keeps you volunteering with VEAP?
I know that food pantries depend on volunteers in order to provide their much-needed services. And it gets me out of the house!
What makes volunteering meaningful to you?
I believe it’s our God-given responsibility to help others as we all need a helping hand at some point in our lives. Volunteering gives me the opportunity to help others, and I enjoy the feeling that comes along with that.
What might someone be surprised to learn about you?
Even though I sometimes wear my Vikings sweatshirt I’m a die-hard Cleveland Browns fan.
Is there a particular moment or favorite memory that stands out from volunteering?
I volunteered for two shifts the week of Thanksgiving; we were loading cars non-stop. Knowing we helped people provide Thanksgiving dinner for their families made me feel great.
What do you do when you aren’t volunteering?
Golfing, taking walks with my wife, traveling.
What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering at VEAP?
It’s a great place to volunteer, super easy to sign up, and the employees and volunteers are very friendly.