VEAP loves our volunteer corps of 3,500 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?
Twelve years ago in April. A friend of mine volunteered here and spoke very highly of it so I decided to try and I’m still here today! It’s a wonderful place.
What volunteer roles do have with VEAP?
I volunteer in the warehouse sorting produce, take care of all the indoor plants at VEAP, as well as work with the grounds crew in the spring and summer months to plant and maintain the flowers around the building.
What keeps you volunteering with VEAP?
I love the people. The people I work with are just fantastic: both volunteers and staff. You can never find nicer people.
What makes volunteering meaningful to you?
I’m a people person. I don’t like being by myself and I enjoy working with all the other volunteers.
What might someone be surprised to learn about you?
I’ve lived in five states (South Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan, New York, and Georgia) and two Canadian provinces (British Columbia and Ontario). My favorite place was British Columbia because it was gorgeous.
Is there a particular moment or favorite memory that stands out from volunteering?
My granddaughter was visiting when we first moved over to this building and she really wanted to see the new place. I asked Nathan if we could look around, and he was like “Oh, I can show you!” and took time out of his day to show her all around the kitchen and other new areas. It was very nice of him and something I didn’t expect.
What do you do when you aren’t volunteering?
I love gardening. I have a lot of flower gardens at home. I also like reading, traveling, quilting, going to the theatre, orchestra and when Creekside was open I went to yoga as well as taught an exercise class there. Before the pandemic I was also part of two church groups: bible study and a lady’s tea group that meets once a month. I’m hoping these things get to resume soon!
What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering at VEAP?
I’ve recruited two of my neighbors. One day I was out with my VEAP T-Shirt and a lady stopped me to ask what I liked about volunteering here. I hope I convinced her to come! I told her it’s such a good place to volunteer and that I have a wonderful time helping out.
Thank you, Marcy! Learn more about becoming a volunteer now.