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 volunteered to be a Mission Partner representative for my church, St. Bonaventure, in 2010. It sounded like a great opportunity and right up my alley. I have been a volunteer in other programs at VEAP since 2015. And way back, I was a community gardener for VEAP at Smith Park.
What volunteer roles do have with VEAP? What is your favorite?
When I first started, I was still working and I began on Thursday nights in Lobby Intake. I still volunteer in that role and I’ve added a few others: Mobile Pantry Driver, Van Driver, Donate & Do coordinator for my church, and I also help to coordinate Safety Drills at VEAP. I really enjoy people and the physical, active part of volunteering.
What keeps you volunteering with VEAP?
I want to make a difference in my community. I wouldn’t do it if the people here weren’t nice to be with and I feel really valued here. I enjoy the connections with staff and volunteers. And the snacks of course!
Is there a particular moment or favorite memory that stands out from volunteering?
I challenged myself to become DOT certified in order to be a Mobile Pantry Driver. I did it as a challenge for myself and also reaching an underserved part of community was important to me. I’ve also really enjoyed picking up food from special events from VEAP. It’s amazing the amount of food we receive! I am awed by the generosity.
What might someone be surprised to learn about you?
I am taking Spanish at Normandale Community College. I have even begun using Spanish with clients in Lobby Intake and Mobile Pantry. Also, I retired in June 2017 as Health and Safety Coordinator for Hennepin County.
What do you do when you aren’t volunteering?
I volunteer for an organization for students learning English. I babysit my 5 grandchildren; 2 is my limit at 1 time! I enjoy spending time with my husband, Brian. This summer I am going to Peru with a group from Normandale to study Peruvian culture.
What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering at VEAP?
Do! Do! Do! There is something here for everyone and every interest.
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