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? In 1999 I came to VEAP with a friend to help sort toys for the Christmas program. I couldn’t help but be impressed by the volunteers who were working that day, how committed they were to the task at hand and how patient they were with me when I kept asking for what age a certain toy would be suitable. I knew right away VEAP was an organization I would like to be involved with.
What volunteer roles do have with VEAP? What is your favorite? Over the years I’ve performed a number of roles-distribution, warehouse, a little data entry, and currently the volunteer check-in position. It’s difficult to choose a favorite. I like Distribution because I get to work directly with the clients, and I like the check-in area because I get to see all the wonderful volunteers.
What keeps you volunteering with VEAP? As long as there is a need for a food shelf, and as long as I am able, I will keep volunteering at VEAP. Unfortunately, it seems that the need will be with us for a long time.
What makes volunteering meaningful for you? I live in Bloomington and the fact that I am serving my own community makes it meaningful to me.
What might someone be surprised to learn about you? I played semi-professional fast pitch softball in the late 1970’s in Buffalo, New York. It was a fantastic experience, doing something I absolutely loved (and getting paid for it).
What do you do when you aren’t volunteering? I spend a lot of time in our gardens. We have flowers and veggies all over the backyard. When I retired I learned how to knit. Does anyone need a dishrag?
What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering at VEAP? VEAP is a terrific organization for a number of reasons. There are a variety of areas in which you can volunteer; you can try them all out until you find your favorite. Also, you can choose a shift that works best in your own schedule. And I can’t see enough of the wonderful staff. They are humble professionals dedicated to treating our clients with dignity and respect, and as a volunteer I have always felt their support and appreciation.
Are you ready to become a volunteer like Helen? Sign up today!