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 began volunteering in VEAP’s old building about 10 years ago, left for a time because of a job, and then came back in 2014. As a Bloomington resident of more than 20 years, I have always known about VEAP. Volunteering to support food access is straight forward and easy to get behind!
What volunteer roles do have with VEAP?
I have always volunteered in support of the volunteer department. In the old building I started out by helping Shari to enter volunteer hours (pre-Volgistics), and I’ve also volunteered in the lobby and distribution areas. Now I present to prospective volunteers for volunteer information meetings and at the check-in desk.
What keeps you volunteering with VEAP?
My reasons are somewhat selfish in that I have a great deal of fun while volunteering, and truly enjoy all the various people with whom I interact. That said, I live in Bloomington, and don’t like the idea that any of my neighbors struggle getting enough food, specifically healthy food, to eat. It doesn’t get more basic than food, and I appreciate the opportunity to support my community, and my fellow citizens.
What makes volunteering meaningful for you?
When the world seems crazy, I know that I can only do my part, and must do my part. It helps to be involved with something as basic as getting healthy food to those in need. Over the years, I have come to know VEAP as a truly remarkable organization. The solid values of this organization are demonstrated at the highest levels, and throughout our culture. It’s not hard to believe that I am truly making a difference.
Is there a particular moment or favorite memory that stands out from volunteering?
I am always overwhelmed by the volunteers who are here; everyone works so well together. We have many people who volunteer in multiple areas of VEAP, and many more who routinely go above and beyond. When I’m sitting at the check-in desk, I see people sign-out and then come right back in because they see something else that needs to be done, like gathering carts, or helping with a delivery.
What might someone be surprised to learn about you?
I was fortunate to retire early. My career was in commercial insurance underwriting. I moved away from that after my father passed, and worked for the Animal Humane Society for 4 years as an operational staff trainer. I trained staff at all 5 locations in customer service, animal technicians and veterinary technicians as well. I really enjoyed it.
What do you do when you aren’t volunteering?
I love to read, particularly fiction. My husband and I enjoy traveling together. We love visiting National Parks, cruising, and visiting as many countries as we can. I also enjoy cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals.
What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering at VEAP? It’s a great place to volunteer! It’s a place where you really do feel like you are contributing and giving back. Plus, we have a lot of fun, that’s the untold secret about volunteering here.
Thank you, Kay!
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