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 start volunteering at VEAP? I began volunteering in December 1999. I volunteered for another organization as a crisis counselor and I was looking for more volunteer work. I wanted to reach out and give back to the community so VEAP was the perfect fit.
What volunteer roles do have with VEAP? What is your favorite? I have volunteered in the warehouse and most often as a van driver. I enjoy driving because I love connecting with people.
What keeps you volunteering with VEAP? I love giving back, I love the people, the way VEAP is run, and the staff are phenomenal!
Is there a particular moment or favorite memory that stands out from volunteering? I really enjoyed driving an older woman to medical appointments when we had the senior transportation program. I enjoyed getting to know her over the years. I really like the opportunity to get to know people different than me.
What might someone be surprised to learn about you? I earned a black belt in Tae Kwon Do in 1971. Also, in 1980 I had a cerebral aneurysm which meant I couldn’t do as many physical activities anymore. I am lucky and grateful to be alive!
What do you do when you aren’t volunteering? I work at a local hardware store, I love connecting with the customers. I also enjoy fishing and all Minnesota sports.
What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering at VEAP?
Do it! VEAP is a great place to be!
Thank you, Mike!
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