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? What attracted you?
I began volunteering in May 2019. I knew about VEAP for many years. We used to live in Bloomington and when we moved to senior living in Edina we donated food and groceries to VEAP. When I lost my wife, Sally, 4 years ago, I really was searching around for something productive to do. I went to the VEAP website, filled out the application, came for a meeting and it worked out really well.
What volunteer roles do have with VEAP? What is your favorite?
I volunteer in Data Entry and as a Volunteer Greeter. Each role is equally interesting. The greeter role gives me a chance to see all of the happiness here. Each day people are connecting with each other, renewing acquaintances and having fun. It is such fun to watch the excitement here. Data entry is fun too, I chug away on projects and I’m amazed by how fast the time goes when I’m at VEAP.
What keeps you volunteering with VEAP?
I feel that I’m accomplishing something by volunteering at VEAP. I thought I knew a little about VEAP but I realized how much I didn’t know. The programs here are tremendous. There are hurting people out there and whatever I can do to help I’ll do it. Also, I’ve discovered it is a two way street, yes I’m volunteering for VEAP but VEAP is helping me get out and do something productive. VEAP is accomplishing something for volunteers too.
Is there a particular moment or favorite memory that stands out from volunteering?
The joy and happiness stands out to me.
What might someone be surprised to learn about you?
I like to do exciting things that are out of the norm, I recently went on a glider ride over Faribault and I’m planning a hot air balloon ride with my family. I enjoy new ventures and new ideas.
What do you do when you aren’t volunteering?
I enjoy the arts and music. I have season tickets to the Guthrie and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.
What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering at VEAP?
It is the joy of doing something. The staff are so appreciative of the help. I highly recommend it!
Thank you, Rod!
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