Each year, in loving memory of long-time volunteer Betty Van Hook, we select a volunteer who exemplifies outstanding commitment to our mission. This year, we’ve selected Paul Berteau, who’s been helping out FBR since October, 1997.
Paul first learned about the food bank after reading an article in Parade magazine about how important the gift of time is, particularly to food banks. After volunteering with Denver’s Table Food Rescue and distribution, Paul filled in for an absent volunteer in reclamation and never left. He loves working in reclamation and tells us, “In my regular job as an insurance broker, there are days when I don’t feel like I’ve accomplished anything further at the end of the day than at the beginning. I never feel that way in reclamation and always know I’ve accomplished much when my shift ends.” Paul also says he enjoys helping first time volunteers, making sure they have a good experience so they’ll come back.
Paul drives down from the mountains an hour or more, 40 miles each way, to volunteer with us every Wednesday morning and two Saturdays a month. “I have a hole in my heart if I don’t get to volunteer,” he says. He also gives his time to help FBR with many special events and shares his knowledge on our Operations Committee.
When asked what advice he has for others thinking of volunteering he offers, “Volunteering with FBR is joining a committed family with passion for what they do.” And he warns us with a smile, “Try it more than once. There are many opportunities and when you find the one that’s right for you, it’s addictive.”