This man is on the go. He’s always busy, doing what he loves best–Volunteering. Doug Broek makes our community a better place through his tireless efforts in helping others. He is the winner of this month’s Volunteer of the Month recognition.
“I feel like I should give back to the community what I received,” he said during an interview with WKTV Community Media. ” I don’t want to become a couch potato. Your mind starts to wander. You lose everything you’ve lived for.” And what he lives for is to help people in need.
Doug volunteers extensively for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 702, the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program–just to name a few. He helps Veterans through his volunteer efforts at their clothing room, bait shop, special events, Bingo and taking lock down vets for long walks. Doug raises funds by selling flags on Memorial Day and the 4th of July.
Through his work with RSVP he keeps the city of Wyoming safer. He and his partner patrol the city for handicap and fire lane violations. He does fingerprinting of kindergarten students at Wyoming Schools and house checks for vacationing residents. Does he ever get to see his lovely wife Joan? Let’s go straight to the source herself…
“He is way busier now then when he was working,” she explained with a chuckle. Why should people volunteer? Our superstar Volunteer of the month explains: “You are always kept busy. It helps expand your circle of friends and one develops such a sense of camaraderie. Everyone should do it,” he concluded emphatically.
Editor’s Note: This is the first of a monthly feature that WKTV Community Media has established to recognize volunteers in our area. If you would like to nominate a volunteer who has made a difference give us a call at 261-5700 and ask for the Citizen Journalism Dept.