Man Volunteers to Pay Back Service He Received

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Updated: 3/01/2013 9:00 pm
In this installment of our Volunteer Spotlight we showcase a man who says he is simply paying it forward.

"I like helping people but mostly it's something that needs to be done," said Volunteer Mike Vanderkooi. "It's also my way of giving back because a lot of people help me. They'll see me trying to get my wheelchair into my truck or something and they'll come over and help me. It is kind of my way of paying back all the help I get."

Mike Vanderkooi started his volunteer career last February after a trip to the Idaho Foodbank with a group. It's now turned into his passion.

"I enjoyed it so much that I asked if I could come in more often," Mike said, "so I started coming in every day."

Mike splits his time volunteering at the Foodbank.

"I might sort through food that’s been donated or I might package smaller servings from these big boxes," said Mike. "I might sort through stuff that’s been donated by grocery stores."

And Portneuf Medical Center.

"I'll escort people to different areas in the building if they don't know where they're going; I'll take papers from the main desk into admissions so they can do the admitting to the hospital. I might do something like stuff envelopes," Mike said, "just whatever needs to be done.

Reporter: "What's it like for you to know that you're helping people?"

"It's a good feeling because I'm fortunate enough that people help me," said Mike.

And it's one Mike plans on continuing as long as possible.

"As long as they want me here, I'll be here," Mike said.

For more information on how you can volunteer in your community you can visit the Southeast Idaho Volunteer website.
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