AEO associates share our commitment to doing better, being better and building a better world. We’re proud to spotlight our people who are making a real and lasting impact in their communities.
Meet Angela, Group Lead at our Ottawa, KS distribution center! Angela has been a dedicated volunteer in her community for over 25 years and recently began to volunteer with Biking Across Kansas (BAK) alongside her daughter.
Tell us about your volunteer service at your favorite organization!
Bike Across Kansas promotes a healthy lifestyle and several small towns across Kansas every year. 2024 will be BAK’s 50th year.
Why is volunteering at that organization important to you?
It’s fun to take part in an event that brings people together from all walks of life for a healthy adventure!
How many years have you been volunteering there? How many years have you regularly volunteered in your community?
I first rode for BAK in 2022 when my daughter was volunteering. I first volunteered in 2023, doing SAG (Support and gear) while I was still in recovery from rotator cuff surgery.
I have been volunteering in my community for over 25 years. I was a Girl Scout leader, helped with 4-H, grade school PTO and Site council, and have held many volunteer roles for my church including treasurer and VBS director. I also run the church’s Facebook page and GriefShare Meetings and occasionally run the PowerPoint for the service.
How do you think that being an active participant in your community helps to Build a Better World?
If I can help one person, it is worth it all. When one person is helped, then they are likely to help someone else.
What are some of the benefits you have found in volunteering? What have you learned?
Volunteering helps me to look at the brighter side of life and appreciate everything that I have. It truly heals to be able to help others, and it is so much fun!