Duane Youse

7:07 PM, Nov 5, 2010   |    comments
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Youse volunteers at the Arvada Community Food Bank. On inventory day, you can find Youse busily working to help others.

"That's my nature," Youse said.

Youse has become as much a staple at the food bank as the food the volunteers there collect, unload and sort everyday.

Youse has volunteered at the food bank for 15 years.

"I just have a passion for people that are hurting," Youse said.

When other retirees would find other things to do that work 25 hours a week, Youse inspires others to help.

"I think he probably sleeps food bank, sorting cans at night," volunteer Jeanette Barker said.

Youse, an avid mountaineer who spent his last birthday sky diving, says his reasons for helping are simple.

"It's a normal way of life for me, just doing volunteer work. It comes automatically," Youse said.

When he isn't at the food bank, Youse helps with a program that awards scholarships to Wheat Ridge kids and collects toys for needy families at Christmas.

If you know an outstanding volunteer in your community, you can nominate them for a 9Who Care award. Go to the community page and click on 9Who Care.

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