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RSVP Partnering Site: Trempealeau County Community Cupboard When the Trempealeau County Food Pantry in Arcadia lost its location in the basement of the Franciscan Skemp Healthcare building in the fall of 2016, many pantry participants were unsure of the future of the Trempealeau County Food Pantry and were worried about their food security. Pantry participants were also concerned of the possible extra travel distance to receive food. RSVP volunteers were also uncertain of their status as a volunteer and were affected because most of them had developed relationships with the food pantry participants. Unfortunately, the pantry was unable to secure another location for a food pantry in Arcadia, which was a centralized location for Trempealeau County residents, to utilize. Thankfully, in early 2017, Michelle Peaslee, the Parish Administrator at Strum Immanuel Lutheran Church, discussed the possibility of the Trempealeau County Community Cupboard in Strum taking over operations of Pictured above: RSVP Volunteer George Ross the former Trempealeau County Food Pantry in Arcadia with the Immanuel Lutheran Church counsel and they agreed. In doing so, the pantry would also take responsibility for distributing food through the Temporary Emergency Food Assistance program (TEFAP). The Community Cupboard became a partnering site of the Western Dairyland RSVP Program and serves Trempealeau County residents who meet certain income thresholds. The pantry is located in the basement of the Strum Immanuel Lutheran Church. The pantry serves participants every third Saturday from 2:00-5:00 pm. Michelle stated, “The pantry serves on average of 120 households each month and each participant receives an average of 100 pounds of food.” Since RSVP Volunteers are at least 55 years of age, it can sometimes be too strenuous for them to carry participant food up from the basement to an individual’s vehicle. Groups of high school students, including the football team and Honor Society, have volunteered their assistance. The younger volunteers complement the RSVP volunteers quite well. Many have said that it is important for the younger generation to recognize the value and importance of using volunteerism as a means to tackle community needs. It truly shows a community coming together to meet the most pressing of needs in the most efficient way. Continued on Page 3



Western Dairyland EOC Inc. is a private, nonprofit community action agency established in 1966 for the purpose of alleviating povertyrelated conditions and assisting low-income families to achieve their economic self-reliance. We welcome your comments & suggestions about the Western Dairyland RSVP program. RSVP Contact Information Address: Western Dairyland EOC Inc. RSVP Program 23122 Whitehall Road Independence, WI 54747 Office hours: Monday - Friday from 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Website: www.westerndairyland.org/rsvp.phtml RSVP Program Director Cheryl Padula 715-985-2391 Ext. 1205 Cheryl.padula@wdeoc.org

Have You Moved? We want to hear from you! The RSVP Program has had the pleasure of working with many wonderful volunteers and watching the impact each person has made in their own community through volunteerism. We ask that you please help the RSVP office stay updated. Are you still volunteering? Perhaps you are not feeling well or maybe you have been physically unable to volunteer due to an illness or surgery? We also know summers are busy and you may be enjoying more time with your family which may result in being too busy to volunteer at this time. Whatever the reason, we would really like to hear from you. To insure that you receive RSVP volunteer recognition and to assist you with future RSVP volunteer opportunities, we ask that you be sure to record all volunteer hours at your volunteer work site. Feel free to contact us at anytime; we welcome your input, concerns and volunteer stories.

RSVP Program Assistant Erika Hobbs 715-985-2391 Ext. 1232

Call us at 1-800-782-1063 ext. 1205 or 1232. We look forward to hearing from you!


Welcome New Volunteers!! David Stuant

Steven Ebert

Marlene Koser

Donna Engen

Larry Whaley

Barbara Adams

Kathleen Brunner-Egli Donna Kehrmeyer George Ross

Carol Sather

Gloria Wagener

Donald Halvorson

Tom Wagener

Dale Johnson

Mary Moore



Continued from Page 1... When you first walk into the Community Cupboard, you will see a dozen or more RSVP volunteers preparing for the days distribution. They are busy organizing food items and placing them on tables. You are able to see them at one of the many workstations of their choice. When it is time for people to choose their food items, many volunteers are there to help them and provide additional support to families who are experiencing hardships. RSVP volunteer Donna Kehrmeyer has volunteered at the pantry since it began. She stated that she is widowed and it keeps her busy-especially in the winter! Donna says it feels good to help and people are very appreciative of the food assistance. She enjoys helping because everyone knows what to do and they work as a team. In addition to being an RSVP volunteer, Donna has gone on two mission trips, one to Mexico and the other to Guatemala, and will soon be returning to Guatemala. RSVP volunteer, Carol Sather, also agrees that volunteering at the food pantry in Strum is rewarding and makes you feel good. It means a lot to Carol to help families with food security. She likes the site because the other volunteers are fun to work with. George Ross, another RSVP volunteer at the site, agrees that this volunteer opportunity fulfills a need in the community by providing food for food pantry participants. Everyone at the site is compatible and it makes time go by quickly. “You just feel good�, George stated. RSVP volunteer Tom Wagener offers his assistance at the pantry, helping unload the TEFAP and Feed My People food delivery trucks when he is available. Tom also helps with inventory and stocking shelves. Tom states that this volunteer opportunity is very rewarding. His wife, Gloria, is also a RSVP volunteer at the pantry.

Barbara Adams worked for the United Bank in Strum prior to retiring. Barb was accustomed to working with people through her job at the bank so she felt very connected to her community. She knew that she wanted to remain active and stay in contact with people after retirement. For Barb, registering with RSVP and volunteering at the Trempealeau County food pantry allows her to keep the community connections that she formed while at the bank. It also gives her the opportunity to develop even more connections by volunteering at the pantry. RSVP volunteers have a wealth of knowledge and experience and know their communities best. If you are interested in joining this site and becoming a part of an impactful team as an RSVP volunteer at the pantry in Strum, please give us a call at 715-985-2391 Ext. 1205. The pantry is always looking for individuals to assist with truck delivery/unloading, and the set up/execution of each food distribution.

RSVP Volunteers busy preparing for the Trempealeau County food distribution.



Bargain Hunters!!! If you like to shop and want another excuse to get out and spend money for a good cause, then we have the offer for you! The Western Dairyland RSVP Program’s Birthday Box Project is always seeking donations to use in birthday boxes. Your donation is tax deductible. Last year, we provided children in need with over 300 birthday boxes. This project would not be possible without donations. If you would like to donate to our project, please see the wish list items below. WISH LIST Reading Books (Board books for ages 1-3, Stage/Step books for ages 4-6, Chapter books for ages 10+) Cake Mix/Frosting Plates/Napkins Small Toys/GiftsNeeded primarily for ages 10-16 years (Hot Wheels, Legos, Barbie Dolls, Lip Gloss, Puzzles, etc.)

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One-Pan Parmesan Crusted Chicken With Broccoli Ingredients: For the Stone House Seasoning:

For the Pan:

1/4 C. Kosher Salt

2 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2 Tbsp. Freshly Ground Black Pepper

6-7 ox Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts

2 Tbsp. Granulated Garlic or 1 tsp. Garlic Powder

12 Oz Fresh/Frozen Broccoli Florets 1 Tsp. Stone House Seasoning 2 Cloves Garlic, Minced 1/2 C Freshly Grated Parmesan 1/2 C Chopped Fresh Parsley

Directions: 1. Make the Stone House seasoning: In a small bowl, combine salt, pepper, and granulated garlic. (The blend will keep in an airtight container for at least 1 year. Use with beef, poultry, pork, and vegetables.) 2. Preheat oven to 425° and grease a rimmed baking sheet with 1 tablespoon oil. 3. Arrange the chicken breasts in the center of the prepared baking sheet, then arrange the broccoli around the chicken. Drizzle broccoli with remaining tablespoon oil and sprinkle everything with Stone House seasoning. 4. Bake until chicken breasts are cooked through and a thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 160°, 28 to 30 minutes. 5. In a small bowl, combine garlic, Parmesan, and parsley. Top each chicken breast with some of the mixture. Broil until cheese is melted and broccoli is deeply browned, 3 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven, tent with foil, and let rest for 5 minutes. Serve warm. Reprinted from Add a Pinch. Copyright © 2017 by Robyn Stone. Photographs copyright © 2017 by Helene Dujardin. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

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RSVP FEATURED VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Homeless Shelter (Black River Falls): Western Dairyland’s Homeless Program is seeking volunteers to perform basic home repairs such as gluing drawers/furniture repair, installing fixtures, patching drywall, and shoveling /lawn care as needed. Do you like to decorate? Volunteers are also needed to clean, decorate, and hang curtains between clients. Homeless Shelter (Eau Claire): Do you enjoy decorating? If so, then we have the volunteer opportunity for you! Volunteers are needed to complete small repair projects, clean, & launder items between clients.

Dove Health Care-West (Eau Claire): Do you want to build a birdhouse? Dove Health Care is seeking a carpenter to donate pre cut scrap wood and potentially assist residents in constructing a birdhouse and/or other woodworking projects for residents to donate in the Eau Claire area. Trempealeau County ADRC (Home Delivered Meals)- Deliver more than a meal with this RSVP opportunity. Meal delivery gives you a chance to visit someone who may not otherwise have any interaction with others. Volunteers are needed to drive as little as once per week to five days a week. You choose your route and commitment. Times may vary depending on the route you choose but typical commitment is from 10 am –1pm. Back-up volunteers are also needed in the event a current driver cannot make it on their route because of illness or vacation. Drivers are reimbursed .535/mile. Call us today!

Atrium Post Acute Care (Black River Falls)Do you enjoy playing games and socializing? Atrium is looking for a few volunteers to assist with activities, play cards with residents, provide assistance on outings, transporting residents, serving coffee during the week or on Saturdays, and BINGO calling on Mondays when a substitute is needed. Give us a call if you are looking for some fun and games! Call our RSVP office to learn more about all of our volunteer opportunities! If you are an RSVP partnering site in need of volunteers, we would be happy to help recruit for your site. Call us at 715-985-2391 Ext. 1205 today!

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Dining Site Managers (Trempealeau County)Dining Site Center Managers are needed at the following locations: Sunflower Café (Whitehall) Monday-Friday 11-1pm Rainbow Restaurant (Blair) Monday-Friday 11-1pm Dove Healthcare (Osseo) Monday-Friday 11-1 pm Boondocks (Galesville) Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 11-1 Pammy K’s (Eleva) Thursdays from 5-6pm Volunteers for this position would greet participants, assist participants with registering for the meal by showing them where to write their name and put their donation, participating in an annual training with ADRC staff (paid for by ADRC) once per year, and informing ADRC staff of any feedback/concerns from participants. Cents & Sensibility Thrift Store (Independence) - Calling all multi-taskers!! Volunteers are currently needed at the thrift store to help process donations, steam clothing to be put on clothing racks, laundering items, as well as basic organizing. This is a flexible volunteer opportunity that will keep you busy AND allow you to have some fun! Please call the RSVP office to learn how you can get started! RSVP Volunteer Caregiver Project (Trempealeau County-Whitehall): Volunteer Caregivers are currently needed for friendly visits in the Whitehall area. Please call today so we can tell you more about how you can provide impactful service in as little as one hour! RSVP Volunteer Caregiver Project —(Trempealeau County-Whitehall): If you are looking for a rewarding volunteer opportunity with very little time commitment but huge impact, then we have the opening for you! Volunteers are needed to assist individuals who reside at Sunrise Apartments to get to medical appointments @ Gunderson Tri-County in Whitehall. Some of the individuals needing assistance are in a wheelchairs and need someone to physically help push their wheelchair across the parking lot over to the clinic. Volunteers would wait until the individual is finished at their appointment and accompany them back to their apartment. This opportunity will be needed on an average of 1/week. Please call our RSVP office to learn more about all of our volunteer opportunities! If you are an RSVP partnering site in need of volunteers, we would be happy to help recruit for your site. Call us at 715-985-2391 Ext. 1205 today!

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On the last Wednesday of the month from 11-1 you will find faithful RSVP volunteers preparing to distribute food in an effort to reduce food insecurity. The Whitehall Food Pantry is held in the basement of the Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Whitehall. The Whitehall Food Pantry is always looking for additional volunteers to join their team. Some of the duties would include: stocking pantry shelves and organizing items, carrying pantry participants’ food out to their vehicles, and other general duties related to food distribution at the pantry. One-time opportunities are also available in the community to process larger food drive donations. If this opportunity interests you and would like to learn more about this, please give us a call at 715-985-2391 Ext. 1205.

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RSVP Volunteer, Mel Lee, is a retired Navy Veteran who likes to keep busy. He spent twenty-two years as a reservist and is a Vietnam Veteran. Mel has been an RSVP volunteer for about nine years. He registers participants for the Whitehall Food Pantry each month and helps with a lot of other duties. Mel also helps unload the Feed My People Food Truck about once a month at the Saint Peter & Paul

Church in Independence for the RSVP Program’s Weekend Food for Kids Project. In addition to his aforementioned RSVP duties, Mel also volunteers at many other locations in the community. He volunteers two days a week at the Whitehall Nursing Home, more if he is needed on the weekends. Mel even volunteers for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign as a bell ringer during the holiday season! In addition to all of his volunteer service, Mel is also a proud member of the American Legion and the American Veterans. If you happen to see Mel out and about in the community, be sure to thank him for his service!

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If you have Medicare, you can protect your identity and help prevent health care fraud by guarding your Medicare card like you would a credit card. Identity theft from stolen Medicare Numbers is becoming more common. Medicare’s here to help by removing Social Security Numbers from Medicare cards and replacing them with a new, unique number for each person with Medicare. Medicare will mail new Medicare cards with the new numbers between April 2018 and April 2019. Here are some important steps you can take to protect yourself from the identity theft that can lead to health care fraud: · Don’t share your Medicare Number with anyone who contacts you by telephone, email or in person, unless you’ve given them permission in advance. Medicare will NEVER contact you (unless you ask us to) for your Medicare Number or other personal information. · Don’t ever let anyone borrow or pay to use your Medicare Number. · Review your Medicare Summary Notice to be sure you and Medicare are only being charged for actual items and services received. If you’re looking to enroll in a Medicare plan: · Remember there are no “early bird discounts” or “limited time offers.” · Don’t let anyone rush you to enroll by claiming you need to “act now for the best deal.” · Be skeptical of free gifts, free medical services, discount packages or any offer that sounds “too good to be true.” If someone calls you and asks for your Medicare Number or other personal information, hang up and call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). To learn more about protecting yourself from identity theft and health care fraud, visit www.Medicare.gov/ fraud or contact your local Senior Medicare Patrol (www.smpresource.org). Article by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, October 18, 2017.

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I am a registered Western Dairyland RSVP Volunteer…..But, what does that mean? Here is the BIG PICTURE…. The Corporation for National & Community Service was established in 1993 to engage millions of Americans in service. One of the core programs is Senior Corps (this includes RSVP). CNCS utilizes a powerful resource, the energy and talents of individuals, to solve problems. CNCS’ mission is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. Learn more at: www.nationalservice.gov


Senior Corps incorporates the three senior-focused programs which are RSVP, Foster Grandparents, and Senor Companions. Consists of individuals age 55+ who use their experience & wisdom to volunteer and make a difference in their community Senior Corps connects more than 245,000 Americans to service opportunities in their communities. Senior Corps programs provide benefits for volunteers in addition to making a significant difference in the lives of others and the ability to develop new relationships in your community. The RSVP Program began as a demonstration project in the 1960’s as a way to engage older Americans in a variety of service activities.

Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)

RSVP is a program of Senior Corps and is one of the largest volunteer networks in the nations for individuals 55+. RSVP gives individuals the opportunity to showcase the talents they have learned throughout the years, or develop new talents through volunteerism in their own community. RSVP Volunteers are provided with several benefits while an active member of RSVP. This includes: Supplemental Insurance while your are volunteering, a Volunteer Recognition Event, a quarterly RSVP Newsletter, and a multitude of Volunteer Opportunities & Support. The Western Dairyland RSVP Program partners with over 40 sites in Buffalo, Eau Claire, Jackson, Pepin, and Trempealeau Counties. RSVP’s national focus areas are : Healthy Futures, Education, Veterans & Military Families, Environmental Stewardship, Economic Learn more at: www.westerndairyland.org/rsvp.phtml Opportunities, Disaster Services, and other community priorities. This means, that if you are a registered RSVP volunteer, your site is a partnering site of RSVP! Thank you for choosing to make a difference.


RSVP Volunteer Office 23122 Whitehall Road PO Box 125 Independence, WI 54747


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Western Dairyland’s RSVP program serves Buffalo, Eau Claire, Jackson, Pepin and Trempealeau counties.


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The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) connects individuals age 55 or older with meaningful volunteer opportunities in their communit...

Janfeb 2018 newsletter final w ads  

The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) connects individuals age 55 or older with meaningful volunteer opportunities in their communit...