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July/August 2016

Western Dairyland RSVP Receives Wisconsin State Senior Corp Program of the Year Award We are very proud to announce that the Western Dairyland RSVP Program was selected to receive the Wisconsin State Senior Corp Program of the Year Award. There are currently seventeen RSVP Programs, sixteen Foster Grandparent Programs, and two Senior Companion Programs in Wisconsin. These programs collectively make up Senior Corp in Wisconsin. On June 2, the RSVP Program was invited to the Goodman Community Center in Madison to accept the award on behalf of the program, and most importantly, its’ volunteers. Our program was recognized for enhancing the community’s ability to address issues of food insecurity, independent living services for older and/or disabled adults, poverty, and veterans’ transportation needs. Our program currently partners with forty different nonprofits in our service area. This includes six different food pantries. In addition, we have successfully implemented the RSVP Weekend Food 4 Kids, RSVP Volunteer Caregivers, and the RSVP Birthday Box projects. We have also partnered with the Trempealeau County Veterans Service Office to provide transportation to the VA Hospital in Tomah. It’s through these partnerships that we are able to accomplish our mission and make the most impact. The annual service recognition takes place to honor those who have proven themselves by getting involvedchanging lives and communities. Without the hard work and dedication from all of our RSVP volunteers, we would not have been eligible for this opportunity or award. We appreciate each and every volunteer who continues to help us succeed in meeting the many growing needs within our communities through volunteerism. It’s because of your commitment to service that this is possible.

Pictured: (from le!) WNCS Board Chair Lisa Delmore, RSVP Program Director Cheryl Padula, CNCS WI State Program Director India McCanse, and Serve WI Execu"ve Director Thomas Devine



RSVP Contact Information Western Dairyland EOC Inc. is a private, non -profit community action agency established in 1966 for the purpose of alleviating povertyrelated conditions and assisting low-income families to achieve their economic selfreliance. We welcome your comments & suggestions about the Western Dairyland RSVP Program.

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.

Email Address:

Sandra Isakson Beverly Weiss Shoua Lee Christine Halling Shirley Feuling Jim Klees Janet Andrews

“ Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.�

Phone: 715-985-2391 ext. 1205

Website: www.westerndairyland.org

Welcome New Volunteers:

James Matthew Barrie

Attention Volunteers & Site Supervisors!! Please send us any volunteer pictures and/or stories you have from your site. You may be selected for our next newsletter.

Have You Moved? Do You Have Any Updates/Changes to Report? 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.

Call us at 1-800-782-1063 ext. 1205 or 1232.



Probiotics What are probiotics? Probiotics are actually the “good” bacteria-or live cultures– just like those naturally found in your gut. These active cultures help change the intestinal bacteria to balance gut flora. This functional component may boost immunity and overall health, especially GI health. How can I include probiotics in my diet? When perusing the dairy aisle for a good yogurt option, be careful as some of these products may contain a significant amount of added sugar. Make sure any yogurt product includes “live and active cultures” on the label . Greek yogurt or regular yogurt? Greek yogurt is recommended for those that need more protein in their diet and regular yogurt for those that are looking for more calcium in their diet. Some non-dairy foods that also have beneficial cultures are: kimchi, sauerkraut, miso, tempeh and soy beverages. Source: Gunderson, Amy. “Probiotics.” Jackson County Sixty Forward 19 April 2016:8. Print

Greek Yogurt with Warm Black and Blueberry Sauce Ingredients: 2/3 cup frozen blueberries 2/3 cup frozen blackberries 1/2 cup water 1/4 cup sugar 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon butter 2 cups plain 2% reduced-fat Greek yogurt Preparation: 1. Combine the first 5 ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; gently boil 10 minutes or until sauce thickens. Stir in butter. 2. Spoon 1/2 cup yogurt into each of 4 bowls; top each serving with about 1/4 cup sauce. Serve immediately.



RSVP Volunteers of Trempealeau County were honored at the 2016 RSVP Recognition Event on July 15. The event was held at the Holy Family Church in Arcadia and more than 80 volunteers were in attendance. Volunteers were able to visit, sharing stories and laughs, while enjoying a wonderful meal and raffle.

Thank you to the following area businesses & organizations for making this event possible: ADRC of Trempealeau County, Arcadia Credit Union, Badgerland Financial, Blair Pharmacy, Co-op Credit Union, Corporation for National & Community Service, Edison Funeral Home, Fimreite’s Sunset Gardens, Gold’N Plump, Independence State Bank, Matthew’s Family Dental, Norske Nook, Pigeon Falls State Bank, Remember When, Riverland Energy Cooperative, Royal Credit Union, Sullivan’s Supper Club, Sweet Temptations, Trempealeau County Times, Tri-County Communications, Tulips & Treasures, Western Dairyland RSVP, and Wozney-Killian Funeral Home.

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The RSVP Volunteers of Eau Claire County were honored at the 2016 RSVP Recognition Event on August 3rd at Florian Gardens in Eau Claire. More than 70 volunteers attended this wonderful event; visiting, enjoying a great meal and raffle prizes.

A special thank you to the following local businesses and organizations for supporting our annual RSVP Recognition Event in Eau Claire County: Bowl Winkle’s, Chaos Waterpark, Corporation for National & Community Service, Festival Foods, Florian Gardens, Houligan’s Steak & Seafood Pub, Micon Cinemas, Scheels, Visit Eau Claire, Walmart, and Western Dairyland RSVP.

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RSVP Advisory Council

Don’t mind driving? Volunteer drivers are needed to provide safe & reliable transportation for seniors and/or clients who have no other way to get to medical appointments. Mileage reimbursement available. If you are interested in any of these featured volunteer opportunities or others not currently listed, please call the RSVP office at 715-985-2391 Ext 1205. Western Technical College Put your knowledge to use….multitude of available volunteer opportunities! 1). Project Proven– Looking for volunteers to provide transportation to individuals for job interviews in Trempealeau County (possibly Jackson County). May be able to receive travel reimbursement. 2). English Language Learning/Goal Program– Flexible volunteer opportunity! (Morning/evening hours) assisting individuals with English language development & preparing for college entrance exams, & obtaining a HSED/GED. 3). Higher Level Math Tutors– Volunteers are needed to assist individuals who need tutoring for G.E.D. & Post Secondary College Entrance Exams 4). Computer Classes for Seniors– Searching for individuals to teach basic computer & navigation skills including email and social media such as Facebook. 5). Literacy for Inmates– Seeking individuals to assist inmates with basic literacy skills at the Trempealeau County Jail.

Take Action! Be the voice for your county! If you like to provide ideas & feedback this is the opportunity for you. RSVP is currently seeking Advisory Council Members for Eau Claire & Jackson Counties.

RSVP Volunteer Caregiver Project Rewarding & Flexible! Older adults in Trempealeau County are seeking companionship & practical assistance in their home. This opportunity is very flexible regarding the hours and the requests for services varies from light housekeeping to friendly visits/phone calls, etc.

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CIMA Supplemental Insurance for RSVP Volunteers


When you complete an RSVP registration to become a volunteer, you receive supplemental insurance at no cost to you for as long as you are an active RSVP volunteer. Although you do not expect anything to occur while volunteering, it can happen. When you signed up to become an RSVP volunteer you should have received the brochure for CIMA Insurance outlining the coverage, providing answers to frequently asked questions, and contact information. Below is a summary of benefits. Excess Accident Medical Coverage This coverage is in excess of Medicare and any other insurance that you have in place. The excess accident medical coverage will pay up to $50,000 for medical treatment, hospitalization and licensed nursing care required as the result of a covered accident. The insurance applies while you are traveling directly to and from, and while you are participating in, volunteer-related activities. Initial medical expenses must be incurred within 60 days of the accident. Expenses are then covered for a one-year period following the accident. Other than X-rays, dental care is covered up to $500 per tooth for accidental injury to teeth and repair of dentures. Max benefit $900/accident. This coverage also provides up to $50 for repair or replacement of eyeglass frames and up to $50 for repair/replacement of eyeglass prescription lenses damage as a result of a covered accident. The maximum payment under this coverage, including dental and eyeglass expenses, is $50,000. This insurance does not duplicate benefits payable under Medicare or any other valid and collectible insurance coverage. Accidental Death & Dismemberment Coverage In addition to the accident medical coverage, the underwriter will pay benefits for death or loss of limb or sight, occurring within one year as a result of a covered accident. Excess Volunteer Liability Insurance All registered RSVP volunteers (collectively) of an organization are provided with excess volunteer liability insurance at a limit of $1,000,000 per occurrence (subject to an annual aggregate for each named organization.) This policy provides protection if you are liable for bodily injury or property damage arising out of the performance of your duties. This coverage is in excess of an noncontributing with any other valid and collectible insurance you may have.

Excess Automobile Liability Insurance This coverage provides and extra layer of protection for you as a registered volunteer driver while performing your duties. This insurance applies only after your own insurance is exhausted, or the policy’s retention has been exceeded. You are protected for bodily injury or property damage claims arising out of your activities (including driving directly between your home and workstation). The liability policy is written at a combined single limit (including both bodily injury & property damage) of $500,000 each accident. This insurance is in excess of the greater of: A). $50,000 each accident, B). An amount equal to the applicable limits of liability of any other collectible insurance; or C). An Amount equal to the minimum limit of liability required under the motor vehicle financial responsibilities laws of the state in which the accident occurs. It is important to remember that you must maintain your own auto liability coverage at least equal to the state-required minimums. Also, please remember that this coverage does not apply to any damage to your vehicle. A complete listing of the exclusions is included in the insurance policy details, available at www.cimaworld.com.

If you have any questions regarding this supplemental insurance, please call CIMA at 800-468-4200 or the RSVP office at 715-985-2391 Ext 1205.

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Are you 55 or older? Could you use a little extra income? Do you live in Trempealeau County? Able to work 20 hours per week? If you answered yes to the questions above, you may qualify to join our team at Cents & Sensibility. (Western Dairyland’s Non Profit Thrift Store in Independence).

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Coloring books and

coloring pages for adults are extremely therapeutic and can help generate wellness, quietness, mindfulness and the exact same benefits which meditation imparts on the brain. Read more at: http://goo.gl/n1r4Lq

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United Health Group commissioned a national survey of 3,351 adults and found that the overwhelming majority of participants reported feeling mentally and physically healthier after a volunteer experience. ·

76 % of people who volunteered in the last 12 months said that volunteering has made them feel healthier


94 % of people who volunteered in the last twelve months said that volunteering improved their mood


78 % of them said that volunteering lowered their stress levels


96 % reported that volunteering enriched their sense of purpose in life


80 % of them feel like they have control over their health


About a quarter of them reported that their volunteer work has helped them manage a chronic illness by keeping them active and taking their minds off of their own problems


Volunteers have better personal scores than non-volunteers on nine well-established measures of emotional well-being including personal independence, capacity for rich interpersonal relationships and overall satisfaction with life.


Volunteering also improved their self-esteem * See more at: http://goo.gl/a0kU5F National Survey Results: Volunteerism- How Wisconsin Ranks

Wisconsin ranked third in the country in the percentage of residents who gave their time to others in 2014. The report from the Washington, D.C.-based Corporation for National & Community Service has only Utah and Idaho ahead of the Badger State. In recent years, Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota have consistently been in the top 10 of states for volunteering, and 2014 is no exception. The survey said more than 1.5 million Wisconsin residents spent some time volunteering last year, 35.4 percent of people giving an estimated $3.4 billion of service. * See more at: http://goo.gl/QDx4qB

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Reasons for Assigning a Power of Attorney 1. If you lose the ability to make your own healthcare decisions and haven’t selected someone to do so ahead of time, no one can make them for you. 2. By selecting a power of attorney ahead of time YOU choose the individual making the decisions in the event you are not able to make them yourself. 3. When you complete a power of attorney ahead of time, you have the ability to select the health care providers you do or do not want. 4. Having a power of attorney done makes it easier for your family because they will not have to wonder what it is you would have wanted and/or if they have made the right decisions. 5. Decisions will be made a lot quicker when you have the power of attorney completed because you will not have to wait for a court to appoint a guardian. 6. Completing a power of attorney will typically avoid the need for guardianship. This can save money, time and energy. 7. When you appoint someone to make decisions for you they have more flexibility and freedom than a guardian. 8. By completing a power of attorney YOU are selecting someone to make decisions for you when you cannot, typically avoiding family disagreements. This allows you to specify what and/or when you do and do not want in the paperwork and the person you assign is responsible for communicating this for you. If you do not have this in place, family members are left to determine what you want or pay an attorney to have a court decide.

9. If you use the state form, then completing the power of attorney form is free. If you do not complete the form and a guardianship is needed there may be a substantial cost. 10. The form from the state is easy to obtain. You can get the form from the following places: ·

Contact the Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources, Inc. at 855-409-9410


guardian@gwaar.org or www.gwaar.org

· Wisconsin Department of Health Services Website: http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/forms/ advdirectives/index.htm

*See more at: http://goo.gl/p6tCNU


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