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RSVP Program– Pepin County Expansion

July/August 2017

The Western Dairyland RSVP Program is proud to announce that we have expanded our service area. As of September 1st, 2017, we are now able to serve Pepin County. Through a competitive grant application process, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) awarded Senior Corps RSVP funding to support senior volunteer service in 50 new communities across the country. These grants were awarded to nonprofits and community agencies to expand RSVP’s presence in areas previously unserved by Senior Corps RSVP programs. In Wisconsin, there were only three organizations that were awarded funding. Those awarded included Interfaith Caregivers in West Bend , which will provide service in Washington County and Interfaith Caregivers in Grafton will serve Ozaukee County. We are very proud that we were selected to support RSVP Volunteer Service in Pepin County. Nationally, some states did not receive any funding. That just goes to show that Wisconsin Senior Corp Programs are operating quality programs and are being recognized. Our focus area in Pepin County is Healthy Futures which encompasses independent living and food distribution services.

Established in 1971, RSVP engages Americans age 55 and older in citizen service that addresses the nation’s most pressing challenges -- everything from fighting the opioid epidemic, reducing crime and reviving cities, connecting veterans to jobs and benefits, preparing today’s students for tomorrow’s jobs, ensuring seniors age independently and with dignity, and help Americans rebuild their lives following a disaster. The RSVP projects awarded will leverage the experience and skills of more than 7,700 Senior Corps RSVP volunteers who will serve in schools, veteran’s organizations and disaster service initiatives. Grantees will address a variety of local issues and provide support services for disaster response, early childhood education, veterans and military families, homebound adults and caregivers, substance abuse prevention, and more. * See more at: https://goo.gl/J9zWks



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 RSVP Program Assistant Erika Hobbs 715-985-2391 Ext. 1232 Erika.hobbs@wdeoc.org

Welcome New Volunteers!! Janet Perkovich Ann Louise Suchy Michael Matera Betsy Kujak Joan Fetting Jean Kulig Dean Boehne Robert Wozney

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.

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



Senior Corps and Americorps members serve in

nearly 12,000 schools, including 1 out of every 4 low-performing schools and 1 out of every 10 charter schools.

At the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), we believe that all students can thrive when given the chance and we have a simple strategy: Create the conditions that make children and youth want to learn, and give them the opportunity to achieve. Strategies that help students learn include extended-day and school-year programs, tutoring, mentoring, family involvement, and teacher support. They also involve service-learning opportunities that give students the chance to experience meaningful lessons that teach them about their world inside and outside the school’s classrooms or campus. National service programs are also cost-effective and they deliver results. Rigorous independent evaluations have demonstrated that CNCS programs: improve school readiness, increase reading and math achievement, improve school attendance and behavior, and increase access to college and careers. We connect caring, capable people with students who benefit from their time and personal attention. National service has helped millions of people serve to help millions of students succeed from pre-K to college. The RSVP Program has several partnering sites that are schools. If you are interested in learning more about making an impact in a school near you, please give us a call so we can get you connected right away. We are always willing to assist you to find the volunteer opportunity that works best with your schedule and fits your individual interests. Call 715-985-2391 Ext 1205 today! *See more at: https://goo.gl/gytwJv



Trempealeau County RSVP Volunteers were honored at the Arcadia Country Club on July 11th, 2017. Over 90 volunteers were in attendance to enjoy a great meal, conversation, and wonderful raffle prizes.

The following local businesses & organizations made the RSVP Recognition Event possible - Thank you! ADRC of Trempealeau County, Arcadia Credit Union, Ashley Furniture Industries, Badgerland Financial, Blair Pharmacy, Co-op Credit Union, Corporations for National & Community Service, Edison Funeral Home, Independence State Bank, Kwik Trip, Inc., Matthews Family Dental, Milwaukee Brewers, Norske Nook, Pat’s Market, Pilgrim’s Pride, Riverland Energy Co-op, Royal Credit Union, Scheels, Sullivan’s Supper Club, Sweet Temptations LLC., Trempealeau County Times, Tri-County Communications, Western Dairyland RSVP Program, Whitehall Specialties Inc., and the Wozney-Killian Funeral Home.

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On August 2nd, over 70 RSVP volunteers gathered at the Florian Gardens for the annual RSVP Volunteer Recognition Event. Volunteers enjoyed a wonderful meal, raffle and great conversation.

A special thank you to the following businesses & organizations for supporting our annual RSVP Recognition Event: AMC Classic Oakwood 12, Bowl Winkle’s, Corporation for National & Community Service, Festival Foods, Florian Gardens, Houligan’s Steak & Seafood Pub, Infinity Beverages, Panera Bread, Kwik Trip, Inc., Scheels, Tangled Up in Hue, Visit Eau Claire, Western Dairyland RSVP, and Woodman’s Markets.

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CommUNITY Food Pantry (Arcadia)- Volunteers are currently needed to assist with unloading the Feed My People truck and setting up tables from 1:30 until 2:30 on the 4th Thursday of each month. Volunteers are also needed for distribution between 3:30 –5:00. This is a great opportunity with very little time commitment and provides huge impact by helping others in need. Dove Healthcare (Eau Claire) - A resident at Dove Healthcare is looking for someone to play Bridge. As you know, it takes 4 to play! We are seeking at least 3 volunteers to come in a minimum of once per month.

RSVP Volunteer Caregiver Project (Trempealeau County): If you have as little as 1 hour a week, you could make a difference in someone’s life! Volunteers are needed to provide practical assistance to elderly and/or disabled individuals. This includes friendly phone calls and/or visits, light housekeeping, transportation, or etc. Some circumstances may vary. You choose what you would like to do and when you are available to provide assistance. Clients are matched with volunteer caregivers based on several criteria. Tax Assistance (Trempealeau County): Interested in a short-term volunteer opportunity? Tax Aides are needed to assist with individual tax preparation. The season usually begins in January and includes 3-day training in La Crosse. Tax Assistance (Jackson County): Short-term volunteer opportunity beginning in January in Jackson County assisting with individual tax preparation.

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another person.” Fred Rogers

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“Stuff” can be a problem if you are a senior planning to move. Because whether the move is immediate, or just on the distant horizon, you will need to formulate a system for clearing the deck. First of all, do not apologize or feel badly. You are in good company. It seems to be part of the American condition to wallow in more than we need. But in the last decade or two of our lives, we have a chance to make it right. Attack the “overweight” corners of your home first, such as junk drawers, bathroom cabinets, kitchen pantries, closets, craft rooms, garages, attics and basements. When eyeing the excess, be ruthless. (Often it helps to have a friend with you who will not allow you to deceive yourself).

Initiate your overview utilizing brightly colored, adhesive dots available at any office supply. That way you don’t have to move and segregate anything. Just dot the items in place – “stuff” on shelves, wall décor, lamps, furniture, tools and even rugs. Here are the filters to apply that will help you with your decision making: 1st – mark those items with yellow dots that you know in your knower you will be keeping for either sentimental or utilitarian reasons 2nd – get the family to step up and identify, or better yet, pick up the items they want. Different siblings can be assigned different colors. 3rd – There will probably be items to sell to help offset the cost of moving, so mark those items with green dots for the color of money and arrange for a dealer to assess their value 4th – The rest should be donated or trashed. Remember, every home has “stuff” that no one else wants. See more at: https://goo.gl/Ezcqey

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Hasselback Apples

Ingredients: 2 Lg apples, peeled, cored, & halved vertically (works best with Pink Lady or Honeycrisp) Cooking Spray 4 TBSP Brown Sugar, divided 2 1/2 TBSP Butter, melted & divided 3/4 TSP Ground Cinnamon, divided 2 TBSP Old-fashioned Rolled Oats 1 TSP Kosher Salt 1 1/2 C Low-fat Vanilla Ice Cream

Directions: Step 1: Preheat oven to 400 degrees Step 2: Starting at the outermost edges, cut most (but not all) of the way through each apple half at 1/8-inch intervals. Place apple halves, cut sides down, in an 8-inch square glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray. Combine 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 tablespoon butter, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon; brush mixture evenly over apple. Step 3: Combine remaining 3 tablespoons sugar, remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, remaining Ÿ teaspoon cinnamon, oats, flour, and salt. Carefully fan open apple halves. Spoon oat mixture evenly over apples. Bake at 400° for 10 minutes. Turn broiler to high (leave pan in oven); broil 2 minutes. Serve with ice cream. Make Ahead Tip: Cook apples in advance, but hold off on step 4. Cool and refrigerate baked apples until ready to serve; then top with streusel and bake as directed. *See more at: https://goo.gl/4TZkfE


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 and Trempealeau counties.


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July August 2017 RSVP Newsletter  

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

July August 2017 RSVP Newsletter  

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