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RSVP Partnering Site-Buffalo County Food Pantry

July/August 2018

Upon arrival at the Buffalo County Up Food Pantry, you will see some pantry pa participants visiting amongst themselves. Buffalo County is largely rural and sometimes the food pantry is the only outlet for participants to socialize. Others sift through the tables of clothing, housewares, and other beneficial items available for them at no cost. The pantry is a resource that Buffalo County residents can count on to help th them make ends meet and to address food security issues. The food pantry and (TEFAP) temporary emergency food assistance site is open the third Thursday of each month from 1-3 pm. There is a lot of coordination that is ne needed in order for the pantry to operate as efficiently as it does. A few Pictured: Buffalo County RSVP Food Pantry Coordinators years back, Wayne and LuAnn Babros Wayne & Luann Babros contacted the RSVP Program to express an interest in taking a lead role and coordinating the food pantry. LuAnn and Wayne had lived in Colorado Springs for over thirty years. Five years ago, they decided to move back to Buffalo County in order to take care of LuAnn’s dad and brother, Chuck, who is also a RSVP volunteer at the food pantry. LuAnn started helping out at the pantry because it gave her the opportunity to fill in where there was a need. When the previous food pantry coordinator exited, it left an opening. LuAnn said, “The timing was right for us to take over the pantry.” LuAnn has felt a connection with the pantry because her dad, a former RSVP Volunteer, worked hard and contributed a lot to the pantry during his time there. Wayne added that he and LuAnn know the RSVP volunteers by name and have developed personal relationships with them.

Wayne and LuAnn make a great team in regards to pantry operations. LuAnn takes care of the reports and general paperwork while Wayne is responsible for ordering and food management. Wayne states, “The pantry is going very well. We have a great group of volunteers and we couldn’t operate the pantry without them.” On average, the Buffalo County Food Pantry serves 70-90 households per month.” Together they make an impact along with a great group of RSVP volunteers. Wayne enjoys his role as a pantry coordinator. He likes to see the smiling faces of the pantry participants when they see what the pantry has to offer them for food. If an individual or family comes to the pantry, Wayne says, “We take care of them.” Wayne takes pride and has developed relationships with the participants. He feels that it is important to know the community and be in a position to help food pantry participants get enough food to eat. Wayne and Luann rely on a group of dedicated RSVP Volunteers to ensure that food pantry participants are treated with respect. 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 Erika.hobbs@wdeoc.org

Welcome New Volunteers! Kathy Bartilson

Susan Moen

Marlene James

Marlene Lisowski

Theresa Pierzina

Brenda Shefelbine

James Paider

Toni Johnson

Thank you for joining RSVP!

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



Continued from Page 1... RSVP volunteer Elroy Brommer worked many years as a crane operator for fifty years when he retired and began volunteering at the Buffalo County Food Pantry. He really liked his job and didn’t mind when Monday rolled around again. It is the same now, but in regards to volunteering instead. Elroy ‘enjoys coming in and looks forward to it.’ Don Moats, another RSVP volunteer, was previously a middle and high-school teacher. He also worked in maintenance at UW Stout prior to retiring. His greatest reason for volunteering is that he gets to help people in need and he enjoys working with other volunteers. He has been volunteering at the pantry for ten years and stated that it is a real enjoyable experience. Every individual has strengths that can be utilized by volunteering in their community. We would love the opportunity to talk with you regarding the variety of volunteer opportunities the RSVP Program has to offer. Our goal is to match individuals with a site that fits their interests and availability allowing them to make an impact where there is a need. If you would like to become an RSVP volunteer at the Buffalo County Food Pantry in Alma, or one of the other partnering sites, please give us a call at 715-985-2391 ext. 1205.

These RSVP Volunteers all have a place at the pantry…..Where would you fit in?



On Thursday, July 12th, Trempealeau County RSVP volunteers gathered at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Arcadia to celebrate their volunteer service. Volunteers enjoyed visiting, sharing a delicious meal, and winning fantastic raffle prizes donated by local businesses to thank them for their volunteer service.

ADRC of Trempealeau County


Sullivan’s Supper Club

Arcadia Credit Union

Osseo Chiropractic & Health Center

Sunflower Café

Ashley Furniture Industries

Pat’s Market

Trempealeau County Times

Edison Funeral Home

Pilgrim’s Pride

Tulips & Treasures

Fimreite’s Sunset Gardens

Riverland Energy Cooperative

Tri-County Communications

Independence State Bank

Royal Credit Union

Western Dairyland RSVP

Kwik Trip Inc.

Scheels All Sports

Wozney Killian Funeral Home

Matthews Family Dental

Corporation for National & Community Service

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Western Dairyland, Independence, WI

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40214 S Ekern Avenue Pigeon Falls, WI 54760 • 715-953-2295

Charlie Tiffany, Managing Broker and Auctioneer 392 Red Cedar St. #3 | Menomonie, WI 54751 office 715-838-2136 | cell 715-495-1022

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Bank of Augusta 1214 West Lincoln St P.O. Box 410 Augusta, WI 54722 715-286-4444

Bank of Whitehall 36328 Main St. P.O. Box 37 Whitehall, WI 54773 715-538-1500


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Volunteer Drivers (Jackson County): Do you like to drive? If so, this opportunity is for you! Volunteer drivers are needed to transport Veterans to medical appointments roundtrip. Drivers must be available weekdays but the schedule is flexible. Trips are typically to Tomah, La Crosse, Eau Claire with infrequent trips to the Madison VA. Drivers may need to lift a walker occasionally. Volunteer must have their own reliable vehicle, proof of insurance, and a valid/current driver’s license. The Veteran’s Transportation Program pays $.54/mile. Volunteer Drivers (Jackson County): Volunteer Drivers are also needed in the Black River Falls area to transport seniors and individuals with disabilities to local medical appointments. Trempealeau County ADRC (Home Delivered Meals): Volunteers are needed to deliver meals to individuals throughout Trempealeau County. You can choose to drive as little as once/week to five days/ week– you choose your route and time commitment! A typical route is from 10-1pm, although times do vary. If you would like to work your way into this opportunity, back-up drivers are also needed in the event a current driver cannot make it due to illness or vacation. Drivers are reimbursed .535/mile. Dining Site Managers (Trempealeau County): Volunteer is responsible for greeting participants, assisting participants with registering for their meal by showing them where to write their name and put their donation. Volunteers would participate in an annual training with the ADRC staff (paid for the by the ADRC) once per year, and required to inform the ADRC staff of any feedback/concerns from participants.

Site managers are needed at the following locations: Sunflower Café in Whitehall: Monday—Friday 11:30-12:30 pm Rainbow Restaurant in Blair: Monday—Friday 11:30-12:30 pm Dove Healthcare in Osseo: Monday—Friday 11-1 pm Boondocks in Galesville: Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday 11-1 pm Pammy K’s in Eleva: Thursdays from 5-6 pm

We are your choice for Long-Term Care for Seniors and adults with disabilities. Helping you remain safe,

Contact Dan Page to place an ad today! dpage@4LPi.com or (800) 950-9952 x5875

independent, and active in your community.

1-877-489-3814 www.mychoicefamilycare.org

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Western Dairyland, Independence, WI

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RSVP Volunteer Caregiver Project (Trempealeau County): Got an hour? The volunteer caregiver project has several openings in Trempealeau County. If you are interested in helping individuals stay in their home & maintain their independence, then this is the opportunity for you! We are currently seeking volunteers to provide assistance to individuals in Arcadia (3), Blair (1), a couple in Strum, & a woman in Osseo. Most requests are for friendly visiting and light cleaning. Please call today to learn more about the unique needs of the care receivers in your area! Atrium Post Acute Care (Black River Falls): Do you like fun and games? Are you looking for something to do outside of your home? Atrium is currently seeking volunteers to assist with programs, transport residents to/from programs as well as 1-on-1 visiting. RSVP Program Advisory Council Members: Your opinion matters; let your voice be heard! RSVP is seeking Advisory Council members in Buffalo, Eau Claire, & Pepin counties. Call today to learn more about what your role as an RSVP Advisory Council member could be! American Red Crosse (Altoona): A volunteer is needed to perform building inspections as well as general basic interior and exterior maintenance. The hours are flexible- 1 day per week during regular business hours. Orientation provided by American Red Cross and includes 1-on-1 operations training. American Red Cross (Eau Claire): Looking to utilize your customer service skills or gain new skills? The Red Cross is seeking a Donor Ambassador to welcome, greet donors & provide general assistance throughout the blood donation process. The volunteer would also place reminder calls, re-schedule appointments, completing follow ups as needed & attending to donors in the hospitality area to ensure they are recognized for their contribution. Orientation provided by the Red Cross. If you are interested in volunteering, call us for a more detailed description of the volunteer opportunities.

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Western Dairyland, Independence, WI

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Eau Claire County RSVP volunteers were celebrated on Wednesday, August 1st at the Florian Gardens in Eau Claire. RSVP volunteers were able to enjoy a wonderful meal, great raffle prizes from local businesses, and a walk through the beautiful gardens at the event venue after the recognition program.

Action City


AMC Classic Oakwood 12

Micon Cinemas

Cold Stone Creamery

Milwaukee Brewers


Scheel’s All Sports

Eau Claire Children’s Theatre

Sleep Inn & Suites Conf. Ctr.

Houligan’s Steak & Seafood Pub

Visit Eau Claire

Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts Western Dairyland RSVP Corporation for National & Community Service

MOJO’s Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Residential & Commercial Carpet & Upholstery Water Extractions Pet Urine Stain Removals Automobile Interiors Tile • Hard Surfaces

715-985-FAST or 715-530-0676

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Western Dairyland, Independence, WI

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Western Dairyland, Independence, WI


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HISTORY In 1952, the Wheat Flour Institute established August as National Sandwich Month. Newspapers across the country filled their pages with recipes fit for the Earl of Sandwich and picnics alike. The annual observance continues today. Below is a recipe that will allow you to use fresh vegetables AND celebrate National Sandwich/Panini Month. Enjoy!

Roasted Vegetable Panini Bites Ingredients: ·

2 slices rustic Italian bread


4 oz fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced


Roasted tomatoes


Roasted zucchini


Roasted asparagus


Roasted mushrooms


Fresh basil leaves


2 oz prosciutto

Makes: 2 servings

Directions: Place all ingredients between the two pieces of bread and press while grilling to create a delicious panini sandwich. Cut into bite-size servings.

Nutrition Facts: Per Serving: 322 calories; 20 g fat; 15.5 g carbohydrates; 18.9 g protein; 65 mg cholesterol; 844 mg sodium. *See more at: https://armagazine.com/2LX08QN

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Western Dairyland, Independence, WI

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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 20-28 hours per week? Funded by partnering agencies (SER National & Workforce Connections)

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 located in Independence).

Individuals must meet income guidelines.

Store Hours: Tuesday-Friday 11am-5pm; Saturday 9am-2pm

55+ but do not meet the income guidelines? Cents & Sensibility also has volunteer posi!ons available for interested individuals. Call RSVP to get started today! 715-985-2391 Ext. 1205


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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