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RSVP Volunteers Making a Difference for Generations

March/April 2019

If you happen to visit RSVP partnering site, Alma Area School District, chances are you will see many RSVP volunteers giving their time and sharing their talents on any given day. Some volunteers are there to offer individualized assistance to students in need, help teachers with lesson plan materials or other general tasks, and assist the school with their monthly newsletter. No matter what RSVP volunteers are there to do, it provides a great service to the school and impacts each student tremendously. The Alma Area School District in Alma is a welcoming place for anyone who walks through their doors, especially RSVP volunteers. Throughout the halls you can see the artwork of the students proudly displayed. RSVP volunteer Nancy Quarberg glowed as she pointed out the projects that she helped prepare for the students. She volunteers for the Kindergarten and 3rd grade classes on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday’s in the mornings. Nancy provides individualized or small group assistance to children in their classroom. Nancy helps the teachers prepare items for their art projects. She also works with children in small groups, helping them with math and language arts. Kindergarten teacher, Pam Oie, stated, as tears of gratitude welled up in her eyes, having a RSVP volunteer ‘means everything to her’. She said, “It saves me countless hours of prep work by getting materials ready for work centers.” On Wednesdays, she typically works with any children needing extra assistance. While visiting the school, we had the opportunity to observe Nancy in action interacting with students. It was definitely a treat to see the relationships between Nancy, school staff, and the various students receiving the assistance from Nancy in order to exceed in school. It is clear that the Alma School District staff appreciate Nancy and all of the other RSVP volunteers who are at the school. Nancy has been an RSVP volunteer for six years and solely volunteers at the Alma Area School District. She worked there for ten years as a paraprofessional and she still substitutes in that position to this day. During her time working at the school, she was a paraprofessional in the Pre-K classroom for four of those years. For Nancy, it was a perfect transition to volunteer at the school after fully retiring in 2011. In her spare time, Nancy enjoys sewing and painting. On the day we visited the school, she showed us a sweatshirt that she had designed, incorporating two different local schools’ sport teams. Nancy shared that her mother was a former RSVP member volunteering as a cook for 11 years at [what is presently named] The Home Place in Mondovi. 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 PO Box 125 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 Suiter 715-985-2391 Ext. 1232 Erika.hobbs@wdeoc.org Mary Back 715-985-2391 Ext. 1207 Mary.back@wdeoc.org

Welcome New Volunteers!! Jan Eckles Lois Bahnub Betty Lund Doreen Olson Daniel Dehmer Debra Goehring Lee Goehring Kathleen Rowekamp Wilma Kauffman

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, 1207 or 1232.

We look forward to hearing from you!

RSVP Volunteers Making a Difference for Generations


Continued from Page 1... Nancy’s husband was also connected to the school district; he was a bus driver for 25 years, but is now retired. Nancy shared that she started out after retirement volunteering slowly. This allowed her to be home with her husband, who had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Nancy stated that when her husband entered the nursing home, she decided to volunteer more often. She said, “It gave me an opportunity to do something positive.” Nancy states that volunteering for the school is very rewarding. It is wonderful to see the transformation in the students’ confidence after she has worked with them. Nancy mentioned a few different situations where she was working 1-on-1 with students and the impact it has made as a whole for the children. When she sees a student progress in the school, the growth of the student both academically and socially is evident. Their personality has a chance to blossom; a child that was once apprehensive turns bubbly and more outgoing. Currently, she is tutoring two boys in math. Nancy works with them on several math activities and enjoys how much they improve with each session. DeeDee Johnson, Elementary Secretary, states that the Alma Area School District values their volunteers. RSVP volunteers also save DeeDee a lot a time, allowing her to complete other important tasks. Some RSVP volunteers work on the newsletter for the school and they all enjoy their time there, catching up with one another and socializing. DeeDee said, “We love our volunteers! They give our students a little extra attention that isn’t always possible; helping the parents and this school.” The Elementary Principal, Jane Bremer, agrees. She said, “The RSVP volunteers contribute to the success of our school.” The Western Dairyland RSVP office appreciates the Alma Area School District as a partnering site. It is easy to see that the school staff understands that RSVP volunteers are an integral part of the school and utilizes them in order to be at their very best. This benefits the school, each RSVP volunteer, and the community. When Nancy was asked about what she would tell others who may be thinking about volunteering, she said, “We always need more people to join the group as a volunteer.” If you are interested in becoming an RSVP volunteer, or are an existing RSVP volunteer, and are interested in learning more about the many flexible opportunities at the Alma Area School District, please call 715-985-2391 Ext. 1205.



Neighborhood Food Pantry-Millston (Jackson County): Volunteer coordinator needed for the Millston food distribution site. The volunteer would be responsible for picking up food from Brockway on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 8 am to go to the Millston site. The volunteer would then put out the food & distribute food to participants from 9-10 am. The volunteer would then return any leftover food to Brockway. Commitment of once per month.

Volunteer Drivers (Jackson County): Volunteers are needed in Jackson County to drive individuals in need to medical appointments. The Veterans Service office is looking for volunteers to drive veterans to appointments. This is a very flexible opportunity; both substitute and regular drivers are needed. Volunteers are not required to transfer individuals, lift wheelchairs or other mobility equipment. Individuals are matched based on location and volunteer availability.

The Jackson County ADRC is also seeking volunteers to transport individuals to medical appointments. This is also a very flexible opportunity; snow birds welcome! Cents & Sensibility Thrift Store (Independence) :

Do you like to organize and/or multi-task? If so, this volunteer opportunity is for you! Volunteers are needed to help staff process donations, steam clothing to be hung on clothing racks, laundering items, and basic organizing throughout the store.

Please call today to learn more about how you can help Cents & Sensibility continue to positively impact local communities! Neighborhood Food Pantry- Brockway (Jackson County): The pantry is seeking a volunteer to contact local sources and businesses to secure personal hygiene product donations. The volunteer would then be responsible for receiving the donations, bringing them Brockway and organizing them in the designated cabinet at the pantry.

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Gundersen Tri–County- Whitehall: Bird House Cleaning: Volunteer needed to wash windows & clean bottom of the bird enclosure, & provide them with fresh food & water. Commitment of 1-2 times per week.


Volunteer(s) needed to register food pantry participants and help with the bookwork. Volunteers are also needed to help stock shelves with food and to place food in bags for participants on distribution day.

Activities: A volunteer is also needed to order meat from Falls Meat Volunteers are also needed to assist nursing Market in Pigeon Falls, pick up and place in freezer at the home residents with 1-on–1 activities, as well as pantry in Whitehall. reading & visiting with residents. Volunteers are needed to play Whist with interested residents. Please call us for additional details regarding this volunteer opportunity. Call us to get started with one of these rewarding volunteer opportunities! RSVP is seeking volunteers in Buffalo, Eau Claire, Jackson, & Pepin counties): The RSVP Program is looking for members in several counties to join us . Volunteers meet in Independence Western Dairyland 1-3 pm, 3 times/year. Meetings are typically held in April, July, & October. Members share ideas, county updates as well as discuss the needs of your communities/ county. Call to learn more!

Neighborhood Food PantryBrockway (Jackson County): The Brockway food distribution site is looking for a volunteer to deliver 30 food bags to a local apartment building once per month on the 2nd Tuesday in the morning.

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Wisconsin Highlights 1,718,821 volunteers contribute 164.3 million hours of service 37.4% of residents volunteer, ranking them 12th among states Volunteer service worth an estimated $3.9 billion 99.4% of residents regularly talk or spend time with friends and family 59.6% of residents do favors for neighbors 19.7% of residents do something positive for the neighborhood 35.8% of residents participate in local groups or organizations 57.1% of residents donate $25 or more to charity Find more statistics at: https://www.nationalservice.gov/



It’s the seventh-annual National Service Recognition Day on April 2, 2019.

Thank you RSVP volunteers for being a part of National Service!! National Service Recognition Day provides a unique opportunity for thousands of local leaders across the country to honor their local AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers by participating in recognition events, issuing official proclamations, and taking to social media in a nationwide show of appreciation. ss ss

Last year, more than 5,200 city, county, and tribal leaders across the country – representing more than 216 million Americans - united in support of national service!


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Do you like to quilt, create tie blankets or shop for children in need? If any of those activities caught your eye, WE NEED YOU!! The RSVP Birthday Box project continues to grow! Last year, RSVP provided over 360 children in Buffalo, Eau Claire, Jackson, and Trempealeau counties with a birthday box. We are desperately in need of items to include in a box. In addition to quilts, we are always seeking small gifts (Barbie, Hot Wheels, gift cards, puzzles, games, non-expired cake mixes & frostings, as well as plates & napkins. We are also in need of copy paper boxes with lids for our RSVP volunteers to wrap & fill. If you are able to help our special project in any way by making a donation, please drop off items at either the Western Dairyland office in Eau Claire (418 Wisconsin St.) or the main office in Independence (23122 Whitehall Rd). Make sure to specify that your donation is specifically for the RSVP Birthday Box Project. All donation are tax deductible. You are also welcome to call the RSVP office in Independence to make arrangements for pick up at: 715-+985-2391 Ext. 1207 or 1232.

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How Older Adults Can Avoid Cabin Fever When seniors are indoors for too long, they can experience “cabin fever” which can lead to symptoms of restlessness and unhappiness. Making a real effort to leave your home as much as possible can help avoid cabin fever. Here are several tips on how older adults can enjoy a fulfilling lifestyle and ensure that they aren’t stuck at home for long periods of time. Seniors should follow these tips to avoid getting cabin fever so they can enjoy a higher quality of life.

Schedule a Social Activity Each Week: Senior citizens must make socialization a priority if they would like to avoid cabin fever. By scheduling a fun social activity outside of their home each week, they will have a reason to go out. Whether they have dinner with a grandchild every Tuesday or go to a movie with a friend every Thursday, scheduling a social activity will force them to leave their home. Volunteering is also a great way to be active and contribute to your community. Walk Around the Neighborhood: Home care senior providers encourage older adults to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day by walking around the neighborhood. Daily neighborhood walks will give you the opportunity to enjoy the fresh air. It may also improve your strength and flexibility while making it easier for you to maintain a healthy BMI. Allow for Natural Light: One of the main reasons seniors suffer from cabin fever is because their home does not have enough natural light. For this reason, home care senior professionals or the homeowner should open the blinds and curtains in their home to allow sunlight to enter. It can help improve your mood and make you feel like you are outdoors. Run Errands: Going to the grocery store, bank, and drug store may seem like boring chores but they are actually great for seniors who need an excuse to leave their house. It’s a good idea to dedicate each day of the week to a different errand so that older adults are out and about at least once a day. For example, on Wednesday, they can buy groceries, on Thursday, they can pick up a package at the post office, and on Friday, they can get their nails done or go for a haircut or massage. *See more at: https://bit.ly/2F7EMN0

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Tortellini Primavera Ingredients: 1 lb. Cheese Tortellini 2 Tbsp. Salted Butter 3 Cloves Garlic, minced 1 Medium Onion, diced 1 C. Cauliflower Florets (broken into small pieces) 3 Carrots, peeled and diced 1 Bunch of Asparagus 1 C. Chicken Broth 1 C. Grated Parmesan, more for serving Level: Easy

Prep Time: 35 min

Yield: 6 servings

2/3 C. Heavy Cream 1 C. Frozen Peas 1 C. Diced Cooked Ham

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Salt & Freshly Ground Black Pepper, to taste A Ree Drummond Recipe….Yum!

12 Fresh Basil Leaves, chopped; more for serving

1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Cook the tortellini in the boiling water for a couple of minutes less than the package directions call for. Drain and set aside. 2. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and onions and stir and cook for 1 minute. Add the cauliflower, carrots and asparagus and stir and cook 1 minute. Splash in the broth, then cook until the liquid reduces a bit, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the Parmesan and cream and cook until hot. Stir in the peas, ham and some salt and pepper and continue cooking to allow the peas and ham to heat up in the sauce. Add the basil and heat; stir in the tortellini. Check for seasoning, adding more if needed, and serve with extra Parmesan and basil. Independent Living Solutions Certified Age-In-Place Specialist

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


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