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RSVP Partnering Site– London Square Apartments

May/June 2018

For over 20 years, the London Square sewing group consisting of RSVP volunteers in Eau Claire have been providing stuffed animal ‘friends’ for children at times when they need it most. Recipients are children who are experiencing medical hardships and benefit from extra comfort during their visit or stay. As of 2018, the

volunteers have used patterns to create, stuff, and sew over 13,000 different items! RSVP volunteer Lorraine Hansen has taken the lead for the sewing group since the beginning. In addition to Lorraine, RSVP volunteers Elaine, Blanche, Jenny, Irene, and Janet make up a very dedicated and talented group. Recently, Lorraine experienced sudden, but permanent, hearing loss. During our visit, Lorraine creatively used a white board and marker to communicate with us and others in the group. It is one of the RSVP programs goals to provide any individual 55+, including those with disabilities, with a meaningful volunteer opportunity that enables and encourages them to be active. We want volunteers to continue being involved in important projects, staying connected in their community as long as they want to be.

Pictured (left to right): RSVP Volunteers Elaine Schultz, Blanche Caton, Lorraine Hansen, Jenny Rouleau, Irene Henning, and Janet Andrews.

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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: RSVP Program Director Cheryl Padula 715-985-2391 Ext. 1205 RSVP Program Assistant Erika Hobbs 715-985-2391 Ext. 1232

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!

Welcome New Volunteers!! Sylvester Uwanaka Trudy Arrington

Carol Prissel

Patricia Seipel

Sharon Johnson

Char Boigenzahn

Daniel Richardson Patricia Montanye

Curt Oevering

Myrna Brantmeier Deanna Rippley

Sharon Bussard

Celine Brandon

Kim Brunkow

Gerald Rippley

Rolland Schearer

Rita Boland

Ben Buchholtz Jr.

Irene Schuh

Patty Slaby

Bev Walek

Shirley Buchholtz

Steven Schwartz

Salvatore Danna

Scott Steiner

Mary Kauffman

Mary Schwartz

Kate Manning

Kathy Oevering

Judy King

Peggy Switzer

Evelyn Pichler



Continued from Page 1... Scaling back their project a bit, the London Square sewing group has now decided to provide stuffed items for the RSVP Birthday Box Project, providing an extra surprise in a child’s birthday box. Currently, the birthday boxes contain plates/napkins, reading book, coloring book and crayons/markers (if 4+years), candles and balloons, birthday card, a small gift , and a quilt or blanket. These handmade items will be a great addition to the items other RSVP volunteers are already putting in each box. Last year, the Birthday Box Project provided boxes for over 300 children in need! The London Square sewing group is very excited to get started with this project. This addition will surely give a child another reason to smile!

If you are interested in learning about this or any other RSVP volunteer opportunity, we encourage you to give us a call at 715-985-2391 ext. 1205. You can also read about some of our other featured volunteer opportunities on pages 6 & 7 in this newsletter. London Square Apartment RSVP volunteers complete various stuffed animals and dolls. A lot of time and care goes into the making of each item.



In May, the RSVP Program kicked off its recognition event season with the very first ever recognition event for Pepin County RSVP Volunteers! (See page 5 for more information). The event for volunteers in Pepin County went very well and we look forward to celebrating many more! Coming up on July 12th in Arcadia at the Holy Family Catholic Church, we will be hosting the Trempealeau County RSVP volunteer recognition event alongside the ADRC. On Wednesday, August 1st, the Eau Claire County recognition event will take place at Florian Gardens in Eau Claire. Not too far behind, in September, we will hold the Jackson County recognition event at Skyline Golf Course. In October, we will host a recognition event for Buffalo County volunteers at the Waumandee House in Waumandee. We always look forward to each event, as it offers the opportunity for us to celebrate RSVP volunteers and the impact that RSVP volunteers make in their communities. It also gives volunteers time to reflect on their volunteer service, enjoy a great meal and raffle prize give-away. There is also an opportunity to meet new people and visit with other volunteers from their site. The RSVP Program takes great pride in each event and find joy in recognizing volunteer accomplishments, showing our appreciation for volunteers in each county. We hope to see you at an upcoming Recognition Event!

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On Monday, May 14th the RSVP Program hosted the first annual RSVP Volunteer Recognition Event, along with the Pepin County Aging Unit, at the Corral Bar & Riverside Grill in Durand. Pepin County volunteers came together to visit, share a great meal, and celebrate their volunteer service. Pepin County businesses donated prizes used for raffle prizes showing volunteers their service is valuable, demonstrating community support for volunteerism.

The following local businesses & organizations made the RSVP Recognition Event possible– Thank You! The Corporation for National & Community Service, Corral Bar & Riverside Grill, Durand Smokehouse, Eau Galle Cheese Factory, Heiki Pharmacy, McDonald’s, Pepin County Aging Unit, and the Western Dairyland RSVP Program.

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RSVP FEATURED VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Homeless Shelter (Eau Claire): Volunteers are needed to complete small repair projects, clean and/or launder items between clients. Homeless Shelter (Black River Falls): Western Dairyland’s Homeless Program is looking for volunteers to perform basic home repairs such as gluing drawers/furniture repair, installing fixtures, patching drywall, and shoveling/lawn care as needed. You pick what you are willing and able to do!

Dove Healthcare– West (Eau Claire): A carpenter or handy-person is needed to donate precut scrap wood and/or assist residents to construct a birdhouse or other woodworking projects for residents to donate to places within the Eau Claire area. RSVP Advisory Council (Buffalo, Eau Claire, & Pepin Counties): Do you love being involved in your community and have ideas to share? Would you like to be more involved in making a difference in your community? Come share your voice! The RSVP Program is currently seeking an additional Advisory Council member for Eau Claire and Buffalo counties and two members for Pepin County. The Advisory Council meets three times a year on the second Wednesday of the month at the Western Dairyland main office Annex Building located in Independence from 1-3 pm. Please call us today if you want to learn more about this volunteer opportunity! Atrium Post Acute Care (Black River Falls): Game on! Atrium is looking for a few volunteers to assist with activities, play cards with residents, provide assistance on outing, transporting residents, and serving coffee during the week or on Saturdays, and BINGO calking on Mondays as needed. You choose when you are available and what opportunities you are interested in. Call us to take part in this flexible and fun opportunity today!

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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) one time 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 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/week during regular business hours. Orientation provided by American Red Cross and includes one-on-one operations training.

American Red Cross (Eau Claire): Looking to utilize your customer service skills and/or gain new skills? The Red Cross is currently seeking a Donor Ambassador to welcome, greet donors and provide general assistance throughout the blood donation process. The volunteer would also be responsible for making reminder calls, re-scheduling appointments, completing follow ups as needed and 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 at the Red Cross, please give us a call today for a more detailed description for either of the featured Red Cross volunteer opportunities.

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Place all ingredients together in food processor. Blend well. Add salt and group pepper to taste. Spoon into a serving bowl. Pita Crisps Pita bread or tortillas Garlic salt or chicken stock Cooking spray 1. Cut tortillas and pita bread into bite sized pieces and separate pita bread at the fold. Place

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As an active RSVP volunteer, it is important that your volunteer hours are recorded at the site where you volunteer. Each site has either a sign up sheet or volunteer hour log to record hours. This is a very important part of volunteering. It is a communication tool for our RSVP office. It shows that you are an active volunteer. It also proves that you are currently active if you were to have an accident on the way to/from your volunteer site or while volunteering at your site. This enables the CIMA insurance to cover the accident above and beyond what your insurance covers. That coverage is provided to you at no cost just for being an active RSVP volunteer. Recording your hours is also important because it tells your story of service. The data collected is also used to identify needs in the community you serve. At the end of the month, each volunteer site supervisor will submit the sign-up sheet or hour log to the RSVP office for the volunteer hours to be recorded. In some cases, individuals are responsible for recording and turning in their hours. Each year the RSVP program hosts a recognition event for the five counties that the Western Dairyland RSVP Program serves (Buffalo, Eau Claire, Jackson, Pepin, & Trempealeau county). In order to receive and invitation to the annual event, we must have recorded hours on file for you. If you have any questions regarding service hour logs or other volunteer-related questions, please call Cheryl at 715-985-2391 Ext. 1205. Please see page 11 to discover the impact that RSVP volunteers had in 2017. We are able to compile the graphic on the next page simply because of the hours that are logged and sent in to our office from partnering sites/individuals. Thank you for all you do!

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Each year RSVP volunteers give their time and share their talents, making each community they serve a better place to live. Below is a snapshot of several (but not all) areas of service that the RSVP volunteers are involved in and the impact they made in 2017. We have many more RSVP volunteer activities impacting Buffalo, Eau Claire, Jackson, Pepin, and Trempealeau counties that are not listed.


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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