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RSVP Partnering Site-Cents & Sensibility Thrift Store

May/June 2017

On Tuesdays and Fridays, if you were to look behind the scenes at the Western Dairyland Cents & Sensibility Thrift Store located in Independence, you will find faithful RSVP volunteer, Sue Kvittem. Sue plays a very important role at the thrift store. It would not operate as efficiently as it does without her. Sue is always willing to help out and does whatever is asked of her. Her main duties include processing donations, determining what items to keep, what items to put on the sales floor, and which items to recycle based on quality, and the overall condition of each item. Cents & Sensibility also launders most of the clothing items that are donated which sets them apart from most thrift stores. Sue always makes sure the washer and dryer is operating nonstop on days that she volunteers. She also prices items, decorates the window displays, and helps on the semi-annual store turnover days. There are a lot of tasks that must be completed before any item is displayed on the sales floor. A lot goes on “behind the scenes”. It’s our RSVP volunteers and great staff members that ensure that everything gets done.

Cents & Sensibility (a partnering site for RSVP) is a non-profit thrift store that offers men's, women's and children's clothing, accessories, housewares, etc. Inventory is based on the donations they receive and is always changing. New items are put on the sales floor every day. One-hundred percent of sales helps Western Dairyland in assisting less-fortunate families residing in Buffalo, Eau Claire, Jackson and Trempealeau counties. Cents & Sensibility also works with a couple of organizations to serve as a job training site for individuals age 55 years and older. There are a few income qualifications that an individual must meet before they are able to get paid to work at the store. For someone older, it can help to supplement the income of someone who otherwise lives on a fixed budget. The store is currently seeking individuals who would benefit from working a part-time job with flexible hours. If you are 55 years of age, think you may qualify, and are interested in earning some extra cash, please contact the Western Dairyland office at 715 985 2391. Continued on Page 3



Western Dairyland EOC Inc. is a private, non-profit community action agency established in 1966 for the purpose of alleviating poverty-related 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 P.O. Box 125 Independence, WI 54747

RSVP Program Director: Cheryl Padula 715-985-2391 Ext. 1205 Cheryl.Padula@wdeoc.org

Office hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

RSVP Program Assistant:

Website: http://www.westerndairyland.org/rsvp.phtml


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!

Ruth Gullicksrud

Ann Miemietz

Marie Murrell

Gloria Hanke

Lois Bloom

Susan Hutchens

David Bjorklund

Darold Lee

Sara Heck

Mary Ann Watson



Cents & Sensibility Thrift Store continued... The store relies on volunteers and staff members in order to continue to keep its doors open and its prices low. Cents & Sensibility donates hundreds of dollars in clothing and merchandise to individuals in need at no cost. The thrift store also financially supports the RSVP Weekend Food 4 Kids and Birthday Box projects. In 2013, Sue moved to Independence from Michigan after retiring from the U.S. Census Bureau, where she worked for thirteen years. Sue was born in Holmen and has a lot of family in the area. Upon retiring, Sue wanted to move ‘home’ to Trempealeau County. Sue told her husband Mark Cormack that when he retired, after thirty-seven years from his position as an Operations Manager at Parker Hannifin, she would choose the place that they would live. Mark joined Sue a year and a half after she relocated to Independence. Mark is also an active RSVP volunteer. He is a faithful and valued volunteer at Cents & Sensibility Thrift Store, Whitehall Food Pantry, and the Western Dairyland Weekend Food 4 Kids project. The world needs more people like Sue and Mark who use their lifetime of skills to help improve the quality of life for so many. Sue is a long-time thrift store and garage sale shopper, so that is what appealed to her about Cents & Sensibility. Sue began as a customer at the store; it was during one of those shopping trips that she noticed the RSVP sign and inquired about becoming a volunteer. From then on she has been a regular volunteer, coming in two days a week (about ten hours on average). For Sue, the most rewarding thing about volunteering at the Cents & Sensibility Thrift Store is not just processing donations and selling them (which is important), but the assistance that the store is able to provide to locally when there is an individual or family displaced due to a fire, domestic situation, or etc. The thrift store is able to provide people in need with necessary items at little or no cost to help them get back on their feet. The Cents & Sensibility Thrift Store is an important asset to the community. Many locals have provided a lot of positive feedback regarding the store. Specifically, how fortunate they are to have a quality thrift store available in Independence. People now have a local place to donate their unwanted items. Without Cents & Sensibility, they would have to drive over 30 minutes away to make a donation. Community members also appreciate that, when they donate to Cents & Sensibility, their donations not only stay local, it also supports other community members in need. Most importantly, the thrift store needs volunteers, paid staff members, donations, and customers all working together to keep its doors open. It’s fascinating to see how so many elements need to come together to ensure the success of this local business! There are many exciting volunteer opportunities available. We are willing to work with your schedule. If you are interested in becoming an RSVP volunteer at the Cents & Sensibility thrift store, please contact the RSVP Program at 715 985-2391 x 1205.



On Monday, April 24th at 1:30 pm, Strum Area Health and Rehabilitation hosted a Volunteer Tea, giving the staff a platform to recognize and thank volunteers currently giving their time to residents in the nursing home. RSVP Program staff were also invited! We have several RSVP volunteers that are currently assigned to this partnering site. Strum Area Health and Rehabilitation staff provided a wonderful lunch. Volunteers enjoyed the invitation, visiting amongst one another, playing Bingo into the afternoon. **Attention Site Supervisors: If you have an event that you would like us to attend, we would be happy to visit your site and get some pictures of RSVP volunteers to highlight in an upcoming newsletter.**

Pictured: RSVP volunteer Yvonne Williams shared her volunteer story, also mentioning her time there as an employee before she became a volunteer, with attendees at the Volunteer Tea.

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is Thursday, June 15 Every day, headlines throughout the U.S. paint a grim picture of seniors who have been abused, neglected, and exploited, often by people they trust the most. Abusers may be spouses, family members, personal acquaintances, professionals in positions of trust, or strangers who prey on the vulnerable. How big is the problem? Research indicates that more than 1/10 elders may experience some type of abuse, but only 1/23 cases are reported. In general, elder abuse refers to intentional or neglectful acts by a caregiver or “trusted” individual that lead to, or may lead to, harm of a vulnerable elder. Physical abuse; neglect; emotional or psychological abuse; verbal abuse and threats; financial abuse and exploitation; sexual abuse; and abandonment are considered forms of elder abuse. In many states, self-neglect is also considered mistreatment. If you suspect elder abuse, report your concerns. Remember: most cases of elder abuse go undetected. Don’t assume that someone has already reported a suspicious situation. To report suspected abuse in the community, contact your local Adult Protective Services agency. For state reporting numbers, visit the NCEA website at https://ncea.acl.gov or call the Eldercare Locator at 1-800-677-1116. If you or someone you know is in a life threatening situation or immediate danger, contact 911 or the local police or sheriff. To report suspected abuse in a nursing home or long-term care facility, contact your state specific agency. To find the listing, visit the Consumer Voice website, http://theconsumervoice.org/get_help. See more at: http://www.ncea.acl.gov June is Cataract Awareness Month: A cataract is a clouding of the eye's lens that leads to decreased vision. The lens focuses images onto the retina at the back of the eye. The image is then processed & sent to the brain. As a cataract matures, it often causes glare, as well as diminished contrast & color sensitivity. Over time, if left untreated, cataracts lead to decreased vision. Impaired vision can be restored by surgically removing the affected lens, replacing it with an artificial one. While 50% of those over age 80 have cataracts, studies have shown that the risk for cataract development can be reduced by taking preventative measures in one's younger years. Behaviors that can reduce the onset of cataracts include reducing ultraviolet exposure, the avoidance of smoking, & minimization of alcohol consumption. Studies have also shown that wearing glasses with UV protection while outside will protect your eyes from excessive amounts of rays. 22 million Americans are affected by cataracts, resulting *See more at; https://goo.gl/5oZ1I5 in an annual estimated treatment cost of $6.8 billion.

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** Attention Site Supervisors– Please give our office a call if you have any volunteer needs at your site, short or long-term. We will add it to our next newsletter in this section to help recruit volunteers. **

Please give our office a call at 715-985-2391 Ext. 1205 if you are interested in any of our RSVP volunteer opportunities, including those featured on these pages.

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American Red Cross (Eau Claire)- Seeking volunteers for the Disaster Action Team to respond along with a disaster action team supervisor to singlefamily fires .

Please give our office a call at 715-985-2391 Ext. 1205 if you are interested in any of our RSVP volunteer opportunities, including those featured on these pages.

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The patient must have health insurance that covers his or her qualifying medication or product.


The patient’s medication or product must be listed on PAN’s list of covered medications.


The patient’s income must fall at or below 400% or 500% of the Federal Poverty Level, depending on fund-specific guidelines.


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Application Checklist The following patient information is required to complete the application: · Diagnosis and medication name · Demographics: Name, address, phone number, and e-mail address. · Income: Adjusted gross income applicable to the patient and all members of the patient’s household. · Insurance: Health insurance and pharmacy card(s). · Physician Demographics: Prescribing physician name, phone number, and facility address. See more at: https://panfoundation.org/index.php/en/


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DEMENTIA– BENEFITS OF EARLY DIAGNOSIS/SIGNS TO WATCH FOR | 9 Someone you love—your parent, your spouse, a good friend—is showing signs of dementia: forgetting more often, being confused or perhaps exhibiting uncharacteristic behavior. You’re worried it could be Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia. Yet discovering dementia early can be helpful for several reasons. Benefits of Early Diagnosis - You can reverse some cognitive problems that mimic dementia (depression or a vitamin B12 deficiency). - Although there is no cure, Alzheimer's medications can temporarily slow symptoms, improve quality of life and prolong independence, which also helps the patient’s caregivers. - Slowing dementia’s symptoms with medication could reduce healthcare costs by delaying going into a nursing home. This also allows time to make decisions about future care and receive the patient’s input. - Government or nonprofit agencies can provide support for the patient and caregiver. - The individual with dementia can have conversations with loved ones about what kind of treatment they want. They can fill out financial, legal and health advance directives before losing the ability to communicate. Without these directives, families often face wrenching decisions about their loved one’s care, such as what to do when the person can no longer eat or drink. - Enrolling in palliative care can ease the effects of dementia. This specialized medical care provides relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. Signs of Dementia Memory loss. Those with dementia forget the names of people close to them or major life events. They forget what something is called and its purpose. They may ask repeatedly for information or tell the same story over and over. People with dementia often get lost, misplace items or put them in inappropriate places. They forget to pay bills. Lapse in judgment. They can make poor decisions, donating money to every nonprofit organization that contacts them, the person might dress strangely or not shower or bathe. They forget what is appropriate, so they may barge into someone else’s home without knocking or lose inhibitions about sexual behavior, such as making inappropriate comments or exposing themselves. Personality change. A sociable person can become withdrawn or someone who is shy may suddenly start to do embarrassing acts. People with dementia often become more depressed, scared or anxious, some become paranoid. Moods can change swiftly, from calm to anger and back. Difficulty with language. The person uses the wrong word for something familiar. Or they can’t find the word at all, so they stop joining the conversation or trail off in the middle of talking, as if they’ve lost their thought. Tasks become difficult. Chores and activities that have been easy are suddenly challenging. Other possible signs of dementia are changes in vision- the person has a hard time reading; not knowing the time or date; and loss of motor functions, so walking becomes more difficult. *See more at: https://goo.gl/u3wmQn

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National Dairy Month started out as National Milk Month in 1937 as a way to promote drinking milk. It was initially created to stabilize the dairy demand when production was at a surplus, but now developed into an annual tradition that celebrates the contributions the dairy industry has made to the world after the National Dairy Council stepped in to promote the cause, the name soon changed to "Dairy Month." From calcium to potassium, dairy products like milk contain nine essential nutrients which may help to better manage your weight, reduce your risk for high blood pressure, osteoporosis and certain cancers. * See more at: https://goo.gl/i68uJN · · · · · · ·

The natural yellow color of butter comes mainly from the beta-carotene found in the grass cows eat. Americans eat more than 300,000 tons of yogurt per year. About 300 varieties of cheese are sold in the U.S. The most popular cheese in America is Cheddar. Vanilla is America’s favorite ice cream flavor. It takes about 50 licks to finish a single ice cream scoop. It takes 10 lbs. of milk to make one pound of cheese, 12 lbs. of whole milk to make one gallon of ice cream and 21.8 lbs. of milk to make 1 lb. of butter. Dairy farmers are paid by the hundredweight (100 lbs), not the gallon. There are about 8.6 lbs of milk/gal. 99 % of all U.S. households purchase milk. The avg. American consumes almost 25 gallons of milk/yr. *See more at: https://goo.gl/RvP6Zg

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