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RSVP Partnering Site– Durand Area Food Pantry

May/June 2019

Upon entering RSVP partnering site, Durand Area Food Pantry, you are able to see fully stocked shelves of food to your left, and a line of full freezers to the right. A healthy option is the amount of fresh produce that the pantry has to offer to participants. At the time when RSVP Program visited, the pantry was even able to offer a complete Thanksgiving meal! The food pantry is located at 114 E. Main Street in Durand. The pantry serves participants in need of food on Wednesday Pictured (left to right): RSVP Volunteers Kim Brunkow, Ben & Shirley mornings from 9-12 and Thursday afternoons from 1-4. Buchholtz, Marcia Bauer, Judy King, Carol Prissel, and Sal Danna The pantry provides food from The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and Feed My People, serving income eligible households who reside in Pepin County. Once a week at the Durand Area Food Pantry, you will see many participants walking through the doors who are at risk of not having enough to eat. Consequently, RSVP volunteers are ready and waiting to assist the participants to ensure they can help food recipients get enough food to eat. The pantry is currently serving approximately 105 unduplicated households and provides 10-11,000 pounds of food per month. Participants are able to utilize the pantry once a month. However, participants can get more food if they are in need of additional assistance. Marcia Bauer is the Durand Area Food Pantry Director. She states that she is very thankful for the volunteers at the pantry. She says she could not operate the pantry without their assistance. Marcia states that she loves to be able to give back to the community and considers it an act of kindness towards others. Marcia spoke of a time when the food pantry was a resource for her personally. It helped her and her four children get back on their feet after she went through a divorce and relocated to the area. She stated that the food pantry was there for her during her time of need and she is thankful to be in the position she is now to give something back. Kim Brunkow, RSVP volunteer and President of the food pantry has volunteered there for 10 years. She helped manage the pantry prior to Marcia being appointed interim Director. Kim has always liked to volunteer whether it be for schools or the food pantry, etc. She assists pantry participants at the registration table. Her favorite part about volunteering for the pantry is to help new participants get acquainted with the pantry, walking them through for the first time. She is very happy with the pantry and how things are going; there is a great group of RSVP volunteers and the participants are very appreciative. Kim Brunkow, RSVP volunteer and President of the food pantry has volunteered there for 10 years. She helped manage the pantry prior to Marcia being appointed Director. 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

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.

Address: Western Dairyland EOC Inc. RSVP Program 23122 Whitehall Road PO Box 125 Independence, WI 54747

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.

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

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.

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

Welcome New Volunteers!! Mary Nortman Tony Skroch Linda L. Skroch Conrad Phillipson Carole Arthur Raymond Breidung Victoria Breidung Joseph Collins

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!












Continued from Page 1... RSVP volunteer, Judy King, stated that she has been a volunteer at the pantry for three years. She volunteers because she gets as much out of volunteering as she gives. She likes to be around people as well, so it works out. Prior to retirement, she worked at a hospital for 37 years in purchasing. At the pantry she signs in participants, stocks shelves, and does whatever else needs to be done in order to make the pantry more successful. Judy said that volunteering has opened her eyes; she never knew that there was such a need in the community until she began volunteering for the pantry. Now she is very thankful it is here to ensure participants get enough to eat. Carol Prissel, has been a volunteer at the Durand Area Food Pantry for 15 years. She started volunteering along with her neighbor, who has since moved away. Carol kept volunteering at the pantry because she loves to help. Carol and her husband were farmers for 25 years. Carol helps register pantry participants mostly but also shovels, stocks fridges and freezers and whatever else requires attention. Her husband also helps unload the food delivery truck and helped get the building ready prior to the pantry moving to its current location. RSVP volunteer, Sal Danna, has been a volunteer at the Durand Area Food Pantry for nine years. In 2008 he moved to the Durand area from Baltimore. His son used to volunteer for the pantry and that is how he got started volunteering at the pantry. He now continues on his own because it makes him feel good. Sal helps unload the truck among other things. The pantry receives three food deliveries every month; once per month from TEFAP and twice from the Feed My People Food Bank located in Eau Claire.

Ben and Shirley Buchholtz, are a husband and wife team, and RSVP volunteers, at the Durand Area Food Pantry. They began at the pantry because they wanted to offer assistance locally where they felt it was most needed. Ben helps load participants’ vehicles upon request, and also helps to encourage pantry participants to select the fresh produce that the pantry has to offer. Shirley helps register participants. They both agree that they are thankful to be able to volunteer their time.

Marcia states that the Durand Area Food Pantry’s success is primarily due to pantry participants feeling comfortable with the volunteers. It makes it easier for them to receive the assistance they need. For some participants, it is more than a trip into town for food. Some use it as a social outlet as well. Shirley states that she welcomes the communication and listens to them. She realizes how important the social aspect of it is as well as getting the food assistance. Especially in a rural community-it may be the only interaction they experience for extended periods of time. No matter what your role is as a RSVP volunteer, there is room for you! Every volunteer is there to help and work together to make the pantry more successful. All of the RSVP volunteers who are assisting at the Durand Area Food Pantry come from different backgrounds but have one common goal- to improve food security in Pepin County. If you would like to volunteer for the Durand Area Food Pantry, or are interested in the multitude of other volunteer opportunities in your community, please give our office a call today at 715-985-2391 Ext. 1205.



Whitehall Food Pantry (Whitehall): The Whitehall Food Pantry is seeking a volunteer to register food pantry participants, help with the bookwork, assist with stocking shelves, prepare food bags, & order meat from Falls Meat Market in Pigeon Falls. The volunteer would then pick up the meat to load into the freezer at the Whitehall Food Pantry. If you are interested in any of the duties listed above, please give us a call! 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. RSVP is seeking volunteers in Buffalo, Eau Claire, Jackson, & Pepin counties): The RSVP Program is looking for members in several counties to join the RSVP Advisory Council. Volunteers would meet in Independence at Western Dairyland 1-3 pm, 3 times/year. Meetings are typically held in April, July, and October. Members share ideas, county updates as well as discuss the needs of your communities/county. Gundersen Tri–County- (Whitehall): Bird House Cleaning: Volunteer needed to wash windows & clean bottom of the bird enclosure, & provide them with fresh food & water 1-2 times per week. Activities: Volunteers are also needed to assist nursing home residents with 1-on–1 activities, as well as reading & visiting with residents. Volunteers are needed to play Whist with interested residents. Call us to get started with one of these rewarding volunteer opportunities! Volunteer Drivers (Jackson County): 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 are welcome! If you are interested in becoming a volunteer driver, give us a call! Neighborhood Food Pantry– Millston Location (Jackson County): RSVP is seeking a Volunteer Coordinator for the Millston food distribution site. The volunteer would pick up food from Brockway on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 8 am and bring it to the Millston site for distribution from 9 am –10 am. After distribution, the food would get returned to Brockway. Please call us to day if you are interested in this once per month opportunity!

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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. This opportunity offers a lot of opportunity to mix things up and try something new. Call today to learn more about how you can help Cents & Sensibility positively impact local communities! Neighborhood Food Pantry-Brockway (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. Please call today if you are interested in giving it a try! American Red Cross (Eau Claire): Looking to utilize your customer service skills and/or gain new skills? The Red Cross is currently seeking Donor Ambassadors 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 is provided by the Red Cross. If you are interested in the Red Cross, call for a more detailed description of this volunteer opportunity! RSVP Volunteer Caregivers (Trempealeau County): Volunteers are needed to provide practical assistance to those in need. You choose when and where you volunteer and what services you are willing to provide. No personal cares. This opportunity offers a small time commitment with a big impact! Visit us at: http://www.rsvpvolunteercaregivers.org to learn about the current opportunities/locations OR call our office to get started! Atrium Post Acute Care of Black River Falls (Jackson County): Atrium is seeking volunteers to come in to provide 1-on-1 visits and/or assist with painting interested resident’s nails, etc. Durand Area Food Pantry (Durand): Volunteers are needed to assist with registration and food distribution on Wednesday mornings from 9-12 and Thursday afternoons from 1-4. On occasion, additional help may be needed to help unload the delivery truck and stock pantry shelves. Volunteer Drivers (ADRC of Pepin & Buffalo County): Volunteer drivers are needed to transport individuals to medical, social and personal appointments. Passengers truly benefit from the Volunteer Driver Transportation Program and are truly grateful for the service! This is a flexible volunteer opportunity & is based on your schedule and availability, so you can choose or deny rides and the time of booking. Use your own vehicle or possibly a county vehicle based on location and availability. Mileage reimbursement is paid monthly when you use your personal vehicle. Give us a call today and start making a difference in your community!

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Every May, the Administration for Community Living leads our nation’s observance of Older Americans Month. The 2019 theme is : Connect, Create, Contribute. This encourages older adults and their communities to: · Connect with friends, family, and services that support participation. · Create by engaging in activities that promote learning, health, and personal enrichment. · Contribute time, talent, and life experience to benefit others. Communities that encourage the contributions of older adults are stronger! By engaging and supporting all community members, we recognize that older adults play a key role in the vitality of our neighborhoods, networks, and lives. Older Americans Month 2019 will include suggestions, resources, and material to celebrate older Americans and the communities of which they are a vital part. Visit acl.gov/oam in early 2019 for ways to get started, and starting now, promote the observance on social media using #OAM19 and #ConnectCreateContribute. Everyone benefits when everyone can participate. We encourage you to connect, create, and contribute for stronger and more diverse communities this May, and throughout the year. *See more at: https://bit.ly/2C0XjZn

What is the Older Americans Act? The Older Americans Act (OAA), originally enacted in 1965, supports a range of home and communitybased services, such as meals-on-wheels and other nutrition programs, in-home services, transportation, legal services, elder abuse prevention and caregivers support. These programs help seniors stay as independent as possible in their homes and communities. In addition, OAA services help seniors avoid hospitalization and nursing home care and, as a result, save federal and state funds that otherwise would be spent on such care. *See more at: https://bit.ly/2XHUi99 RSVP will have a booth @ Senior Americans Day @ the W.R. Davies Center on Tuesday, June 4th, 2019. Come say “hello”. We would love to see you!



Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. Over two dozen cities and towns claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day. Regardless of the exact date or location of its origins, one

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The RSVP Program had the pleasure of visiting the sewing group at Plymouth United Church of Christ (UCC) in early March. We received a tour of the new space in the church (the church had to be rebuilt after a devastating fire in 2016). Proudly displayed throughout the church were beautiful handmade quilts. When we arrived in the group’s sewing room, they were excited to show us all of the storage space! Included was a large walk-in closet with plenty of shelving for quilts and other items. Upon walking into the room, you were able to see a large quilt that they were working on, a few ladies quietly sharing ideas on the next steps. Over on the next table, a few ladies were hand sewing borders on other quilts, measuring and cutting squares for a future creation, and using the sewing machine to connect pieces of material. During our time there, it was clear to us that the sewing group has a passion for quilting, creating quilts for families in need. The sewing group has been a partnering site of RSVP for over 30 years. They meet on Tuesdays from 10-2 at the Plymouth UCC located at 2010 Moholt Drive in Eau Claire. The sewing group makes quilts for Western Dairyland Eau Claire County Homeless Shelters. The group is made up of several dedicated members; a few have been there over 20 years!

RSVP volunteer Joyce Holmen has been sewing with this group for 30 years. When she heard about the group, she had to join. She has enjoyed sewing since she was a young girl. Joyce’s mom bought a Singer sewing machine so she began sewing at home, around junior high, making cotton dresses. She just turned 90 this year and hopes to continue sewing with the group. June Bartilson is another dedicated member of the Plymouth sewing group and is a RSVP volunteer, making quilts within the group for almost 24 years. She began sewing for the group after hearing about the volunteer opportunity, stemming from her love of sewing. June turned 92 in December and is glad she is still able to sew quilts. It makes her feel good to make quilts for the homeless program and volunteering offers good fellowship.

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RSVP volunteer Dorothy Kruschke has been sewing with Plymouth UCC since hearing that there was a need. Once she heard that quilts were being made to benefit homeless families, she had to join. Dorothy said that ‘she likes to give where she can.’ When she had heard about the sewing group, it was perfect timing. She had recently retired and wanted to do something. She had sewn for many years prior to making the quilts as a volunteer- she had 3 daughters and had sewn for them. Dorothy shared that they have a nice group of volunteers and she enjoys her time there, saying ‘it’s great to get together’. Dorothy is also pleased that there are new members joining the sewing group; many in the last 5 years. Other valuable members of the sewing group are: Kathy Bartilson (1 year with RSVP/Plymouth UCC), Lila Brummond (10 years at Plymouth UCC, 13 years as a RSVP volunteer), Dorothy Gilbertson (4 years with RSVP/Plymouth UCC), Louise Reed (3 years with RSVP/Plymouth UCC), Catherine Reiter (6 months with RSVP/Plymouth UCC), and Louise Sanders (2 ½ years at Plymouth UCC, 6 years as a RSVP volunteer. It is also important to mention that Dorothy Kruschke’s granddaughter, Rianna Voss, has also been a big help to the sewing group for over 5 years; and hopefully will be a future member of RSVP! The Plymouth sewing group is happy to welcome new members! If you would like to know more about this volunteer opportunity, or others like it, please contact RSVP at 715-985-2391 Ext. 1205.

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Chicken Salad Pita w/ Baba Ghanoush Ingredients: 1 Tbsp. Red Wine Vinegar 3 Tsp. Dried Mint, crumbled 3/4 Tsp. Red Pepper Flakes 2 Cloves Garlic, finely minced Kosher salt & Freshly Ground Pepper

4 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil 4 Chicken Scallopine (4 -5 oz. each) 1 C. Grape or Cherry Tomatoes, halved 1 Unpeeled Kirby Cucumber, chopped 4 Pocket-less Pitas 1/2 C Baba Ghanoush (Eggplant Spread, typically found near hummus)

Directions: 1. Whisk the vinegar, mint, red pepper flakes, 1 clove garlic and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a shallow dish. Gradually whisk in 3 tablespoons olive oil. Add the chicken and marinate about 15 minutes. 2. Meanwhile, mix the tomatoes, cucumber and the remaining 1 clove garlic in a bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. 3. Preheat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Grill the chicken until cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a cutting board and slice into 1/2-inch-thick strips. Toss with the vegetables. 4. Brush the pitas with the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and season with salt. Grill, turning once, until marked. Place a pita on each plate and spread with baba ghanoush. Top with lettuce and chicken salad and drizzle with any juices from the bowl. *See more at: https://bit.ly/2EQttbq

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