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2016‌.A Year in Review

Nov/Dec 2016

The Western Dairyland RSVP Volunteer Program has had a very successful year! We would like to thank each and every RSVP Volunteer who has helped our RSVP Program succeed through impactful service in our communities. Our goal is to make your 2017 volunteer experience even better!



RSVP Contact Information

Have You Moved?

Western Dairyland EOC Inc. is a private, nonWe want to hear from you! profit community action agency established in 1966 for the purpose of alleviating poverty-related conditions and assisting low-income families to The RSVP Program has had the pleasure of working achieve their economic self-reliance. We welcome with many wonderful volunteers and watching the your comments & suggestions about the Western impact each person has made in their own community Dairyland RSVP program. through volunteerism. Address: Western Dairyland EOC Inc. RSVP Program 23122 Whitehall Road Independence, WI 54747 Phone: 715-985-2391 ext. 1205 Office hours: Monday - Friday from 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Website: www.westerndairyland.org

Email Address: CORRECTION: In the Sept/Oct Newsletter on Pg. 5 (Survey Results) we reported that 74% of RSVP volunteers were satisfied with the positive impact they make as a volunteer. The actual percentage is 98%.

Welcome New Volunteers!! Karen Johnson

Margie Larsen

Cindy Westphal

Judie Wilson

Judy Mackenzie

William Carlson

Bruce Hunter

Judy Hunter

Thomas Lyga

Ray Lisowski

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!



DONATIONS NEEDED! Birthday Boxes Since 2010, RSVP Volunteers from Trempealeau County have been assembling Birthday Boxes for children in Western Wisconsin. Each month, dozens of brightly wrapped boxes are filled with cake mix, frosting, candles, colorful plates and napkins, and a few small toys. The boxes are delivered to less-fortunate children staying in Western Dairyland homeless shelters, families enrolled in Head Start, and other families who are struggling to make ends meet. Our goal is to provide every child, regardless of their economic situation, with a happy birthday. In 2015, RSVP Birthday Box volunteers assembled over 180 birthday boxes for Eau Claire, Jackson, and Trempealeau counties. This year, in 2016, we have assembled and distributed over 250 birthday boxes. This project relies on community support/donations to continue providing these “birthday’s in a box” for children in need. Please see below for a list of items we are most in need of. Tissue/Wrapping Paper Birthday Cards Books (typically for ages 3-5) Crayons/Markers/Colored Pencils Cake Mix/Frosting

Color/Activity Books Small Gifts

Quilts/Blankets Plates/Napkins


The RSVP Birthday Box Project uses 8 1/2” x 11” copy paper boxes with lids (see picture on right) to assemble the birthday boxes. We are always in need of them! They can be brought to the Western Dairyland office in Eau Claire or the Western Dairyland office in Independence. You can also call our office for pick up at 715-985-2391 Ext. 1205 or 1232.

Monetary Donations If you would like to provide a monetary donation to the RSVP Program and/or any of the RSVP Projects (Weekend Food for Kids/Birthday Box/Volunteer Caregiver Project), please send your check to: Western Dairyland E.O.C. Inc. RSVP Program Attn: Cheryl Padula PO Box 125 Independence, WI 54747 Checks must be written out to Western Dairyland E.O.C., Inc. Please list the RSVP Program in the Memo line of your check.



On September 22nd, 2016 the Plymouth Congregational Church caught fire. Below is a picture that was taken of the aftermath. For several years the church has been home to a group of ladies who make quilts for the Western Dairyland Homeless Shelters. The Plymouth Congregational Church is a partnering site of the RSVP Program. Some of the ladies have been making quilts for the homeless for almost 25 years! The fire consumed most of their supplies and materials. The quilting group has a lot they need to replace. The Plymouth Church quilting group makes crib-size to queen size quilts. (It takes about 5 yards of fabric for the queen (large-size) quilts. Since the fire occurred, some items have been replaced, but they are still in need of supplies to continue their mission of making quilts for those in need. The sewing group is currently in need of:

Batting, cotton fabric (plain or figured), sport yarn (3-ply), scissors, T pins, white or light–colored thread, rotary cutters and mats, and quilt rulers. If you would like to provide a donation to the Plymouth Congregational Church sewing group, please give our office a call at 715-985-2391 Ext. 1232.

Picture above is from the Leader Telegram newspaper, taken by their staff member Dan Reiland . See more at: https://goo.gl/zEjylO

A quilt made previously by the sewing group at Plymouth Congregational Church.

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Dedicated Hearts Dedicated hearts like yours are not so easy to find. It takes a special person to be so generous and kind. To care so much for your fellow man is a quality all too rare. Yet you give of your time and talents, for all in need to share. So thank you for being a volunteer, we're privileged to work with you. We want you to know how appreciated you are, not just today, but the whole year through.


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Strum Area Health & Rehabilitation- Volunteers are needed to come visit clients. Have you recently been on a trip and have a lot to share? Enjoy reading/telling stories or singing? How about reminiscing about the ‘good ole days’? Do you like to play cards or games (Whist, Bingo, etc.)? If you have a hobby that you would like to share with others or a special presentations you would like to give, please consider volunteering in Strum! RSVP Volunteer Caregiver Project (Trempealeau CountyIf you would like a flexible volunteer opportunity, either short or long term and have an hour or more to give, this opportunity is perfect for you! Get rewarded by helping older adults in Trempealeau County with practical assistance. You can choose what would like to do for an individual. This can include: friendly visits, phone calls, helping with errands/transportation and some light housekeeping if you are able. You are matched with a care receiver based on your individual interests, capabilities, and availability. Cents & Sensibility Thrift Store (Independence)Looking for a volunteer opportunity that offers a variety of tasks? The Cents & Sensibility Thrift Store is seeking volunteers to assist processing donations, steaming clothing to be put on the clothing racks, laundering items, as well as basic organizing. Advisory Council (Eau Claire & Jackson County)-If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity enabling you to get more involved in your county and you like to provide ideas & feedback, the RSVP Advisory Council has a lot to offer! Please call if you would like more information regarding this opportunity. Tax Assistance: (Trempealeau & Jackson County)-Start out the new year with a fresh opportunity as a tax aide. This opportunity offers a short-term commitment preparing individual taxes. The season typically begins in January. RSVP is also looking for volunteers to come to the Western Dairyland office located in Independence to assist clients by returning/taking calls to schedule tax appointments for Trempealeau County. If you are interested in any of these featured volunteer opportunities or other opportunities that are not currently listed, please call the RSVP office at 715-985-2391 Ext. 1205

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On Wednesday afternoons, beginning at 1 p.m., a group calling themselves “Happy Hookers” (RSVP volunteers) meet at the L.E Phillips Senior Center in Eau Claire (a partnering site of RSVP) to knit and crotchet a variety of items including hot pads, dish cloths, table runners, mittens, hats, gloves, scarves, baby sweaters, booties, and etc. Each volunteer can choose what they would like to work on and can be at a beginning to advanced skill level. Volunteers are also welcome to their own projects and/or materials. Volunteers have the opportunity to learn new crafts as well. The materials made at this group go to the craft sale. Proceeds from the craft sale go right back to the L.E. Phillips Senior Center at a 100% profit and is used for programming. The L.E. Phillips Senior Center is also host to another crafting group called the “RSVP Community Project that meets on Tuesday mornings from 9-11 a.m. This group creates handcrafted animals, dolls, and snuggle blankets. These items are sent to the emergency room or surgery center at local hospitals for children. Volunteers can choose to sew items including doll clothing, hand stitching faces on the dolls or animals, and cutting out doll/animal patterns. If you are interested in volunteering at the L.E. Phillips Senior Center, please give our office a call!

Handmade items brought to the craft sale

RSVP Volunteers at the L.E. Phillips Senior Center

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35.3% of Wisconsin residents volunteered Volunteers in Wisconsin completed 169.03 million hours of service

in 2015.

Wisconsin has a total of 1,630,800


$4.6 billion of service contributed

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Signing in and out at your volunteer site is very important. Each site will either have a sign up sheet or hour log to log your volunteer hours. The only way that our RSVP office can tell that you are an active RSVP volunteer is by receiving your hours. Also, if you were to have an accident on your way to your volunteer site or at your site, the RSVP office needs to prove that you are an active volunteer. Recording your volunteer hours is also important because it allows us to tell your stories of service. The data collected is also used to identify community needs. At the end of each month, each site supervisor submits the sign up sheet/hour log to our RSVP office for us to record the hours. In some cases, individuals are responsible for recording and turning in their hours. RSVP hosts an annual recognition event for each of the four counties Western Dairyland serves. In order to receive an invitation to our annual recognition event, we must have recorded hours on file for you. If you have any questions regarding service hours logs or other volunteer-related questions, please call our office at 715-985-2391 ext. 1205.

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1. Avoid Slipping Icy, snowy roads/sidewalks make it easy to slip and fall. "Unfortunately, falls are a common occurrence for seniors, especially during the winter months," says Dr. Stanley Wang. Often these falls cause major injuries such as hip & wrist fractures, head trauma & major lacerations. While younger people often recover relatively quickly from such injuries, older adults face complications, which are a leading cause of death from injury in men & women over 65. Make sure to wear shoes with good traction & non-skid soles. Stay inside until the roads are clear. Replace a worn cane tip to making walking easier. 2. Dress for Warmth Cold temperatures can lead to frostbite & hypothermia. According to the CDC, more than half of hypothermia-related deaths were of people over the age of 65. Don’t let indoor temperatures go too low & dress in layers. When outside, wear warm socks, a heavy coat, a warm hat, gloves & a scarf. In very cold temperatures, cover all exposed skin. Use a scarf to cover y our mouth & protect your lungs. 3. Fight Wintertime Depression It can be difficult & dangerous for seniors to get around, therefore many seniors have less contact with others during cold months. This can breed feelings of loneliness/isolation. To help avoid these issues, family members can check in on seniors through a short, daily phone call. Seniors can also arrange a check-in system with neighbors & friends. 4. Check the Car Driving during the winter can be hazardous for anyone. But it is especially dangerous for older people, who may not drive as often anymore or whose reflexes may not be as quick as they once were. Get your car serviced before wintertime hits. Checking things like the oil, tires, battery & wipers can make a big difference on winter roads. 5. Prepare for Power Outages Winter storms can lead to power outages. Make sure you have easy access to flashlights & a battery-powered radio in case the power goes out. Stockpile warm blankets. Longer power outages can spoil the food in your refrigerator & freezer so keep a supply of non-perishable foods that can be eaten cold on hand. If the power goes out, wear several layers of clothing, including a hat. Move around often to raise your body temperature. 6. Eat a Varied Diet Because people spend more time indoors & may eat a smaller variety of foods, nutritional deficits -- especially Vitamin D deficiency -- can be a problem. Nicole Morrissey, a registered dietician, recommends consuming foods that are fortified with Vitamin D, such as milk, grains & seafood options like tuna/salmon. 7. Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Using a fireplace, gas heater or lanterns can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. Ensure your safety by checking the batteries on your carbon monoxide detector & buying an updated one if you need to. Remember– it is okay to ask a relative, friend, and/or neighbor for help!

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