RSVP Partnering Site-Arcadia School District
RSVP volunteer JoAnne Wier walks through the halls of Arcadia Elementary school and is often greeted with a smile, hug, or ‘hello’. Many of the elementary students remember her long after she has helped in their classroom. JoAnne lights up when telling us about her volunteer experience at the school; she enjoys being part of a child’s educational process. JoAnne began volunteering two days a week at the Arcadia Elementary School in 2013 after her husband passed away. She wanted to have something to get her out of the Pictured: RSVP Volunteer JoAnne Wier reading with a first grade student. house and keep busy. JoAnne loves volunteering so much that she has increased her volunteer hours to four days a week typically from 7:30 to 2:30. Prior to volunteering at the school, JoAnne was a homemaker and worked part time at various retail stores. JoAnne has a daughter, Tammie Thompson, and a grandson, Wayne, who just graduated high school. In addition to volunteering at the school, she loves to spend time with her two dogs, a five year old yellow lab named Amber, and a ten year old terrier mix named Grayson, both adopted from a local Humane Society. However, volunteering is her favorite job! Many of the teachers count on JoAnne for help in and out of the classroom. JoAnne giggled when she said the teachers “fight” over her in order to get their projects completed on time. JoAnne has a daily routine but each day also offers something different. The faculty at the school appreciates that JoAnne knows what needs to be done and is able to work independently to accomplish the tasks assigned to her. In addition to helping first graders with reading on an individual basis, JoAnne also performs much like a teacher assistant. She makes copies, cuts out materials, transfers books to and from the library, helps prep math lesson plans (fourth grade) and materials for Family Fun Reading Night. She is also available to serve breakfast and lunch to students. Continued on Page 4
FOR YOUR INFORMATION:
Have You Moved? Do You Have Any Updates/Changes to Report?
RSVP Contact Information 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.
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 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.
Phone: 715-985-2391 ext. 1205
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.
Office hours: Monday - Friday from 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Feel free to contact us at anytime; we welcome your input, concerns and volunteer stories.
Website: www.westerndairyland.org Call us at 1-800-782-1063 ext. 1205 or 1232. We look forward to hearing from you!
Welcome New Volunteers!! Cindy Everson
Charlotte Myhers Lorraine Loken Jacky Johnson
Gerda Anderson Keith Mahlum
VETERAN’S DAY IS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH
On behalf of Western Dairyland’s RSVP Volunteer Program, it is our distinct privilege to recognize and honor you for serving as a veteran in
our Senior Corp Program. Whether you are a veteran or are serving veterans and military families, you are now part of a family of Senior Corps volunteers and AmeriCorps members carrying out the spirit of our shared values of devotion, honor, and service to our great nation. Today, we thank you for your dedication to strengthening the fabric of American society. If you are an RSVP volunteer and a veteran and have not received a veteran’s pin, please contact our office at 715-985-2391.
EDUCATION FOCUS AREA
Arcadia School District Continued... The Arcadia Elementary school has an incentive based program called “Positive Paws”. Students have the opportunity to earn “Positive Paws” by doing the right thing/making good decisions and being kind to others. Classrooms earn “Paws for Applause”. JoAnne makes copies of these also for the teachers/classrooms. When JoAnne was asked about her volunteer experiences, she said “Children remember her and tell her nice things.” For example, when serving lunch, students in third and fourth grade offer her kind comments about her helping their school. Last May, JoAnne was asked to come in to the school on the last day (even thought that was not typical). All she was told is that she needed to be there. Mr. Halvorson, the school principal, had a plaque made for JoAnne and presented it to her, recognizing her for outstanding volunteer service at the school. JoAnne is most rewarded when she is able to witness personal improvements that the students make from the beginning of the year to the end. She said many children start out reading at a lower level and quickly improve to a higher level. She is very proud and invested in each child’s reading success. Arcadia Elementary School is currently seeking volunteers to offer assistance in several classrooms. If you, or someone you know would like to make a difference in the life of a child at Arcadia Elementary or any of our other partnering schools, please contact the RSVP Volunteer Program at 715-985-2391. You can also read about the Arcadia school volunteer opportunities on page 8/9 of this newsletter.
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RSVP VOLUNTEER SATISFACTION SURVEY RESULTS
A total of 226 volunteers from Buffalo, Eau Claire, Jackson, and Trempealeau counties responded to our RSVP Volunteer Satisfaction Survey in 2016. ·
100% are satisfied with their overall RSVP experiences.
97% of RSVP volunteers are satisfied with the recognition they receive as a volunteer.
74% of RSVP volunteers are satisfied with the positive impact they make as a volunteer.
“I MAY BE ONLY ONE PERSON BUT I CAN BE ONE PERSON WHO MAKES A DIFFERENCE”
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JACKSON COUNTY RSVP VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION EVENT
Jackson County RSVP Volunteers were honored at the Skyline Golf Course in Black River Falls on September 14th, 2016 for our annual Recognition Event. More than 40 volunteers gathered to enjoy a wonderful meal, raffle, and friendly visiting.
Thank you to the following area businesses & organizations for making this event possible: Badger Mining, Banner Journal/Shopper, Black River Surplus Outlet, Cain’s Orchard, Comfort Inn, Co-op Credit Union, Corporation for National & Community Service, Denny’s, Falls Florist & Greenhouse, Federation Co-op, Floyd Pratt Collectibles, 4 Seasons Quick Stop, Hair 4 All Seasons, Ho-Chunk Casino, L&M Café LLC, Mocha Mouse, Moe Hardware, Perkins, Scheel’s All Sports, Walmart, and Western Dairyland RSVP.
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RSVP FEATURED VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:
Food Pantry Coordinator (Whitehall): Ready for a lead role? Volunteer as a pantry coordinator in Whitehall. Must be a resident in Whitehall, Pigeon Falls, Northfield, Pleasantville, or Elk Creek. Food Pantry (Whitehall): The Whitehall food pantry is also in need of volunteers to unload truck, stock shelves (once every 2-3 months), assist on distribution day, and take on emergency food calls. Western Dairyland Homeless Shelters (Eau Claire): Variety of volunteer opportunities available in Eau Claire! Please see below: Volunteer Drivers: Can you drive, have time to spare? Volunteers are needed on an as-needed basis to drive Western Dairyland’s Housing First clients to the food pantry, grocery store, or on other errands.
Snow Removal- Must be insured. Needed at each Western Dairyland Homeless Shelter.
Basic Homeless Shelter Maintenance– Handy person needed to patch holes in walls, fix screens, hang window blinds, hang doors, clean carpets, and other general tasks. (Materials would be provided by Western Dairyland).
Volunteer Plumber- The homeless shelters are always in need of someone who knows about plumbing and can resolve issues. This would be on an as-needed basis.
Please call the RSVP Program office at 715-985-2391 Ext. 1205 if you would like to know more information about the volunteer opportunities listed. We have only featured a select few of the volunteer opportunities in this newsletter, please call our office for the multitude of other opportunities available to you. If your site is in need of volunteers, we would also like to hear from you!
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Crock Pot Recipe-
Seasoned Chicken, Potatoes, & Green Beans
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 4 hours Serves: 4
INGREDIENTS: 1.5- 2lbs Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts · ½ lb. fresh green beans, trimmed (about 2.5 cups) · 1.25 lb. diced red potatoes (about 4 cups) · ⅓ cup FRESH lemon juice (Do not use lemon juice out of squeeze bottle)
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¼ cup olive oil 1 tsp. dried oregano 1 tsp. salt ¼ tsp. pepper ¼ tsp. onion powder 2 garlic cloves, minced
1. Start by placing the chicken in a 6-quart slow cooker, in the center. Next add the green beans on one side. Then for the potatoes, you will need to mound them high off to the other side. 2. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, oregano, salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic cloves. 3. Pour this mixture evenly over the chicken, green beans and potatoes. 4. Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours, without opening the lid during the cooking time.
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The RSVP Program Receives a Visit From Corey & Eli
Corey and Eli (servie badgers) travel Wisconsin to promote National Service. Our RSVP office had the opportunity to receive visits from both of them. They travel with a journal logging their many adventures throughout the state. A few RSVP volunteers were lucky enough to meet them!
Enjoying the food at the Trempealeau County Food Pantry in Arcadia.
Helping celebrate our RSVP volunteers at the Buffalo County Recognition Event
Wrapping with our RSVP Birthday Box volunteers
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RSVP Volunteer Office 23122 Whitehall Road PO Box 125 Independence, WI 54747
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Western Dairylandâ€™s RSVP program serves Buffalo, Eau Claire, Jackson and Trempealeau counties.
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