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September/October 2017

As you are all aware, our RSVP Program covers five counties. Those counties are Buffalo, Eau Claire, Jackson, Trempealeau, and Pepin counties. We

currently partner with over 40 sites in our service area. We feel that all of you are making an impact and are worthy of being featured in our newsletter. Our newsletter is published every other month. We are struggling with choosing a particular site, county, and volunteer to feature. All of you know your communities, your site’s volunteer needs, and fellow volunteers the best. We are asking you to consider submitting a photo and short story of yourself or fellow superstar RSVP volunteers about a that you would like to see featured in an upcoming newsletter. Our volunteer spotlight story allows us to tell your story of service in hopes that others will be inspired to start volunteering. We are proud of all of you!




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

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Welcome New Volunteers!! Beverly Bork

Jeff Netick

Jensine Myers

Larry Thompson

Ron Chuchna

Elmer Myers

Ronald Prissel

Diane Brunkow

Darlene Prissel

Marguerite Iverson

Dean Anderson

Dan Jacquart

Richard Bignell

Ray Schewe

Delrita Bignell

Nelson Porter

June Bosley

Janina Kennebeck

Marie Scott

Faye Piel

Annette Tiffany

Robert Scharlau

James Klein

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!



Western Dairyland’s RSVP Program would like to recognize and honor you for serving as a veteran in our Senior Corp Program. Your contribution has made an impact on the lives of so many, whether you are a veteran or are serving veterans and military families, you are now a part of a family of Senior Corps volunteers and AmeriCorps members. Today and every day, we thank you for your dedication to strengthening the fabric of American Society.

If you are a RSVP volunteer and a veteran and have not received a veteran’s pin from our office, please contact us at 715-985-2391 Ext. 1205. Thank you.



Jackson County RSVP volunteers gathered on Thursday, September 14th at the Skyline Golf Course in Black River Falls for the annual RSVP volunteer recognition event. Cheryl Padula, the RSVP Program Director recognized each partnering site and volunteer individually in her speech thanking volunteers for their impactful service. Volunteers were also able to share a good meal, receive raffle prizes donated by Jackson County businesses, and enjoy the company of other RSVP volunteers.

Badger Mining, Banner Journal & The Shopper, Burger King, Cain’s Orchard, Corporation for National & Community Service, Denny’s, Falls Florist & Greenhouse, Federation Cooperative, Hair 4 All Seasons, Ho-Chunk Gaming, Kwik Trip, Inc., L&M Café, Mocha Mouse, Moe Hardware, Perkins Restaurant & Bakery, Scheels All Sports, Skyline Golf Course, Taylor Lutheran Church, Stone’s Throw Supper Club, & Western Dairyland RSVP Program.

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On Saturday, October 14th, Buffalo County RSVP volunteers attended their annual recognition event at the Waumandee House in Waumandee. The RSVP Program & ADRC recognize volunteers by delivering a speech– more than one hundred people were in attendance! Volunteers were able to visit amongst one another, enjoy a delicious meal, and get a chance to win great items donated by local businesses who support their volunteerism.

Alma Blooms, Alma Hotel, Buffalo County Dept. of Aging, Green Bay Packer Foundation, Kwik Trip, Inc., McDonald’s, Mondovi Health Mart Pharmacy, North Central Wood Products, Pier 4 Restaurant, Scheels All Sports, Spasha, Water Lily Gift Store, Waumandee House, Western Dairyland RSVP Program, Wings Over Alma, & Ye Old Schoolhouse Shoppe.

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Trempealeau County ADRC (Home Delivered Meals): Volunteers are needed to deliver meals 1-5 days per week from 10am-1pm. (times may vary depending on route). Volunteers would be reimbursed .535/mile. This volunteer opportunity is flexible, you choose the area you would like to deliver to & frequency. You are also able to sign up as a back up for current drivers. Call us for more details today! Cents & Sensibility Thrift Store (Independence): Do you enjoy decorating for the Holidays? The Cents & Sensibility Thrift Store is currently seeking volunteers to assist with the preparation of Holiday items. This flexible opportunity allows you to put your creativity to use and have some fun! Please give us a call to get started today! Atrium Post Acute Care (Black River Falls): Who’s ready for some fun!?! Atrium is currently seeking volunteers for a variety of opportunities. If you like to socialize with others then this is the opportunity for you! Volunteers are needed to provide activity assistance, play cards with residents, provide assistance on outings, transporting residents, serving coffee M-F or on Saturdays & Bingo calling on Mondays when a substitute is needed. Please call us to learn more! Trempealeau County Tax Assistance: Looking for a new or additional opportunity for the upcoming new year? Tax aides are needed to assist with individual tax preparation short-term. Volunteers will attend a 3 day training in La Crosse. A volunteer is also needed to come to the Western Dairyland office in Independence to schedule tax appointments. Interested volunteers should contact us today to get started/learn more about these opportunities. Dove Healthcare (Eau Claire): Volunteers are needed to play Bridge with an interested resident at Dove Healthcare. It takes four people to play so we are looking for at lease three volunteers to come in a minimum of once/month to play. Please contact us today to get this party for four started!!!

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CommUNITY Food Pantry (Arcadia): Volunteers are needed to help unload the Feed My People truck and setting up tables from 1:30-2:30 on the 4th Thursday of each month. (Upcoming dates may vary due to the holiday season). Volunteers are also needed for distribution from 3:30-5:00 pm. Call today to get being this great opportunity with minimal time commitment but huge impact in the community! RSVP Volunteer Caregiver Project (Trempealeau County): If you are a volunteer who enjoys helping others, socializing, and/or make an impact in your community, then we have the opportunity for you! We are currently seeking volunteers to assist care receivers in their homes, helping them to maintain their independence. Volunteers have the ability to choose what services they are able to provide, when they are available and for how long. Each care receiver is different so each request varies. We match you with a care receiver based on a variety of criteria. As a RSVP volunteer caregiver, you provide practical assistance to those in need. This project/opportunity does not offer personal cares, medical care, or medication administration to care receivers. Generally, volunteers offer friendly visits or telephone calls, transportation, light housekeeping, meal preparation, respite care, etc. Please call us today to learn more about how you can make a huge impact in as little as 1 hour. Jackson County Tax Assistance: If you are looking for a short-term volunteer opportunity that makes a big impact, this is for you! Jackson County is seeking 3-4 volunteers to prepare individual tax returns. A three day training in La Crosse or Eau Claire is provided, volunteer is reimbursed mileage to attend training. Current volunteers look forward to tax time each year; they love what they do! Call us today to learn more. Please contact our office at 715-985-2391 Ext. 1205 if you are interested in a featured RSVP volunteer opportunity. You are also welcome to contact us regarding volunteer opportunities not currently listed in this newsletter. If you are a RSVP Partnering Site and are in need of volunteers (short/long term, one time/ongoing) please give us a call. We are happy to assist you to recruit volunteers and include the opportunity in an upcoming RSVP Newsletter.

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Signs of Caregiver Stress You may be so focused on your loved one that you don't realize that your own health & well-being are suffering. Too much stress, especially over a long time, can harm your health. Watch for these signs of caregiver stress: - Feeling overwhelmed or constantly worried - Feeling tired most of the time - Sleeping too much or too little - Gaining or losing a lot of weight - Becoming easily irritated or angry - Losing interest in activities you used to enjoy - Feeling sad - Having frequent headaches, bodily pain or other physical problems - Abusing alcohol or drugs, including prescription medications Managing Caregiver Stress The emotional & physical demands involved with caregiving can strain even the most resilient person. If you don't take care of yourself, you won't be able to care for anyone else. Accept help. Be prepared with a list of ways that others can help you, let the helper choose what they would like to do. (Example: taking the person you care for on a walk 2x/week or grocery pick up, etc.) Focus on what you are able to provide. It's normal to feel guilty sometimes, but understand that no one is a "perfect" caregiver. Believe that you are doing the best you can & making the best decisions you can . Set realistic goals. Break large tasks into smaller steps that you can do one at a time. Prioritize, make lists & establish a daily routine. Begin to say no to requests that are draining, such as hosting holiday meals. Get connected. Find out about caregiving resources in your community. Many communities have classes. Caregiving services such as transportation & meal delivery may be available. Join a support group. A support group can provide validation & encouragement, as well as problem-solving strategies for difficult situations. Seek social support. Make an effort to stay well-connected with family/friends who can offer nonjudgmental emotional support. Set aside time each week for connecting, even if it's just a walk with a friend. Set personal health goals. Set a goal to establish a good sleep routine or to find time to be physically active on most days of the week. It's also crucial to fuel your body with healthy foods & plenty of water. See your doctor. Get recommended immunizations & screenings. Make sure to tell your doctor that you're a caregiver. Don't hesitate to mention any concerns or symptoms you have. *See more at: https://goo.gl/NpsJgJ

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Lasagna Soup Ingredients: 1 pound lean ground beef 1 cup diced onion 3 garlic cloves , minced 2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes, undrained 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce 1/4 cup tomato paste 4 cups (32 ounces) low sodium beef broth 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning 6 uncooked lasagna noodles , broken into 1 1/2 inch pieces

Cheese Topping: 8 ounces (1 cup) ricotta cheese 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1/4 teaspoon salt

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Directions: 1. In a large Dutch oven or saucepan, brown beef and onion over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook for about 30-60 seconds. Drain. 2. Stir in the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, beef broth, and Italian seasonings. Bring mixture to a boil and stir in lasagna pieces. Reduce heat slightly and cook for about 10 minutes or until noodles are tender. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 3. For the Cheese Topping: In a small bowl, mixture together the ricotta, Parmesan, and salt. 4. To serve, spoon soup in a bowl and top with a dollop of the cheese mixture. Garnish with chopped parsley

or basil if desired. To eat, stir in cheese mixtures and enjoy!

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Each year, the RSVP Program sends every active volunteer a Volunteer Satisfaction Survey. We sent a total of 401 surveys, and 233 volunteers responded in 2017. That’s a response rate of over 50%! Thank you to all respondents. Below are the results: 99% of volunteers were satisfied with their overall RSVP experiences. 97% of RSVP volunteers are satisfied with the recognition they receive as a volunteer. 98% of volunteers are satisfied with the positive impact they make as a RSVP volunteer.

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MAKING AN IMPACT Last year, Senior Corps volunteers & AmeriCorps members provided free tax preparation to 280K low-income families & individuals across the country.

Pictured (at right:): In 2017, Trempealeau County RSVP tax assistance volunteers made an impact by preparing and filing over 250 individual tax returns for the 2016 tax season! This volunteer opportunity offers quite the impact for a short-term commitment. It is important to note that we are able to provide this important information to you because we collect volunteer hours from this site (and other partnering sites) in order to tell these important volunteer stories of impact. In addition to job specific training, Trempealeau County tax assistance volunteers meet to discuss upcoming changes for filing individual tax returns and to prepare for the upcoming tax season. Each volunteer brings their own talent to the group and they would be delighted to welcome new volunteers for the upcoming tax season! Please call us today to get started! Training and support provided.

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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 and Trempealeau counties.


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