RSVP Volunteers Fill Void in Veterans’ Healthcare

Dick Marbes refers to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Transportation Program as “pretty impressive.” Marbes, who is the volunteer manager for the program’s northern division, oversees the Appleton and Green Bay facilities. The DAV is a veteran service organization that offers free transportation to veterans getting care at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center and clinics […]

October is Domestic Abuse Awareness Month

As our nation recognizes October as Domestic Abuse Awareness Month, an agency in Appleton is rising to meet the challenge – literally. Harbor House Domestic Abuse Programs broke ground in September on a $4 million building expansion at 720 W. Fifth St. The added space will offer counseling rooms, private family rooms, quiet waiting rooms […]

RSVP Volunteers Work to Save the Sight of Children

It’s amazing what a half-dozen RSVP volunteers can do. Since 2008, RSVP members Cathy and Jim Glasheen, Jim and Millie Mauthe, Phyllis Klahn and Anne Tischauser have provided free, sight-saving vision screenings for more than 3,000 preschoolers in Outagamie County on behalf of Prevent Blindness Wisconsin. They have referred 105 children for complete eye exams. […]

Volunteerism is Passed Down Through Generations

Volunteering is a family affair for Kathy Salm, who serves as board president and volunteer donation coordinator for the Center for Suicide Awareness. Her husband, Bob, is the emcee for the agency’s annual suicide awareness walk. Her daughter, Karen, posts items on the agency’s social media sites and Karen’s husband, Justin, designed and maintains the […]

Agency Aims to Bring Awareness to Suicide

One person dies by suicide every 13 minutes in the United States, according to Barb Bigalke, founder and executive director of the Center for Suicide Awareness. She also points out: Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people ages 15 to 24, just after traffic accidents. Twenty-two U.S. veterans die every day by […]

Volunteer’s Activities Help ‘Lift up the World’

RSVP volunteer, Mary Jo Mohr, serves the community because it brings meaning and joy to her life. Among the agencies she volunteers at is Harbor House Domestic Abuse Program, where she helps with its largest fundraiser, the Warrior Princess Mud Run. “Now I want to help in some small way to erase the stigma, and […]

Strong Bones Program Growing Stronger!

In 2008, Nancy Krueger started the Strong Bones program and taught one class in Waupaca and one class in Hilbert. Today, there are classes in Chilton, Sherwood, Hilbert, New Holstein, Hortonville, Brillion, Waupaca, New London, Iola, Clintonville, Kaukauna and Appleton. “People drove from all over Calumet County to participate in the class I was leading […]

New Program Gives Voice to People with Disabilities

The Volunteer Center’s newest RSVP station has a new program that advocates for people with disabilities who are victims of crime or abuse. Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW) is a statewide resource for individuals, families and service professionals who are concerned with disability issues. The agency’s Victim Advocacy Program serves people of all ages who are […]

Adult Tutor Provides Community Connection

Helping Latinos who are struggling with communication is one of Tom Stenklyft’s passions. The process brings him back to his roots. His grandparents emigrated from Sweden and in her later years as a widow, his grandmother lived with his family. He recalls her broken English and the difficulty she had with pronouncing the letter “j.” […]

Making The Ride Happen Provides Lifeline to Older Adults

An expert with the Gerontological Society of America regards social isolation as a silent killer because it places people at higher risk for a variety of poor health outcomes. Lenard Kaye, who spoke before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging in April, also reported that more Americans are living in isolation than ever before. […]