RSVP Volunteer Makes it his Mission to Help Feed the Hungry

Feeding the needy has become the passion of one Kaukauna man who volunteers weekly at three nonprofit agencies focusing on hunger relief. Every Friday, Ray Driessen sorts canned and dry goods in the staples area at St. Joseph Food Program in Menasha. He also helps distribute food to clients. “The biggest thing is giving back […]

Volunteer Finds Her Niche Among Books at Thrift Shop

When JoAnn Weber was employed in the manufacturing sector, she didn’t have time to volunteer. But after she retired in 2012, she started giving back to the community by volunteering at various nonprofit agencies. As a member of the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), which is sponsored by the Volunteer Center in Appleton, she […]

Mentors Inspire and Empower Youth to Succeed

Difference-maker. Game-changer. These are familiar nouns used in advertisements to convince consumers to purchase everything from legal services to exercise equipment. But for folks who want to make a real impact on someone’s life, it can be as simple as sharing a few hours of their time. The Outagamie County Mentoring Program matches adult volunteers […]

RSVP Volunteer Keeps Vans Rolling for Veterans

At 81, RSVP member Cal Gardner is still driving – every day. He drives a shuttle at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center and the Housing Authority and recently began driving the Fox Valley Warming Shelter van, transporting the agency’s clients to downtown Appleton and other important destinations. And since the first of the year, he has […]

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. […]