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. […]

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 […]

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.” […]

Riverview Gardens Offers a Place to Grow

It’s planting season at Riverview Gardens in Appleton and leaders of this 77-acre job-training program with an urban farm, park space and hydroponics greenhouse are looking for volunteers to help plant the seeds of positive work ethics, good social skills and team work for participants of its job training program. That’s where RSVP comes in. […]

RSVP Reading Tutors Make a Big Difference at Sunrise Elementary

Super heroes come in many different shapes, sizes and colors and one area teacher defines them as her volunteer reading tutors. Mary Wydeven, who teaches first grade at Sunrise Elementary in the Kimberly Area School District, has been working with volunteers with the RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) 55+ Volunteer Program for 15 years. […]