Volunteer Role Becomes Good Fit for an Active Lifestyle

When Gail Gertsch had a hip replaced nearly two decades ago she worried that it might slow her down, but she found that exercising and keeping active works wonders. She joined an arthritis aquatic class in the warm-water pool at the downtown YMCA in Appleton and continues to volunteer in the community. Gertsch, who retired […]

Volunteers Keep Active by Serving & Connecting to Their Community

Volunteers play an important role for ThedaCare in the Fox Cities. At ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Appleton, volunteers are stationed at the west entrance, main entrance, outpatient surgery, Soliel Coffee Shop, Gift Shop and Chandler Waiting Room, as well as other locations. Volunteers also are stationed at the Endoscopy Desk at Encircle Health and at the […]

RSVP Member New to Our Community Feels Right at Home

Bea Brown knew that volunteering would help her meet people, but she didn’t know that it also would open up a door to one of her passions in life. She and her husband, Jim, moved to Appleton from International Falls, Minn., in 2016 to be closer to their son, daughter-in-law and three grandchildren who live […]

Volunteers become part of the team at Ascension St. Elizabeth

Volunteers at Ascension NE Wisconsin – St. Elizabeth Campus keep engaged and feel part of the organization, according to Renee Trzebiatowski, the manager of volunteer services. Staff members at the hospital not only train their volunteers and work with them, but they make them feel part of their department by inviting them to activities and […]

Tree Land Supports St. Vincent de Paul Programs

Tree Land at St. Vincent de Paul is open for business through Dec. 29 at Northland Mall in Appleton, but as store manager Mike Holzknecht explains, the store started almost by accident. In 2015, he volunteered at the Christmas Store, which also is operated by SVdP and currently is adjacent to Tree Land. Holzknecht, who […]

RSVP member’s love of English bridges literacy gap

Nancy Pierce retired in 2001 as a registrar at a local hospital, but feels she may have missed her calling in life. “I love English,” she said. “I wish I had gone to college to be an English teacher.” I like the interaction between student and teacher.” The 81 year-old Kaukauna resident uses her passion […]

Fox Valley Literacy Council Helps Adults Succeed and Become Part of the Community

Fox Valley Literacy Council indicates that there are more than 12,500 people in Outagamie County who lack basic literacy skills. To combat this alarming statistic, the nonprofit organization provides free, confidential, one-on-one tutoring for adults in basic reading, writing, English Language Learning and Adult Basic English. It also conducts small classes in citizenship and conversation. […]