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. […]

Falls Prevention Program for Older Adults Proven Effective

Wisconsin ranks No. 1 in the nation for the number of falls for people age 65 and older, and a local agency aims to do something about it. The Aging and Disability Resource Center is sponsoring Stepping On, a program that has proven to reduce falls and build confidence for older adults. Physical therapists, pharmacists, […]

Volunteering in the Community Becomes a Way of Life

Volunteering isn’t just a way to pass time for Barb Ketter – it’s a lifestyle. She volunteers at Community Child Care Center, helps with special events at Westside Elementary School, serves meals at Loaves and Fishes and has been volunteering at the St. Bernadette rummage sale for the last three decades. “I get back more […]

Hospice Helps Patients Discover Joy & Comfort in Each New Day

Hospice is not a loss of hope. It is about living your life to the fullest, in comfort and joy, until the end, according to ThedaCare at Home Hospice. The agency operates two hospice inpatient facilities, both located at the Heritage Peabody Community in Appleton. Jane Shea, hospice volunteer coordinator, explained that hospice was founded […]

Friendship Place Helps People Live Well with Mental Illness

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental health agencies in the Fox Valley address the needs of those living with mental illness and promote the overall mental health of our community. The Retired & Senior 55+ Volunteer Program is helping by recruiting volunteers. In 2017, 35 RSVP volunteers assisted in meeting the mental health needs […]

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 […]