Volunteer Opens up the World to Homebound Residents

Reading is important to Clarice Belling. That is why this member of the Retired & Senior Volunteer 55+ Program has been participating in the Appleton Public Library’s Walking Books program for the last 14 years. Volunteers of this program deliver materials to homebound patrons. In 2018, the library’s circulation to Walking Books patrons totaled 1,903. […]

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 […]

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, […]