RSVP Volunteers Serve Those in Need During Extraordinary Times

By Jeff Zdrale  Donna and Bob Stanek are quite healthy and they intend to stay that way. Their approach to keeping themselves on top of the COVID virus is good and something that can serve as a model for many other RSVP volunteers. Like many folks in RSVP, this Appleton couple had active and long careers before their volunteering. Donna worked in accounting for the Voith Company […]

Volunteering During a Pandemic 

By Jeff Zdrale  Since the “stay at home” order, I’ve stopped taking afternoon naps. It’s odd. You’d think that, with all this open time at home, I’d be trying to take up some of it by sleeping. Hasn’t happened. I think the big changes in my volunteering schedule had something to do with it. Before the shutdown, I usually drove to […]

Volunteers Get a Kick Out of Playing Iconic Mascots

The next time you see a big, furry mascot walking around town, it might be Bob or Kathy Salm. The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program members never miss a chance to serve their community by dressing in costume for local causes. The Appleton couple is among more than 300 members of RSVP who volunteer throughout […]

Couple Helps Others Build Their Dreams Through Habitat

The worst things in life often bring out the best in people. When Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in August 2005, just weeks after Bonnie Ebbesen retired, she looked for ways to help. “But doors kept getting closed,” she said. “They would say, ‘Just send money, we don’t have any place for you.’” She […]

Cycling Without Age Offers New, Unique Volunteer Opportunity  

By Jeff Zdrale   “Cheryl, I’ve heard of rickshaws, but what the heck are trishaws?” That’s what I asked Cheryl Zadrazil at Fox Cities Greenways, Inc., and when I started to learn about the Cycling Without Age (CWA) program. She told me about trishaws. They’re pedal-assisted cargo bikes that propel a roofless cab seating one or […]

Volunteer Integrates Many Roles Into an Active Lifestyle

   Lorna Hamilton believes folks need a reason to get up in the morning. For her, that reason is volunteering.    The 87 year-old Menasha woman has been registering blood donors at The Community Blood Center for more than a decade.    Laurie Kiffel, account manager in donor recruitment at The Community Blood Center, praises […]

Program Provides Lifeline for Families Living with Memory Loss

   Fox Valley Memory Project is a godsend, not only for folks experiencing memory loss, but for their family, care partners and friends.    That’s because it operates and supports programs and services that improve their quality of life.    Located at the Goodwill Community Campus at 1800 Appleton Road in Menasha, the Memory Project’s purpose […]

Mentoring Program Paves Way for Long-Lasting Friendship

When Scott Cieslek was looking for volunteer opportunities three years ago, his wife and daughter agreed that he would be a good mentor. They were right. He was matched with a boy who was on the waiting list for the Outagamie County Mentoring Program and they have been getting together weekly ever since. The program, […]

Big Brothers Big Sisters & Best Friends Join Forces to Help More Families

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fox Valley Region and Best Friends of Neenah-Menasha merged on Jan. 1 to become one organization called Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Central Wisconsin. The newly combined youth mentoring agency, which is located at 1331 American Dr., Neenah, will serve more than 650 youth in Calumet, Outagamie, Waupaca […]

Celebrate the Holidays & Relive Victorian Traditions

Visitors who tour Hearthstone Historic House Museum in December will feel like they are wandering into the old poem, “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Rooms will be decorated with unique features of the season, along with aspects of Victorian yuletide traditions, including antique dolls and toys under the trees decorated with antique ornaments. Sugared and […]