Volunteer Becomes One of the Family through ElderMatch

Jerry Roberts began visiting Elmer Feifarek at his home in Grand Chute as a volunteer for ElderMatch Fox Cities, but through the years, he has become part of the family. Jeanette Feifarek, Elmer’s daughter, moved from her home in Madison last year to be his primary caregiver. She explains that despite her father’s progressive vascular […]

VFC Partners with St. Paul Elder Services to Help Reduce Isolation of Older Adults

Living in isolation can be deadly. Research has linked social isolation and loneliness to higher risks for a variety of physical and mental conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, a weakened immune system, anxiety, depression, cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s disease and even death, according to the National Institute on Aging. To reduce isolation […]

Andersons Team Up in United for Reading Success

Paul Anderson is a big-picture guy, while his wife, Carol, is detail-oriented, but both are passionate about education and have spent nearly the last two decades supporting Horizons Elementary School in Appleton. After teaching at Johnston Elementary School for 30 years, Paul retired in 2000 and began tutoring first-graders at Horizons in United for Reading […]

Volunteers Key to Success of Tutoring Programs in Appleton Schools

Appleton Area School District has been refining and improving its reading and math tutoring programs for more than two decades, but there is one thing that hasn’t changed – volunteers remain the heart and soul of the programs. Volunteer tutors who work with first-graders in the United for Reading Success (UFRS) program support their efforts […]

Women Team Up to Lead StrongBodies Training Program

Cheryl Reissmann has been involved with the StrongWomen program since 2009, when she attended a class at the former Thompson Community Center. “The side-leg raise just killed me,” she said. “And I asked myself, ‘Why am I doing this?’” Because her leg muscles were so weak, she got leg cramps from doing the exercise. But […]

Meal Site Volunteer Connects to People – and their Stories

Bev School retired twice. The former medical transcriptionist left the field about four years ago and then in 2018. But she did not retire from being active in the community. When she became aware that the Outagamie County Nutrition Program needed help with its meal service program at Oneida Heights Apartments, she answered the call. […]

Volunteer Determined to Keep Moving as Long as He Can

Keeping active is in Keith Tomlinson’s DNA. The 75 year-old retired minister and chaplain has completed nine marathons and 11 half-marathons. Even after back surgery two years ago, he crossed the finish line of one more marathon. He runs in pain, but says the pain isn’t any worse when he is running than when he […]

Volunteering Helped Freedom Woman Navigate her Life

Dee Spiegel used to be a shy person, but volunteering through the years changed that. “Now I’m singing karaoke,” she said, smiling. She and her husband, Harlin, lived in Freedom for more than 59 years. After he had a stroke in 2003, she cared for him for 15 years. During that time she continued volunteering, […]