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. […]

Outagamie County Nutrition Program Offers Plenty of Nutrition & Smiles

The Outagamie County Nutrition Program provides approximately 40,000 to 50,000 nutritious meals a year, along with socialization opportunities, for persons 60 years and older or for people with disabilities, at congregate meal sites throughout Outagamie County. The congregate meal sites are in Hortonville, Seymour, Kaukauna, and two meal sites in Appleton.  In addition to meal […]

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 […]

Celebrating Local Youth: The 2019 Youth Alliance Awards

Volunteer Fox Cities presented the 26th Annual Youth Alliance Awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at the Red Lion Hotel Paper Valley. The Fox Cities Youth Alliance Awards seek to recognize the spirit of volunteerism as found in the future leaders of our community and encourage young people and adults to take hold of that same spirit in their own lives. 

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, […]

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. […]