Mary Jo Mohr winters in Arizona and when she gets back to her Greenville home in spring, she returns to a box full of projects at the Appleton Police Department.

   Mohr, who is a member of the Retired & Senior Volunteer 55+ Program sponsored by Volunteer Fox Cities, has been providing office support to the police department for 14 years. She is a welcome sight at the APD, especially in the finance department. She helps with payroll, overtime spreadsheets, data entry and various other projects.

Mary Jo Mohr of Greenville was one of two volunteers awarded the Appleton Police Department’s Volunteers of the Year trophy. “She is one who needs to keep busy, and we’re blessed she chooses the APD to invest all of that energy of hers,” Beth Jasiak said.

   Beth Jasiak, the executive administrative assistant to the chief & volunteer coordinator, said she is glad Mohr chooses to invest her energy at the police department.

   “During the winter months, a box of projects for Mary Jo is kept and when she returns, she tackles it all,” she said. “In the summer of the pandemic, 2020, on just about any given day, you could find Mary Jo, in the volunteer room, silently, happily, plugging away on her any detailed and complex projects. She never wants any accolades and is an incredible behind-the-scenes partner. She’s a powerful contributor worthy of recognition and praise.”

   That recognition was presented to her in May, when she was one of two volunteers named APD’s Volunteers of the Year.

   Mohr is grateful for the opportunity to learn and to form new friendships.

   “I am inspired by the other volunteers,” she said. “I love what I do, and it sharpens my computer skills. It’s a phenomenal place to work. I am inspired by their kindness dedication to the community. I’ve never felt like an outsider in the building. And it never hurts to be on a first-name basis with the police chief!”

By Jan Sommerfeld, RSVP director