Tag Archives: Retired and Senior Volunteers

RSVP member’s love of English bridges literacy gap

Nancy Pierce retired in 2001 as a registrar at a local hospital, but feels she may have missed her calling in life. “I love English,” she said. “I wish I had gone to college to be an English teacher.” I like the interaction between student and teacher.” The 81 year-old Kaukauna resident uses her passion […]

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, […]

RSVP Volunteer Keeps Vans Rolling for Veterans

At 81, RSVP member Cal Gardner is still driving – every day. He drives a shuttle at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center and the Housing Authority and recently began driving the Fox Valley Warming Shelter van, transporting the agency’s clients to downtown Appleton and other important destinations. And since the first of the year, he has […]

Adult Tutor Provides Community Connection

Helping Latinos who are struggling with communication is one of Tom Stenklyft’s passions. The process brings him back to his roots. His grandparents emigrated from Sweden and in her later years as a widow, his grandmother lived with his family. He recalls her broken English and the difficulty she had with pronouncing the letter “j.” […]

Riverview Gardens Offers a Place to Grow

It’s planting season at Riverview Gardens in Appleton and leaders of this 77-acre job-training program with an urban farm, park space and hydroponics greenhouse are looking for volunteers to help plant the seeds of positive work ethics, good social skills and team work for participants of its job training program. That’s where RSVP comes in. […]