RSVP Newsletter
February 12, 2021
Linda Cotton & granddaughter
From Rosemarie’s desk … 

Giving back on MLK Day

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Life's most persistent and urgent question is 'What are you doing for others?'"

Just ask RSVP member Linda Cotton. She and her adorable granddaughter, Autumn, came to our MLK Day of Service with a purpose to give to others. They created beautiful greeting cards, complete with hearts, butterflies and a special message to someone in an assisted living facility. Linda and Autumn not only enjoyed the morning by doing a fun project, they spent some quality time together and fulfilled Dr. King's dream of doing something for others.

We love to see families show their next generation firsthand how volunteering makes a difference and how good it feels to help other people.

All the best,
Rosemarie
The odds of being born on Feb. 29 are about 1 in 1,461. Those born on leap day can be called a “leaper” or “leapling.”
Helpful guidance on benefits
Benefit specialists are professionals who “navigate the system” with their broad knowledge of services available, along with advocacy skills, to help you get the answers you need. The goal of the program is to promote and preserve dignity, independence and financial security for those who don't know where to turn to next.

Elder benefit specialists provide counseling, support and technical assistance to individuals age 60 and older on topics like social security benefits, Medicare benefits, Medicare supplemental insurance, consumer problems and much more. They also assist people with understanding the various programs available, related paperwork needed and connecting with resources. Click here for more information. 

If you need help navigating an issue, contact Outagamie County Benefit Specialist Jennifer Trasser at 920-832-5178 or jennifer.trasser@outagamie.org.
COVID-19 February 10, 2021 update

For Outagamie County's latest public health COVID-19 update, state and local data and COVID-19 testing sites, click here. You will also find other testing options, resources and helpful links to answer all of your questions.

Click here to visit Outagamie County public health division's website for more information.
Do you have someone in a care facility?

Fox Valley Memory Project and ADRC are co-facilitating a support group for caregivers who have loved ones in care facilities.

They recognize that it is challenging to be separated from loved ones due to safety regulations. The group’s next meeting will be March 11 at noon. Information can be found here.   
 
If you have questions, contact Becky Deuel at becky.deuel@gci.org or Carrie Esselman at carrie.esselman@outagamie.org 
Healthy living with chronic pain

Did you know that 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain? It's hard to believe. One in 10 Americans has experienced pain every day for three months or more. If you are living with chronic pain, this workshop is for you. Click here for more information.

Join them on Mondays, starting Feb. 22 - March 29 from 12 - 2:30 p.m. for a virtual class to learn more about chronic pain. Call Nancy Krueger at 920-740-9572 to register.
Volunteer opportunities

Boys & Girls Club of the Fox Valley: Needs volunteers to bag prepackaged meals. Requires to be on your feet for two hours. Safety includes masks, gloves and social distancing from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Afternoon shifts available, Monday – Friday at 160 S. Badger Ave., Appleton. Commit for one shift per week, on a weekly basis. Contact Samantha at spackard@bgclubfoxvalley.org or 920-750-5834.  

Make the Ride Happen: Looking for volunteers to be on call during the week to drive folks to essential services, such as banks and grocery stores. Pick up clients at their home, drive them to their destination, wait for them and drive them back home. Volunteers wear face masks. Passengers sit in the rear of the vehicle. Personal protective equipment provided by Lutheran Social Services. Contact Holly at 920-255-1740 or holly.keenan@lsswis.org.

The Community Blood Center: Looking for café attendants to arrange snacks and beverages for blood donors and converse with them to make sure they are feeling healthy after they have completed their donation. Volunteer for a 3-4-hour shift once a month at donor centers in Oshkosh, Little Chute and Appleton. Must be 18. Training is provided. Contact Heather at 920-560-6632 or hduvall@communityblood.org.

Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass: Is seeking volunteers to join our team with a passion for glass and help two days a month as a sales associate. Duties include ringing up sales and tagging and restocking merchandise. Flexible shifts are 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1-4:30 p.m. For more information, contact Kathy at 920-751-4658.
GRAB N GO MEAL SERVICE

Outagamie County Nutrition Program offers APPLETON GRAB N GO Meals for pickup by Outagamie County residents age 60 and older, regardless of income, on Wednesdays.

A reminder that the GRAB N GO Meal Service in Appleton has relocated to the Thompson Center on Lourdes, 2331 E. Lourdes Dr, Appleton. 

Eligible residents must call in their weekly meal order to 920-209-4175 by noon the Monday prior to the Wednesday pickup. All Outagamie County residents age 60 years and older may receive this meal service. Residents who have not received a meal since April 29, 2020, must register. Download a form here.  

For more information and to view February's schedule, click here.
February Birthdays
Paul Kluge – 2/02
Brian Krauss - 2/02
Maynard Bevers – 2/06
Judy Driessen – 2/06
Barb Jahnke – 2/09
Anne Reynolds – 2/09
Robert Verstegen – 2/10
Michael Ratsch – 2/12
Cynthia Hanson – 2/14
Michael Klinkner – 2/17
Kevin Tungate – 2/17

Monica Renkens – 2/18
Chuck Spoehr – 2/18
Joyce Golden – 2/20
Jane Peterson – 2/20
Lois Ver Voort – 2/20
Faye Beyer – 2/22
Mary Harts – 2/23
Marvin Hietpas – 2/24
Alan Haznar – 2/27
Robert Salm – 2/29
Neil Schroeder – 2/29


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