RSVP Newsletter
March 12, 2021
From Rosemarie’s desk … 

Spring is on its way!

Spring is often associated with rebirth, renewal and regrowth. It’s such a wonderful time of year when crocus starts to bloom and you know it’s your cue to begin planting radishes, parsnips and spinach. A wonderful array of fresh foods that we crave after a long winter.

The vernal equinox occurs around March 20 or 21, when the sun is directly above the equator, making the day and night equal length. No wonder we are getting itchy to get outdoors!

Trees, plants and bulbs all begin to grow because of spring showers, longer days and warmer temperatures. It’s glorious to see those first spring flowers like dandelions, daffodils, lilacs, lilies and tulips. A beautiful and colorful sight as Mother Nature provides us with an appreciation of our earth. 

Birds start migrating northward, along with the path of the sun, and know that it is time to find a mate. Yes, that’s what all of that singing is about!

Best of all, spring signals Easter, Passover and, our favorite here at VFC, Earth Day. Spring is on the way! Get out and get some fresh air! 

All the best,
Rosemarie
On March 10, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell made the first-ever phone call. It was to his assistant and he said “Mr. Watson, come here. I want to see you.”
Tackling transnational robocall scam

Consumer’s report losing roughly $500 million per year to phone scams. Sign up for this free webinar on Tuesday, April 13, from 1-2 p.m. and understand how phone scammers impersonate government officials. 

You will learn state and local law enforcement’s role in the fight against them. Best of all, the webinar will touch upon public education tools that can help you protect yourself from scammers. Click here for more information and to register for the webinar. 
Stand up and move more! 
 
We all love to relax and restore and sometimes it is necessary. However, in the wake of a pandemic and instructions to stay home and stay safe, some of us are taking that a little too literally. The couch and TV are our best friend, but spending too much time sitting is bad for your health. Find out more here

Moving more has shown to: 
  • Reduce inactive behavior by 68 minutes a day 
  • Reduce problems performing daily activities 
  • Reduce the intensity of pain 
  • Improve functional performance 
  • Improve vitality 
  • Improve general overall health 
 
Strategies for moving more are standing during TV commercials, setting up reminders around the house and spreading out household chores. Stand up and move more, everyone!  
Social activities for seniors

Here are five of the best senior social activities that can help older people stay physically, mentally and emotionally healthy.

  1. Walking
  2. Exercise classes
  3. Swimming and water aerobic classes
  4. Dancing
  5. Board games

The health benefits are endless and an excellent opportunity for socialization and keeping connected with people. Click here for more helpful hints.
Older adults remain isolated despite reopening.

Volunteer efforts have popped up across the country to help ease the lingering isolation of the pandemic among older Americans, creating connections and unexpected friendships. Our Phone Pals program is a great example of connecting two people for a friendly conversation. This easy, human connection has taken off all across the country.

Read more on how some cities are connecting with an intergenerational focus.
Volunteer opportunities

Riverview Gardens: Seeking volunteers to start seeds, plant, harvest, weed and water vegetables and flowers. Schedule is flexible from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday - Friday. Must be able to keep clear records, comply with organic agricultural practices and work cooperatively with others. Physical tasks are bending, kneeling, lifting up to 35 lbs., standing and using hand tools. Fifteen-minute orientation is required. Email info@riverviewgardens.org or register at

Rebuilding Together Fox Valley: Looking for volunteers to perform house repairs. Skilled volunteers are preferred, but we encourage volunteers of all skill levels to help improve our community. Contact Shelah at shelah@rtfv.org or 920-730-2156, ext. 101. 
 
Ascension At Home Hospice: Is seeking military veterans to visit hospice patients who are veterans. Volunteers will be trained before visiting veteran patients to thank them for their service and present them with a gift. No long-term commitment is required and often only one visit is needed. Contact Anne at 866-236-8500.  
 
St. Joseph Food Program: Seeking a donation attendant to assist people who would like to drop off donations by unloading and providing receipts on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. Volunteers also assist with preparing items for pickup or delivery, along with other operational or warehouse assistance. This activity includes lifting and using a pallet jack. Contact Peggy at plynch@stjoesfoodprogram.org or call 920-734-9461, ext. 313.
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 March's schedule, click here.
March Birthdays!
Eugene Hehner - 03/03
Debbi Heyrman - 03/04
Jean Davis - 03/07
Alvera Kenney - 03/07
Gary Lallensack - 03/08
Sandy O’Neill - 03/08
Alice Peters - 03/09
Carol Kluge - 03/10
Julie Sprangers - 03/12
Skip Gardiner - 03/14
James Golden - 03/14
Robert Stanek - 03/15
Ruth Weber - 03/16
Russell Van Straten - 03/17
Robert Hoffman - 03/18
Nancy Graham - 03/19
David Klingbeil - 03/19
Karen Dimmock - 03/21
Joanne Bartz - 03/22
Joyce Cowling - 03/22
Bill McCarty - 03/23
Doraine Hargreaves - 03/25
Clarice Belling - 03/26
Dan Lynch - 03/30

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