RSVP Newsletter
November 13, 2020
From Rosemarie’s desk … 

Honoring our veterans

Out of all of the holidays we celebrate in the United States, Veterans Day is my favorite. Some Americans view it as a retail opportunity but I see it as a moment to reflect and give heartfelt appreciation to those who served our nation and fought for the freedom that I so cherish every day.

My dad was a World War II veteran and he and his buddies would often tell me stories of their military experiences. Some were good and some not so good. I was coming of age when the Vietnam conflict broke out. Watching the actions of war on the nightly news was frightening and horrifying. I can not imagine what it is like for my life to be in danger every minute of the day. 

This week we honor the brave men and women who gave so many sacrifices to keep all of us safe. We salute the many brave soldiers who choose to serve our republic. Thank you for your courage, hard work and dedication to fight for our American way of life. We are indebted to your service and admire your bravery, not only on this Veteran’s Day, but every day of the year. 

With gratitude,
Hawaii and Arizona are the only two states in the U.S. that do not observe daylight saving time and don't "fall back" like the rest of the nation.
The Salvation Army: 155 years of service
By Jeff Zdrale

When you hear the words, Salvation Army, what do you think of? If it’s a few people in maroon uniforms playing a tuba, tambourine and trumpet on a street corner, you are terribly out of date. This Christian ministry is one of the largest and most diverse nonprofit relief organizations in the world.

Working in more than 120 countries and using 175 different languages, the mission of the Salvation Army is the same —helping the poor, destitute and hungry. From its beginnings in 1865 England, and with the motto “soup, soap and salvation,” this international effort was named the fourth most popular charity in the United States by the “Chronicle of Philanthropy” in 1994. Read more.
The 2020 Holiday Guide is here!

The 2020 Holiday Guide is ready to sprinkle the festive cheer. Spread the love and help our local nonprofits celebrate the holiday season. There are so many volunteer opportunities to choose from that it will be hard to decide. You can do fall activities or be a part of Christmas stores and retail. How about Adopt-a-Family or crafts and decorating? If you love to sing Christmas carols, you will enjoy caroling and visiting as your favorite way to volunteer.

No time to volunteer during the busy holiday season? The guide also includes a holiday wish list from local nonprofits. Children's books, board games and puzzles all make great Christmas gifts. To help stop the spread of the virus, hand sanitizer, masks and cleaning products are needed and appreciated.

Click here to check out the Holiday Guide for many more ways to brighten up someone's holiday.
Join us! Virtual VolunteerFEST 2020
November 16 - 20
Due to COVID-19, we are following local guidelines from health officials on social distancing, so VolunteerFEST 2020 will be a virtual, free and family-friendly event.

Join us for Zoom meetings where you can speak with representatives from many agencies who need YOUR help! Chick here for the Zoom schedule, or to visit the “one stop shop” for agency information and volunteer opportunities, click here! Can’t make the scheduled Zoom time – no worries! All Zoom presentations will be recorded and posted to the One Stop Shop!
Trunk or Treat and Hooks 'n Needles

A huge thank you to everyone for your help and contributions to SOAR & WisconSibs Trunk or Treat. Thanks to you, this event went without a hitch. Thirty-four cars with 134 people were able to enjoy this frightfully fun evening at the drive-through event, held at Palisades Park. In case you didn't know, Fox Cities Greenways provided bike bells, reflective lights and safety lights, bike and hike maps and snacks. Hooks ‘n Needles knitted hats, mittens, scarves and headbands, supported by many Fox Valley knitters. Make the Ride Happen brought trishaws to the event, piloted by witchy pilots Jan Heifner and Laura Anderson. 
Again, thank you for your support and for making Trunk or Treat such a successful event! 
Cheryl Zadrazil 
Make the Ride Happen 
Christ the Rock to deliver Thanksgiving meals 

Christ the Rock is providing a free Community Thanksgiving Meal. All meals will be delivery only, between 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 26.  Meal requests must be made by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24, by calling Christ the Rock at 920-730-8383 or registering at 
This community outreach is made possible through the generosity and support of many volunteers, local businesses and individual donors who make the Thanksgiving Day Meal a reality for many in need.  
Volunteer opportunities

Fox Valley Humane Association: Is seeking volunteers to schedule adoption appointments. Volunteers with experience in reception, call centers or similar skills would be a plus. Time is a couple hours each day to answer incoming phone calls, process adoption questionnaires and call potential adopters back to set up an appointment to meet our team. Some callers miss an adoption opportunity and volunteers need to be comfortable de-escalating the conversation. For details, contact Andrea at

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. 

In addition to GRAB N GO Meal Service, the Outagamie County Nutrition Program provides Frozen Meal Service during COVID-19, distributed from the Nutrition Program meal sites in Hortonville, Kaukauna and Seymour, where eligible homebound older residents receive five frozen meals weekly. In Appleton, Grand Chute and Kimberly, hot Home Delivered Meal Service is provided to eligible homebound older residents Monday through Friday.

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 November's schedule, click here.

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